Ad Hoc Committee on COLL 199 Implementation

This committee presented its report [pdf] to the Faculty of Arts & Sciences on September 3, 2019. 


At the April 3, 2018, meeting of the Faculty of Arts & Sciences, the faculty approved a resolution describing a COLL 199 addition to the general education requirements, and creating and charging an Ad Hoc Committee on COLL 199 Implementation to undertake further study and report back to the faculty. The resolution reads as follows:

The COLL 199 is a requirement that all students take a course of at least 3 credits dealing with justice and equity. The COLL 199 attribute may be applied to other COLL courses, including COLL 100s, 150s, and 200s. Students who take such courses will earn credit toward both requirements. This attribute can be affixed to any course that successfully addresses two pedagogical goals.

These goals are: 1) to deepen students’ understanding of the value-laden processes of social inclusion and exclusion through institutional, cultural, and normative practices that are both historical and ongoing; 2) to provide students with a rigorous academic space in which to explore differences in perspective while foregrounding reasoned and respectful discussion as the means for achieving common ground.

To meet these pedagogical goals, COLL199 courses will: 1) examine social norms, institutional practices, and patterns of belonging and marginalization by exploring at least two key social categories including, but not limited to: race, gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, language, religion and disability; 2) emphasize respectful dialogue among students as an integral component of the course; and 3) enable critical reflection by requiring students to make sustained connections between the course material and contemporary life in the United States.


The vote on the implementation of the COLL 199 requirement will occur no earlier than the December 2018 but no later than the February 2019 Faculty of Arts & Sciences meeting. The FAC will appoint by the end of this academic year an ad hoc committee to further study the implications of Arts & Sciences adopting and carrying out such a requirement.

The ad hoc committee will be composed of the following:

  • At least one member from the original subcommittee that developed the COLL 199 proposal.
  • At least one member of the Center for Liberal Arts.
  • At least one member from the Educational Policy Committee.
  • Representatives in equal number from Area I, Area II, and Area III departments and programs.
  • A diversity of faculty representative of the identity categories outlined in the COLL 199 proposal.

The ad hoc committee will create and distribute a report to the Faculty of Arts & Sciences no later than the November 2018 Faculty of Arts & Sciences meeting that includes the following information:

  • Experience in the field: This ad hoc committee will continue the work of the Race and Race Relations Task Force and Implementation team, and the EPC subcommittee on the COLL199 proposal. A description of the status, implementation, and outcomes of COLL 199-like requirements at our peer institutions, including but not limited to the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) institutions. When practicable, that analysis should include an analysis of the impact such requirement adoption has on students and faculty of color.
  • Budget: A proposed budget for the implementation of a COLL 199 requirement, including necessary training and course development in line with best practices, and necessary hiring of faculty and staff.
  • Resources: In consultation with the Provost and the Dean of Arts & Sciences, information on the available resources in Arts & Sciences to support implementation of a COLL 199 requirement.
  • Other: Any other relevant information that the ad hoc committee believes would be useful for informing the faculty as it deliberates COLL 199.