Funding provided for new courses that challenge institutional barriers

September 14, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Office for General Education is soliciting proposals for course creation or delivery that challenge institutional barriers. 

“We know that great course ideas are hindered due to unintended consequences of funding and administrative and funding processes across the university," Maggie Slattery, assistant dean for General Education at Penn State, said. "We are looking forward to learning about these challenges while also hearing about many creative ideas that faculty have. Along with the development of exciting new gen-ed courses, this will give us a chance to overcome barriers faculty face in proposing and offering courses as we work toward our goal of One Penn State 2025.”

Faculty of any rank, from any college and campus at Penn State, are welcome to submit a proposal. General Education will prioritize proposals that address clearly identified institutional barriers. One example of a widely known barrier is the need to teach select general education courses at a particular campus because it meets requirements in several key majors, but also decreases variety for students in other majors. Staff will work with the submitting faculty and provide funding for development and teaching coverage.

Find a submission form and more information at The deadline for submission is Oct. 20. Questions can be directed to

The Office for General Education is part of Undergraduate Education, the academic and administrative unit that provides leadership and coordination for University-wide programs and initiatives to support undergraduate teaching and learning at Penn State. Learn more about Undergraduate Education at

Last Updated September 14, 2021