For Instructors

General Education Courses:

  • provide an introduction to the habits of mind and engaging problems associated with a field of study;
  • develop essential skills by equipping students with the tools they will need as undergraduates and after graduation;
  • communicate that, while a subject may be difficult, all students can succeed if they complete the work and take advantage of course and university resources;
  • use inclusive language and present inclusive assignments;
  • incorporate high impact practices such as undergraduate research and community engaged learning;
  • offer access and referral to support resources, including Academic Advising by College or School, Center for Academic Program Support Peer Tutoring, resource centers, help with crisis or challenges such as food insecurity via Dean of Students, and Student Health and Counseling and mental health.

Proposing a New General Education Course

Departments can propose that an existing course (or a course proposed through a Form B) become a general education course by submitting a Form C with a completed Combined UNM General Education Form C and New Mexico Curriculum & Articulation Committee (NMCAC) Certification Form

For more information and help proposing a course, please contact Associate Registrar Michael Raine at

Programs to Help Faculty Develop and Strengthen General Education Courses

Workshops on Developing Students' Essential Skills:

The Center for Teaching and Learning is collaborating with experienced general education instructors on offering a series of workshops to enhance course design and teaching of: Communication, Digital & Information Literacy, Quantitative Literacy, Personal & Social Responsibility, Critical Thinking. Information Coming Soon. Please check forthcoming all faculty messages for updates.

Center for Teaching and Learning Teaching Fellows Program

CTE works to cultivate learner-centered teaching across campus. Its mission is to support faculty as they cultivate engagement, equity, and learning in their classrooms. We introduce instructors to evidence-based pedagogical techniques, a scholarly approach to teaching, and create spaces for thoughtful conversations about teaching and learning in an effort to foster a culture of teaching excellence at UNM. As part of this mission, CTE supports several teaching fellows annually in cohort-based development of distinctive projects to improve and enhance courses, including online courses. See Center for Teaching & Learning.

The Student Experience Project (SEP at UNM)

Offers faculty easily implemented tools based in social psychological research to support students in the classroom by creating an inclusive environment for resilience and persistence. Faculty fellows participate in a community of practice and receive access to research validated modules and a library focused on growth mindset and belonging.  Instructors who used SEP tools in Fall 2020 courses measurably improved academic outcomes for students, including students of color, high financial stress students, transfer students, and women under-represented in certain disciplines. For more information, please contact Joe Suilmann at

Expanding Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experiences (ECURE)

ECURE introduces students in STEM general education courses to entry-level undergraduate research experiences with the goal of providing equitable, engaging and inclusive access to research and investigation. For this purpose, STEM is defined as those disciplines which can be supported by NSF funding (which includes economics, sociology, psychology and anthropology, in addition to engineering and traditional science disciplines). For more information, please contact Tim Schroeder, Director, Undergraduate Research, Art, and Design network, at