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General Regulations and Guidelines

  • 1. Faculty developing a general education course proposal should be familiar with the general education policy and its expectations. (Please see Academic Senate web site - University Policy Statements or the GE Program website.)


  • 2. The GEGC will look for documentation that the course is appropriate for and meets the criteria for the requested designation(s) and level. (Please see the current General Education Policy for the description of the designations and criteria.)


  • 3. GEGC’s central focus in course proposal review is the achievement of the Essential General Education Student Learning Outcomes and not the traditional “discipline exclusiveness” (i.e. Foundation). Burden of proof for the development, achievement, and assessment of the student learning outcomes within a specific designation rests with the unit (e.g. program or department or college) developing the course proposal.


  • 4. Departments should strive to design courses in which the GE learning objectives are integrated throughout the course.


  • 5. Normally, a course should have a formal curriculum certification by the University and be listed as “active” in the Department’s Active Courses file (CS Link / Class Management � Active Courses) to be eligible for review by the GEGC.
    • a.) Exception: New course proposals to the university that are requesting general education approval are eligible for GEGC review concurrent with the university curriculum festival provided the GE course proposals have been approved by the department and college curriculum committees and the College Dean (or designee).


  • 6. Course proposals and supporting documents, must be in electronic PDF format.


  • 7. A GE Course Proposal consists of the following:
    • a.) General Education Course Proposal Action Form
      • i.) Available on the General Education Program website.
      • ii.) Courses cross-listed in more than one department/college must have been approved by both parties and submit to the GEGC coincidently.
    • b.) Standard Course Outline (SCO)
      • i.) Standard course outlines should adhere to their college or disciplines template.
      • ii.) Should your department/college not have a template, a standard course outline template and sample are available in the curriculum handbook.
      • iii.) General Education Student Learning Outcomes are clearly identified.
      • iv.) GE Student Learning Outcomes are clearly assessed.
    • c.) Supporting documents:
      • i.) Statement on how the course meets the requested designations.
      • ii.) Statement about multiple sections/instructors conformity and uniformity.
      • iii.) Sample(s)
        • 1.) Course Syllabus
          • a.) General Education Student Learning Outcomes are identified.
          • b.) GE Student Learning Outcomes are assessed.
        • 2.) Examination questions, term paper topics, course projects, homework, or other assignments or activities, as appropriate.
      • iv.) The GEGC may request additional information if the course proposal appears to be inadequate.


  • 8. Courses in the Foundation phase are numbered 100-199.


  • 9. Exploration courses include courses not in the Foundation phase or Capstone phase.


  • 10. Courses can be designated as Global Issues or Human Diversity in the U.S. but not both.


  • 11. Upper division GE courses - those numbered 300 or higher - must have the entire GE Foundation as prerequisites.


  • 12. Capstone courses:
    • a.) Types: Advanced Skills, Service Learning, Interdisciplinary, Integrative Learning, and Writing Intensive.
    • b.) Demonstrably develop advance college skills, including synthesis and application of knowledge, analysis, critique, and research.
    • c.) Shall be upper-division.
    • d.) Entire GE Foundation as prerequisite.
    • e.) One or more Explorations courses as prerequisite.
    • f.) Writing Intensive courses enrollments shall not exceed 35 students.
    • g.) Writing component is a minimum of 2500 words with feedback and revisions (with the exception of Writing Intensive courses).
    • h.) Writing Intensive designation has a writing component minimum of 5000 words with feedback and revisions.
    • i.) Writing Intensive designated courses have specific final grade criteria.
    • j.) All capstones eligible for writing intensive designation


  • 13. Exploration Courses:
    • a.) All areas outside the Foundation curriculum.
    • b.) Excludes Capstone courses.


  • 14. GE courses are not designed for majors only unless it is an Integrative Learning Capstone.


  • 15. No course identified as available for credit in a graduate program will be permitted for GE Credit.


  • 16. Double numbered courses (400 and 500 level) may not be used for GE Credit.
Section 6: General Education
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