General Education Committee

The state General Education Committee is responsible for reviewing the competencies and rubrics of the general education framework for each institution to ensure its alignment with the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Essential Learning Outcomes.

Faculty discipline groups have ongoing responsibilities for ensuring consistency and relevance of general education competencies related to their discipline. The rubrics and competencies are reviewed and updated every three years. The General Education Committee consists of a representative from each Idaho public postsecondary institution appointed by the Board; a representative from the Division of Career Technical Education, as an ex officio member; a representative from the Idaho Registrars Council; and the Office of the State Board of Education Associate Academic Officer, who serves as chair to the committee.

General Education Committee Members

  • Heidi Estrem, Chair
    Associate Academic Officer
    Office of the State Board of Education
  • Sherry Simkins
    Dean of Instruction for General Studies
    North Idaho College, Representative
  • Martin Gibbs
    Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences
    Lewis-Clark State College, Representative
  • Jacob Haeberle
    Interim Dean of General Education
    College of Eastern Idaho, Representative
  • Ryan Faulkner
    College of Eastern Idaho, Dean of Online Learning
    Digital Learning, Representative
  • Karen Appleby
    Idaho State University, Vice Provost for Faculty Success and Instruction
    Idaho State University, Representative
  • Mandy Nelson
    Boise State University – Registrar
    Idaho Registrars Council Ex-officio Member
  • Dean Panttaja
    Director of General Education and Assessment
    University of Idaho, Representative
  • Candyce Reynolds
    Director, Foundations/Gen. Ed.
    Boise State University, Representative
  • Debbie Ronneburg
    Interim Dean, College of Technology
    Idaho State University, Technical College Leadership Council Representative
  • Tiffany Seeley-Case
    Dean of General and Transfer Education
    College of Southern Idaho, Representative
  • Karina Smith
    Boise State University – Assistant Director of Concurrent Enrollment
    Dual Credit, Representative
  • Ann Abbott
    University of Idaho, Intermountain Forestry Cooperative, Postdoctoral Fellow
    Open Education, Representative
  • Greg Wilson
    General Education Coordinator
    College of Western Idaho, Representative
  • General Education Committee Staff

  • Patty Sanchez
    Academic Affairs Program Manager
    Office of the State Board of Education
  • Dana Kelly
    Student Affairs Program Manager
    Office of the State Board of Education
  • Ruby Jones
    Academic Affairs Administrative Assistant
    Office of the State Board of Education