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Brigham Young University. Department of Honors and General Education



  • Existence: 1986 - 2002


The Department of Honors and General Education (1986-2002) was an administrative unit of Brigham Young University that oversaw the general education component of a BYU education and the Honors Program.

The General Education and Honors administrative body was formed at Brigham Young University in 1986, when General Education and University Honors Education were placed under the leadership of one administrator, known as the Dean of General Education and Honors, who reported directly to the university. This continued until 2002 when the name was changed to Undergraduate Education, which reflected its main focus. General Education and Honors oversaw the GE component of a BYU education as well as the Honors Program. At various points in its existence, the administration also supervised First-Year Writing, Freshman Academy, the Freshman Year Office, and Pre-professional Advisement.

Deans of General Education and Honors included James R. Kearl (1986-1989), Harold L. Miller Jr. (1989-1993), Paul A. Cox (1993-1997), James E. Faulconer (Acting Dean, 1997-1998; Dean, 1998-2000), and George S. Tate (2000-2002).

Shibboleth, 1997: p. 4 of cover (Brigham Young University, Department of Honors and General Education)

Agenda: General and Honors Education: College Deans' Council, September 7, 1993: Administration page (Dean [Cox] with four deans, each with a particular assignment: Honors, writing, GE, pre-professional)

Brigham Young University General Catalog 1987-1988: p. 33 (James R. Kearl, dean of GE); 36 (Kearl dean of University Honors Education; Dean of GE and Honors same for the first time); p. 305 (Honors and General Education)

Brigham Young University 1990-1991 General Catalogue: p. 14 (Harold L. Miller, Jr., dean)

Brigham Young University 1994-1995 Undergraduate Catalog: p. 36 (Paul A. Cox, dean of GE); p. 39 (Cox dean of Honors)

Brigham Young University 1998-1999 Undergraduate Catalog: pp. 45, 50 (James E. Faulconer, acting dean)

Brigham Young University 1999-2000 Undergraduate Catalog: pp. 44, 49 (Faulconer dean)

Brigham Young University 2001-2002 Undergraduate Catalog: pp. 64, 68 (George S. Tate, dean)

General Education Program, June 5, 1986: p. 1 (Outgoing Dean: Donald K. Jarvis [Russian] [till September 1, 1986]/Incoming Dean of Honors and General Education: J. R. Kearl [Economics and Law])

Kristen Morris, History of the Brigham Young University Honors Program: 1978-2001: The Building and Restructuring of an Honors Program: p. 30 (James R. Kearl, dean 1986-1989); p. 31 (significant changes in GE; university placed GE under leadership of Dean of Honors, making Kearl first dean of Honors and General Education [variant names] in 1986; one dean over both programs); p. 38 (Kearl served until 1989 when appointed associate academic vice president; Harold L. Miller, Jr., dean from 1989-1993); p. 45 (Honors and GE established Pre-Law Advisement Center in August 1990; placed under Student Life in May 1998); p. 46 (Paul A. Cox, dean 1993-1997); p. 47 (Cox divided deanship into four portfolios—one associate dean for Honors, one for GE, one for undergraduate support, one for writing programs); p. 55 (Faulconer appointed Acting Dean in 1997; Dean from 1998-2000; altered program administration to give more power to associate deans and diminish parochial changes from administrator to administrator); p. 56 (Freshman Academy placed under GE and Honors in 1998, previously reported to associate academic vice president); p. 63 (George S. Tate appointed Dean May 2000)

Found in 6 Collections and/or Records:

College of Undergraduate Education dean records, 1980-2012

Identifier: UA 1205 Series 5
Scope and Contents Contains materials produced or collected by George S. Tate during his work as a university faculty member and administrator. Includes minutes, memorandums, reports, department restructuring materials, and planning agendas from the Department of Humanities, Classics, and Comparative Literature from between 1980 and 2012. Also includes articles published by Tate, and materials from his service in the General Education Task Force that was organized in 2000 and worked until 2005, evaluating the...
Dates: 1980-2012

College of Undergraduate Education records

Identifier: UA 1205
Scope and Contents

Contains administrative files, correspondence, reports, awards information, and general information on the General Education and Honors programs. Also contains materials produced or collected by George S. Tate during his work as associate dean of General Education & Honors and dean of Undergraduate Education. Materials dated 1960 to 2012.

Dates: 1960-2012

Department of Honors and General Education administrative records, 1965-1993

Identifier: UA 1205 Series 1
Scope and Contents

Contains administrative records from General Education and Honors, including minutes, agendas, proposals, drafts, lists, and correspondence. Materials focus on the General Education program, including faculty and curriculum development, conferences and other events, and development of publications. Dated 1965 to 1993.

Dates: 1965-1993

Department of Honors and General Education correspondence, 1980-1993

Identifier: UA 1205 Series 2
Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence relating to both the General Education and Honors programs. Dated 1980-1993.

Dates: 1980-1993

Department of Honors and General Education records on Alcuin Awards, 1985-1991

Identifier: UA 1205 Series 3
Scope and Contents

Memorandums, letters, forms, files on winners, historical information, lists, resumes and CVs, and other records documenting nominations and awarding of Alcuin Awards. The Alcuin fellowship recognized outstanding teacher-scholars who made significant contribution to the curriculum. Dated 1985-1991.

Dates: 1985-1991

Department of Honors and General Education records on Honors Program, 1960-1995

Identifier: UA 1205 Series 4
Scope and Contents

Contains historical information on the Honors Program, samples of student files, information on various Honors courses, and information on the WHOLE program. Materials dated 1960-1995.

Dates: 1960-1995