Certification of New GE Courses

​To be able to include a course in the General Education category, a detailed course syllabus must be provided, and an application form showing how the course addresses the learning outcomes of a specific GE area, must be filled out and submitted by the course instructor or by the department’s chairperson using the online Moodle submission form​. A GE certification is given for one year, and re-certification is required at the end of the first year and every three-years. The evaluators will examine for re-certification the course portfolio that may include sample students’ assignments, presentations, projects, etc. 

Some of the criteria that will be used for designating a course under “General Education” are:

  • The course must address the critical thinking and ethical behavior related outcomes.
  • A Humanity course should cover at least one of the two humanities-specific learning outcomes. A Humanity course which highly correlates to all Learning Outcomes is classified as List I; otherwise it is classified as List II. 
  • A Social Science course should cover at least one of the two social sciences-specific learning outcomes. A Social Science course which highly correlates to all Learning Outcomes is classified as List I; otherwise it is classified as List II. 
  • A Natural Science course should cover at least the two natural sciences-specific learning outcomes.
  • If a course addresses more than one GE area, an application form for each of the relevant area must be filled out.
  • Multi-section courses: It is expected that sections of the same course achieve the same learning outcomes. Therefore, an application for GE designation is required per course and not per section.
  • Existing GE courses do not require approval by the academic or curriculum committee. These courses need only to be validated by the GE Board for inclusion in the list of GE offerings for next semester.
  • New GE courses must be approved by the Faculty curriculum committee before applying to GE designation.
  • A faculty member is required to submit the course for GE designation. The department chairperson’s approval is required; the mechanism is left internal to the department.
  • The list of GE courses will be updated regularly (on Banner).
  • A separate submission for GE approval is required for each special topics course such as  CVSP 208 courses A, B, C, D, E, etc…. that is CVSP 208A, separate from CVSP 208B, separate from CVSP 208C etc…..
  • A specialized course that meets GE Learning Outcomes could be designated as GE if it has no pre-requisite course.