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GE Course Development and Approval

Step 1:  Determine the GE Category (Foundation, Explorations, Capstone) for which you would like to develop your course. The GE course content requirements must be be reflected in both the course justification section and the course outline of subject matter in the Standard Course Outline (SCO).

Step 2:  Next, identify the GE Essentials Skills associated with your course based on the GE Essential Skills GRID. Depending on your GE Category, some skills may be predetermined for you or you may need to choose ones that best match your course objectives. From the GE Essential Skills GRID, each skill is linked to the GE Essential Skills and Outcomes page that describes the skill, details associated Student Learning Outcomes (SLO), and links to sample rubrics. The skills you list as a primary focus for the course must be included in the SLOs in the SCO.

Step 3:  Complete the GE Action Request (GEAR) Form pdf symbol

Step 4:  Finish your SCO using your department/college SCO or the GEGC SCO templatepdf symbolGEGC SCO Word Template. Be sure that the primary skills you identified for your course on the GEAR form match the ones described in your SCO.

    • Please note: The SLOs identified in your Standard Course Outline (SCO) should reflect the GE Essential Skills identified for your class.

Step 5:  Submit your completed materials following the University Course Approval Process for General Education.

Upon approval from the college level, forward an electronic copy of your signed documents to Jonathon Bolin in the Office of Undergraduate Studies. Once received, the GEGC will evaluate courses for inclusion into the GE program.

To be considered for discussion in a meeting, submissions should be received by Jonathon Bolin no later than 10 days before the date of a meeting. Once received, submissions will be put in the queue for evaluation and added to an agenda as soon as possible.


For Assistance

If you need assistance completing these forms, please contact your GEGC representatives or the appropriate associate dean of your college. You may also contact the Office of Undergraduate Studies and Academic Advising at (562) 985-7520.

If you need assistance developing or implementing a GE course please contact your interim GE Coordinator, Dr. Mary McPherson.

If you need assistance developing or implementing a Writing Intensive course please visit the Writing Across the Curriculum website or contact Dr. John Scenters-Zapico.


GE Course Submission Periods

  Submitted & Approved 10/1-2/1 Submitted & Approved 2/2-9/30
Courses New to the University Effective the next Fall
Existing Courses New to General Education or Adding a GE Category Effective the next Fall Effective the next Spring
Existing General Education Courses Asking to Remove General Education Category Effective the next Fall Effective the Next Spring


GE Course Decertification

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