Liberal Education Revitalization


  • To clarify and promote benefits of liberal education for students attending the U of L.
  • To make recommendations to empower departments and units to promote the benefits of liberal education to current and future students more positively.
  • To provide a strong and unambiguous theme that can be integrated into our recruitment and retention strategies.
  • To recommend a framework for the integrated programming of Liberal Education at the U of L.

Outcomes of Success

  • Increased understanding of Liberal Education and its application at the U of L.
  • Better articulation of Liberal Education across units and Faculties.
  • Better integration of Liberal Education across a student’s major programming.
  • Increased satisfaction of U of L learners leading to increased retention and persistence to graduation.
  • Enhanced understanding by learners of the core teaching of Liberal Education as a foundation of excellence.
  • Increased sense of community.
  • Improved ability to provide effective recruitment and retention strategies.
Team: Leader:  Shelly Wismath, Liberal Education - 2013
Sean Annis, UVolunteer - 2016
Craig Cooper, Dean's Representative - 2015
Nicole Eva, Library - 2015
Bev Garnet, Liberal Education - 2015
Jean Harrowing, Health Sciences - 2016
Cameron Howey, Students' Union - 2016
Dan Kazakoff, Management - 2016
Bryan Kolb, Cdn. Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience - 2014
Bruce MacKay, Liberal Education - 2015
Kristie Masuda, Health Sciences - 2017
Chris Mattatall, Education - 2017
Heather Mirau, Integrated Planning - 2013
Jan Newberry, Anthropology - 2013
Janay Nugent, History - 2016
Shelley Scott/Josephine Mills (2016), Fine Arts - 2014
Diana Sim, Volunteer Lethbridge - 2016


  • SMT meetings - November 2013-September 2014.
  • Research, and focus group sessions with advisors and staff, students, Alumni, and faculty members - January -September, 2014.
  • Deans' Council review - April 2, 2014.
  • Draft Proposal submitted to Provost - September 29, 2014.
  • Interviews with Dean Cooper October 17, 2014 and Bruce MacKay October 21, 2014
  • Presentation to Academic Council - October 22, 2014
  • Presentation to Liberal Education Unit - November 3, 2014
  • Presentation to Deans' Council - November 26, 2014
  • General Faculties Council accepted the Liberal Education Revitalization Proposal for implementation - Dec. 10, 2014
  • Presentations to all Faculty Councils - January-March, 2015
  • Presentations to administrative units - January-April, 2015
  • Partnership with Volunteer Lethbridge established - March-April, 2015
  • Friends of Liberal Education established - April, 2015
  • Education & awareness campaign initiated February, 2015 and ongoing.
  • Proposal to modify GLER list and Increase Awareness of Liberal Education by changing the title of the GLER to Lib Ed List, to open the Lib Ed List to all Faculties, and to include a new section for Lib Ed in the Introduction of the Calendar effective May 1, 2016 approved by Curriculum Coordinating Council May 11, 2015 and GFC June 1, 2015.
  • Presentation to Senate - April 11, 2015
  • Presentation to Board of Governors - April 28, 2015
  • Presentations and feedback sessions ongoing with academic and administrative units.
  • Summary of LERT actions to date posted on Lib Ed web page under Faculty and Staff tab, along with all other approved proposals.
  • The official Calendar insert was accepted at CCC as an item for information for insert in the next Calendar - Oct. 21, 2015
  • The Proposal to modify and expand the Liberal Education Lists to include courses from Education, Health Sciences and Management was approved at CCC Oct. 21, 2015 and by GFC November 2, 2015
  • LERT expanded with a broader membership across all Faculties, Library, and Students' Union
  • LERT introduced first questions in Canadian University Survey Consortium re Lib Ed student impact - Jan. 2016
  • Proposal to Curriculum Coordinating Council for changes to Lib. Ed. lists - February, 2016
  • Friends of Liberal Education Award approved - April, 2016
  • Confirmed Lib Ed list policy changes for CCC - June, 2016
  • Presentation at Canadian Association for Service Learning Conference in Calgary - May, 2016
  • Changes to cross-listing calendar wording at CCC - Oct., 2016
  • Communications and consultations with units are ongoing throughout 2016 and 2017
  • Shelly Wismath continued with keynote talks at NSO, Ahead of the Herd, Open House, Residence, High School Research students, In-house service workshops
  • Student presentation to GFC with discussion on Proposal for a Sustainable Liberal Education Governance Structure - February, 2017
  • School of Liberal Education approved by Board of Governors - April 13, 2017


Reports are available on the Liberal Education web page under the Faculty/Staff tab: