This executive order is issued pursuant to Education Code 66763, Title 5, California Code of Regulations, sections 40402.1, 40403, 40405, 40405.1, 40405.2, 40405.3, 40405.4, and 40508, and the Standing Orders of the Board of Trustees, Section II(a).
This executive order is intended to establish a common understanding of the requirements for CSU General Education Breadth (GE) and to provide for the certification of courses completed by transfer students at regionally accredited institutions. Reciprocity among CSU campuses for full and subject-area completion of lower-division GE Requirements is also addressed in this executive order. This executive order is effective for students subject to the fall 2018 and subsequent catalog years.
This document also addresses:
- Applicability of the policy (Article 1, page 1),
- Patterns that fulfill General Education requirements (Article 2, page 2),
- Premises of CSU General Education Breadth (Article 3, page 5),
- Distribution of General Education Breadth units (Article 4, page 6),
- Transfer and articulation (Article 5, page 9),
- Implementation and governance (Article 6, page 16).
Article 1. Applicability
1.1Prior to Completion of CSU Lower-Division General Education Breadth Requirements
The requirements, policies and procedures adopted pursuant to this executive order are effective for students subject to the fall 2018 and subsequent catalog years who have not previously been enrolled continuously at a campus of the CSU or the California Community Colleges (CCC) and who have not satisfied lower-division general education requirements according to the provisions of Title 5 Section 40405.2 or 40405.3.
1.2Subsequent to Completion of Entire CSU General Education Breadth Requirements
Subsequent to completion of CSU GE lower-division and upper-division requirements, a student shall not be required to satisfy additional exclusively general education breadth requirements.
Article 2. Fulfilling CSU General Education Breadth Requirements
2.1CSU GE Breadth Patterns
Policies adopted by the Board of Trustees in July 1991 provide three optional patterns for undergraduate students to fulfill CSU GE requirements:
a.CSU General Education Breadth
Fulfillment of CSU GE requirements (Title 5, Section 40405.1), includes lower-division certification by a California Community College or a CSU, and also includes the completion of 9 upper-division semester units (or 12 upper-division quarter units) consisting of a minimum of 3 semester units each (or 4 quarter units) each in Areas B, C and D; or
b.Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)
Completion of the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) (Title 5, Section 40405.2), as certified by a CCC, and also includes the completion of 9 upper-division semester units (or 12 upper-division quarter units) consisting of a minimum of 3 semester units (or 4 quarter units) each in Areas B, C and D; or
c.University of California (UC) Campus Lower-Division
Completion of lower-division general education requirements of a University of California campus (Title 5, Section 40405.3), as certified by that campus, and also includes the completion of 9 upper-division semester units (or 12 upper-division quarter units) consisting of a minimum of 3 semester units (or 4 quarter units) each in Areas B, C and D.
2.2CSU Systemwide Requirements
2.2.1General Education Requirements
- CSU campus GE requirements shall conform to the requirements established in this executive order and shall not exceed the requirements for 39 lower-division and 9 upper-division semester-units (or quarter-unit equivalent) in the defined GE Areas.
- A baccalaureate candidate who has not completed either the IGETC or UC-campus pattern specified in Article 2 shall complete the CSU General Education Breadth requirements described in Article 4, Subsections A through E, totaling a minimum of 48 semester units or equivalent quarter units.
- Subsequent to a change of major, the student shall not be subject to different or additional GE requirements solely to address CSU GE requirements already satisfied.
- A grade of C- or better is required in each CSU or transfer course in written communication in the English language (A2), oral communication in the English language (A1), critical thinking (A3), and mathematics/quantitative reasoning (B4). (Title 5 Sections 40803, 40804, 40804.1).
- Each CSU campus shall establish the minimum grades for satisfactory completion of remaining general education breadth courses, subject to reciprocity requirements specified in Section 5.6 of this EO.
Nine upper-division semester units (12 upper-division quarter units) are required according to the following distribution:
- Area B (3 semester or 4 quarter units) Scientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning
- Area C (3 semester or 4 quarter units) Arts and Humanities
- Area D (3 semester or 4 quarter units) Social Sciences
The 9 upper-division GE courses are designed to be taken after upper-division status (completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units) is attained. Students enrolling in upper-division GE courses shall have completed required lower-division GE courses in written communication, oral communication, critical thinking, and mathematics/quantitative reasoning. Campuses may require no more than 9 upper-division GE semester units (or the quarter equivalent).
The 9 semester (12 quarter) units of upper-division GE shall be taken within the CSU. In all cases, students shall meet the residency requirements specified in Title 5 Section 40403.
Exceptions to the foregoing requirements may be authorized only under the following circumstances:
- In the case of an individual student, the campus may grant a partial waiver of one or more of the particular requirements of Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations, Section 40405.1 to avoid demonstrable hardship. Each campus shall have clearly stated policy regarding such waivers.
- In the case of high-unit major degree programs, the chancellor may grant exceptions to one or more requirements for students completing the particular program. Such exception must be approved at the campus level prior to initiating a request to the Chancellor's Office. A full academic justification shall be submitted to the executive vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, who shall submit his or her recommendation and the campus recommendation (along with all relevant documents) to the chancellor.
- A student who has been admitted to a baccalaureate degree program is exempt from additional GE requirements if:
- The student has previously earned a baccalaureate or higher degree from an institution accredited by a regional accrediting association; or
- The student has completed equivalent academic preparation, as determined by the appropriate campus authority.
- Each campus is authorized to make reasonable adjustments in the number of units assigned to any of the five required distribution Areas (A through E). The total number of GE units required shall not be fewer or greater than 48 semester units or 72 quarter units. Except when 49 semester (74 quarter) units is allowed as described in Article 4, Area B.
126.96.36.199General Education, Major, and Other Requirements
Major courses and campus-wide required courses that are approved for GE credit shall also fulfill (double count for) the GE requirement.
188.8.131.52General Education and US History, Constitution, and American Ideals Statutory Requirement
CSU campuses may permit up to 6 semester units or 8 quarter units taken to meet the United States History, Constitution and American Ideals Requirement (Title 5, Section 40404) to satisfy GE requirements.
Article 3. Premises of CSU General Education Breadth
CSU GE requirements have been designed to complement the major program and electives completed by each baccalaureate candidate, to assure that graduates have made noteworthy progress toward becoming truly educated persons.
These requirements are designed to provide the knowledge, skills, experiences, and perspectives that will enable CSU students to expand their capacities to take part in a wide range of human interests and activities; to confront personal, cultural, moral, and social problems that are an inevitable part of human life; and to cultivate both the requisite skills and enthusiasm for lifelong learning. Faculty are encouraged to assist students in making connections among disciplines to achieve coherence in the undergraduate educational experience.
Courses approved for CSU GE should be responsive to the need for students to have developed knowledge of, or skills related to, quantitative reasoning, information literacy, intellectual inquiry, global awareness and understanding, human diversity, civic engagement, communication competence, ethical decision-making, environmental systems, technology, lifelong learning and self-development, and physical and emotional health throughout a lifetime.
GE requirements may be satisfied through courses taught in all modalities (e.g., face-to-face, hybrid, or completely online). Pursuant to California Education Code Section 66763, an online course shall be accepted for credit at the student's home campus on the same basis as it would be for a student matriculated at the host campus.
3.3CSU Student Learning Outcomes
Each CSU campus shall define GE student-learning outcomes within a programmatic structure. For example, GE student-learning outcomes may fit within the framework of the four "Essential Learning Outcomes" drawn from the Liberal Education and America's Promise (LEAP), an initiative of the Association of American Colleges and Universities.
LEAP Essential Learning Outcomes Framework
- Knowledge of Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World
- Intellectual and Practical Skills
- Personal and Social Responsibility
- Integrative Learning
Article 4. Subject Area Distribution
Instruction approved to fulfill the following subject-area distribution requirements should recognize the contributions to knowledge and civilization that have been made by members of diverse cultural and gender groups.
Area AEnglish Language Communication and Critical Thinking
9 semester units (12 quarter units)
One course in each Subarea
|A1||Oral Communication||(3 semester units or 4 quarter units)|
|A2||Written Communication||(3 semester units or 4 quarter units)|
|A3||Critical Thinking||(3 semester units or 4 quarter units)|
Area A requires 9 semester units or 12 quarter units in oral communication in the English language (A1), written communication in the English language (A2), and critical thinking (A3). Campuses shall not exceed these unit requirements.
Students taking courses in fulfillment of Subareas A1 and A2 will develop knowledge and understanding of the form, content, context and effectiveness of communication. Students will develop proficiency in oral and written communication in English, examining communication from the rhetorical perspective and practicing reasoning and advocacy, organization, and accuracy. Students will enhance their skills and abilities in the discovery, critical evaluation, and reporting of information, as well as reading, writing, and listening effectively. Coursework must include active participation and practice in both written communication and oral communication in English.
In critical thinking (Subarea A3) courses, students will understand logic and its relation to language; elementary inductive and deductive processes, including an understanding of the formal and informal fallacies of language and thought; and the ability to distinguish matters of fact from issues of judgment or opinion. In A3 courses, students will develop the abilities to analyze, criticize, and advocate ideas; to reason inductively and deductively; and to reach well-supported factual or judgmental conclusions.
Area BScientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning
12 semester units (18 quarter units), with 3 semester units (4 quarter units) taken at the upper-divisional level
One course each in Subareas B1, B2, and B4, plus laboratory activity (B3) related to one of the completed science courses, and 3 additional semester units (4 quarter units) at the upper-division in one of the following Subareas.
||(3 semester units or 4 quarter units)
||(3 semester units or 4 quarter units)
||A laboratory course of not more than 1 semester (2 quarter)
unit value, associated with B1 or B2, may be required.
||(3 semester units or 4 quarter units)
Area B requires 12 semester units or 18 quarter units to include inquiry into the physical universe and its life forms, with participation in a related laboratory activity that may be embedded in a lecture course or taught as a separate 1-credit course, and into mathematical concepts and quantitative reasoning and their applications. Campuses shall not exceed these unit requirements.
It is expected that campuses could offer the laboratory experience within:
- a 3 semester (4 quarter) unit lecture course;
- a lecture plus laboratory course of 4 semester (6 quarter) units; or
- a standalone laboratory course of 1 semester (2 quarter) units.
In the latter two cases, the total number of GE semester units shall not exceed 49 (74 quarter units).
In Subareas B1-B3, students develop knowledge of scientific theories, concepts, and data about both living and non-living systems. Students will achieve an understanding and appreciation of scientific principles and the scientific method, as well as the potential limits of scientific endeavors and the value systems and ethics associated with human inquiry. The nature and extent of laboratory experience is to be determined by each campus through its established curricular procedures.
Through courses in Subarea B4 students shall demonstrate the abilities to reason quantitatively, practice computational skills, and explain and apply mathematical or quantitative reasoning concepts to solve problems. Courses in this Subarea shall include a prerequisite reflective only of skills and knowledge required in the course. In addition to traditional mathematics, courses in Subarea B4 may include computer science, personal finance, statistics or discipline-based mathematics or quantitative reasoning courses, for example.
Satisfaction of CSU GE Area B4 Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning shall fulfill CSU graduation requirements for mathematics/quantitative reasoning, exclusive of mathematics/quantitative reasoning courses necessary for satisfaction of major requirements.
Area CArts and Humanities
12 semester units (18 quarter units), with 3 semester units (4 quarter units) taken at the upper-division level
At least one course completed in each of these 2 Subareas, and 3 additional semester units (4 quarter units) at the upper-division in one of the following Subareas.
|| Arts: Arts, Cinema, Dance, Music, Theater
||Humanities: Literature, Philosophy, Languages Other than English
Area C requires 12 semester units or 18 quarter units among the arts, literature, philosophy and foreign languages. Campuses shall not exceed these unit requirements.
Across the disciplines in Area C coursework, students will cultivate intellect, imagination, sensibility and sensitivity. Students will respond subjectively as well as objectively to aesthetic experiences and will develop an understanding of the integrity of both emotional and intellectual responses. Students will cultivate and refine their affective, cognitive, and physical faculties through studying works of the human imagination. Activities may include participation in individual aesthetic, creative experiences; however, Area C excludes courses that exclusively emphasize skills development.
In their intellectual and subjective considerations, students will develop a better understanding of the interrelationship between the self and the creative arts and of the humanities in a variety of cultures.
Students may take courses in languages other than English in partial fulfillment of this requirement if the courses do not focus solely on skills acquisition but also contain a substantial cultural component. This may include literature, among other content.
Area D Social Sciences
12 semester units (18 quarter units), with 3 semester units taken at the upper-division
At least two courses completed in 2 different disciplines, and 3 additional semester units (4 quarter units) at the upper-division.
Area D requires 12 semester units or 18 quarter units dealing with human social, political and economic institutions and behavior, and their historical background. Students shall complete courses from at least two different disciplines, and one upper-division Area D course is required. Campuses shall not exceed these unit requirements.
Students learn from courses in multiple Area D disciplines that human social, political and economic institutions and behavior are inextricably interwoven. Through fulfillment of the Area D requirement, students will develop an understanding of problems and issues from the respective disciplinary perspectives and will examine issues in their contemporary as well as historical settings and in a variety of cultural contexts. Students will explore the principles, methodologies, value systems and ethics employed in social scientific inquiry. Courses that emphasize skills development and professional preparation are excluded from Area D.
Area E Lifelong Learning and Self-Development
3 semester units (4 quarter units)
Area E requires 3 semester units (4 quarter units) of study, and campuses shall not exceed this unit requirement.
This requirement is designed to equip learners for lifelong understanding and development of themselves as integrated physiological, social, and psychological beings. Physical activity may be included, if it is an integral part of the study elements described herein.
Content may include topics such as student success strategies, human behavior, sexuality, nutrition, physical and mental health, stress management, information literacy, social relationships and relationships with the environment, as well as implications of death and dying or avenues for lifelong learning. Courses in this area shall focus on the development of skills, abilities and dispositions.
Article 5. Transfer and Articulation
This article pertains to regionally accredited CCC and non-CSU institutions that certify transfer students' fulfillment of CSU GE requirements.
5.1Premises of General Education Breadth Transfer and Certification
- It is the joint responsibility of the public segments of higher education to ensure that students are able to transfer without unreasonable loss of credit or time.
- The faculty of an institution granting the baccalaureate degree have primary responsibility for maintaining the integrity of the degree program and determining when requirements have been met.
- There shall ordinarily be a high degree of reciprocity among regionally accredited institutions unless there are specific indications that such reciprocity is not appropriate.
5.2Conditions for Participation in CSU General Education Breadth Certification
CSU campuses may continue to articulate courses that meet GE requirements from other regionally accredited institutions. However, only CCC may participate in the annual CSU GE certification process, subject to the following provisions:
The CSU Office of the Chancellor, Division of Academic and Student Affairs, shall maintain a list of courses and examinations that have been accepted for certification purposes by virtue of meeting requirements set forth in this policy for each GE Area.
- The community college shall designate a liaison representative who shall participate in various orientation activities and provide other institutional staff with pertinent information.
- The community college shall identify for certification purposes those courses or examinations that fulfill the objectives set forth in Article 3 of this executive order and any additional objectives implemented by the CSU Chancellor.
- The courses and examinations identified should be planned and organized to enable students to acquire abilities, knowledge, understanding, and appreciation as interrelated elements, not as isolated fragments.
- Interdisciplinary courses or integrated sets of courses that meet multiple CSU GE Breadth objectives may be used to satisfy CSU GE requirements.
- Units earned through an interdisciplinary course or integrated set of courses may be distributed among different GE Areas, as appropriate.
- Each entry in the list shall specify the area to which the course or examination relates and the number of units associated with each area.
- The list shall be updated annually. Each institution shall transmit annually to the CSU Office of the Chancellor, Division of Academic and Student Affairs, any proposed changes to its portion of the list. If a course is to be added or if the specification of areas and objectives for a course is to be modified, the participating institution shall include in its submission the approved course outline. If a course is part of an integrated set of courses, the submission shall identify the set and describe how the course complements the others in the set.
- A copy of the list shall be made available in electronic form to any CSU campus or institution. CCC are free to share with other institutions their course outlines and communications about those course outlines.
- The CCC shall be responsible for reviewing periodically its portion of the list to assure that entries continue to be appropriate and to reflect current knowledge in the field.
- The CCC shall report certification for individual students in a format to be specified.
GE certification indicates that a transfer student has met CSU lower-division GE requirements. CSU campuses shall accept participating institutions' full certification or subject-area certification, as defined below.
5.3.2 Full Certification
184.108.40.206Fulfillment of Lower-Division Requirements
Students admitted to a CSU campus with full certification shall not be held to any additional lower-division general education requirements.
220.127.116.11Additional Lower-Division Graduation Requirements
Full certification does not exempt students from unmet lower-division graduation requirements that may exist outside of the GE program of the campus awarding the degree.
18.104.22.168Qualification for Full Certification
To qualify for full certification, a student must satisfactorily complete 39 lower-division semester units, or the quarter unit equivalent, of instruction appropriate to meet the objectives of Articles 3 (Premises) and 4 (Subject-Area Distribution). If a student completes a laboratory experience with academic credit, as described in Subarea B3, the student may be certified for 40 semester units or the quarter equivalent. CCC GE certification does not guarantee that all CSU campus admission requirements have been met. Units must be distributed as follows below (except as specified in 5.3.5 below):
- In Area A, 9 semester units (or the quarter equivalent), including instruction in oral communication, written communication, and critical thinking.
- In Area B, 9 semester units (or the quarter equivalent), including instruction in physical science and life science, at least one part of which must include a laboratory component, and mathematics/quantitative reasoning. If a student completes a laboratory experience with academic credit, as described in Subarea B3, the student may be certified for 10 semester units (or the quarter equivalent).
- In Area C, 9 semester units (or the quarter equivalent), with at least one course in the arts and one in the humanities.
- In Area D, 9 semester units (or the quarter equivalent), with courses from at least two different disciplines.
- Area E, 3 semester units (or the quarter equivalent).
5.3.3Lower-Division Subject-Area (Partial) Certification
22.214.171.124Fulfillment of Lower-Division Requirements by Area
Students admitted to a CSU campus with subject-area certification may not be held to any additional lower-division GE coursework in the subject areas certified.
126.96.36.199Certification Limits on Credits that Exceed Minimum Subject-Area Requirements
For subject-area certification, CSU campuses are not required to certify credits that exceed the number of lower-division units required for the five Subject Areas—A through E.
188.8.131.52Additional Lower-Division Graduation Requirements
Subject-area certification does not exempt students from completing unmet lower-division graduation requirements that may exist outside of the GE requirements at the campus awarding the degree.
184.108.40.206Qualification for Subject-Area Certification
To qualify for subject-area certification, a student must satisfactorily complete instruction appropriate to meet the objectives of one or more subsections of Article 4 (Subject-Area Distribution). Except as specified in 5.3.5, the units shall be distributed as follows:
- For Area A, 9 semester units (or the quarter equivalent), including instruction in oral communication, written communication, and critical thinking. A single course may not be certified as meeting more than one Subarea within Area A for any given student.
- For Area B, 9 semester units (or the quarter equivalent), including instruction in mathematics/quantitative reasoning and physical science and life science, at least one part of which must include a laboratory component. A single course may not be certified as meeting more than one Subarea within Area B for any given student, except for laboratory components incorporated into a physical or life science course. If a student completes a laboratory experience with academic credit, as described in Subarea B3, the student may be certified for 10 semester (or the quarter equivalent) units.
- For Area C, 9 semester units (or the quarter equivalent), with at least one course in the arts and one in the humanities.
- For Area D, 9 semester units (or the quarter equivalent), with courses taken from at least two disciplines.
- For Area E, 3 semester units (or the quarter equivalent).
5.3.4 Approved Associate Degree for Transfer
Students are considered lower-division CSU GE certified if they successfully complete and are awarded a CCC Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) that includes the CSU lower-division GE requirements.
5.3.5 General Education Breadth for STEM Majors within ADTs
Students pursuing certain ADTs may be eligible to take 'GE Breadth for STEM," deferring one lower-division course in Subarea C and one lower-division course in Subarea D until after transfer. GE Breadth for STEM is applicable only to majors for which the Transfer Model Curriculum specifies GE Breadth for STEM.
CCC preparing a CSU GE Breadth for STEM certification as part of an ADT shall ensure that the student has completed:
- All courses in Areas A, B, and E of the traditional GE Breadth curriculum; and
- One course in Area C1 Arts and one course in Area C2 Humanities; and
- Two courses in Area D from two different disciplines.
Details of each Transfer Model Curriculum are maintained and published at www.c-id.net.
5.3.6 Exceptions to Certification Requirements
At the discretion of the CSU campus, exceptions to the requirements for full certification and subject-area certification (as specified above) may be made for programs in which instruction is integrated into a set of courses or into interdisciplinary courses designed to meet multiple objectives. Interdisciplinary courses in this case would be expected to be offered at an appropriately greater number of units.
5.4Certification of Courses and Examinations
5.4.1Qualification for Certification
A CCC may certify completion of courses or examinations taken at other eligible institutions, provided that all such courses and examinations would be identified for certification purposes by the institution offering them.
5.4.2If so identified, those courses and examinations shall contribute to qualification of a student for either full certification or subject-area certification, as appropriate.
5.4.3CCC may include upper-division courses taken at an eligible university in certification of lower-division CSU GE or IGETC.
5.5Limitations of Certification
5.5.1Restriction to General Education Requirements
Neither full certification nor subject-area certification exempts students from unmet lower-division graduation requirements that may exist outside of the GE program of the campus awarding the degree.
5.5.2Maximum Number of Credits Allowed
220.127.116.11Limit on Certification on Total General Education Units
A CCC shall not certify a student for more than 39 semester units or the quarter equivalent. If more than one CCC certifies a student, the CSU campus granting the degree is not required to accept certification for more than 39 semester units or the quarter equivalent. If a student completes a laboratory experience with academic credit, as described in Subarea B3, the student may be certified for 40 semester (or the quarter equivalent) units.
18.104.22.168Restrictions on Certifications of Upper-Division Courses
No upper-division credit may be allowed for courses taken in a community college (Title 5 Section 40409.)
5.6 General Education Reciprocity Among CSU Campuses
- Lower-division GE requirements satisfied through a course or an examination at one CSU campus shall be accepted as fulfilling the same requirements at the CSU campus granting the baccalaureate degree.
- For the purposes of this section, completion of lower-division GE requirements is equivalent to qualification for full certification, as defined in 5.3.2.
- Subject-area course certification accepted for CSU GE at one CSU campus shall be accepted at any CSU campus. The student may not be held to any additional lower-division GE coursework in the subject areas certified.
- Students seeking to transfer under the provisions of this section shall be responsible for requesting verification that lower-division GE program or subject-area requirements have been met. Upon the request of a currently or formerly enrolled student, the CSU campus from which the student seeks to transfer shall determine the extent to which that student has satisfactorily completed the lower-division GE requirements in each subject area, and shall provide official documentation of such completion.
- For the purposes of this section, completion of lower-division GE subject-area requirements is equivalent to qualification for subject-area certification, as defined in 5.3.3.
- Transfer students admitted with documentation of completion of one or more GE subject areas at another CSU campus may not be held to any additional lower-division GE requirements in that subject area by the campus awarding the degree.
Upper-division GE requirements satisfied at one CSU campus shall be accepted as fulfilling the same requirements at the CSU campus granting the baccalaureate degree.
5.6.4 Reciprocity Limitations
The provisions of Article 5.6 do not exempt students from unmet lower-division graduation requirements of the CSU campus awarding the degree or from lower-division courses required by individual baccalaureate majors at the CSU campus awarding the degree.
Article 6. Implementation and Governance
6.1General Education Advisory Committee
A systemwide Chancellor's General Education Advisory Committee (GEAC) is hereby established. While it is important that the membership of this committee be broadly based, it shall in largest part be drawn from the instructional faculty of the CSU. Each member of the committee shall have an equal vote. The membership shall include
- At minimum, six CSU faculty to be appointed by the Academic Senate, CSU. One shall serve as chair, and another as vice-chair.
- One CSU student to be appointed by the California State Student Association,
- One instructional faculty member from the CCC,
- One CSU campus academic affairs administrator,
- One CSU articulation officer,
- One CCC articulation officer,
- One Chancellor's Office administrator to staff the committee (ex-officio, non-voting)
- One CCC Chancellor's Office administrator (ex-officio, non-voting)
The chancellor or the executive vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs Division may from time to time request that the committee address and provide advice on issues related to the development and well-being of CSU GE policy and programs.
The responsibilities of this committee shall be as follows:
- Review and propose revisions to the objectives, requirements, and implementation of CSU GE policy to ensure high-quality general education.
- Study GE policies and practices inside and outside the system and, as appropriate, stimulate intersegmental discussion of GE policy and curricula.
- Review the implications of CSU GE policy for students transferring to the CSU and for the institutions from which they transfer, and propose any necessary adjustments to pertinent policies and practices so that students may be better served in their educational pursuits and achievement of the baccalaureate degree.
- Report as appropriate to the chancellor.
6.2.1Development and Revision of Campus Requirements
Campus faculty have primary responsibility for developing and revising the institution's particular GE program. Within the CSU GE distribution framework, each CSU campus is to exercise creativity in identifying courses, disciplines, and learning outcomes. In undertaking this task, careful attention should be given to the following:
General Education Course Delivery
- General Education Program Development
- Assure that GE requirements are planned and organized so that their objectives are perceived by students as interrelated elements, not as isolated fragments.
- Provide for reasonable ordering of requirements so that, for example, courses focusing on learning skills will be completed relatively early and those emphasizing integrative experiences will be completed relatively later.
- Develop programs that are responsive to educational goals and student needs, rather than programs based on traditional titles of academic disciplines and organizational units.
- General Education Course Development
- Consider the organization of approved courses so that students may choose from among a variety of "cores" or "themes," each with an underlying unifying rationale.
- Consider the possibility of incorporating integrative courses, especially at the upper-division level, that feature the interrelationships among disciplines and traditional GE categories.
- Consider possibilities for innovative teaching and learning, including activity as well as observation in all GE coursework.
- Provide sufficient numbers of Area A2 written communication and Area B4 mathematics/quantitative reasoning course sections to allow freshmen to complete these requirements in the first year of enrollment.
- Courses approved for GE that have not been offered within a five-year period shall have GE status removed.
6.2.2Campus General Education Committee
The effectiveness of a campus GE program is dependent upon the adequacy of curricular supervision, internal integrity and overall fiscal and academic support. Toward this end, each campus shall have a broadly representative GE committee, a majority of which shall be instructional faculty and shall also include student membership. The committee will provide oversight and make recommendations concerning the implementation, conduct and evaluation of requirements specified in this executive order. As a companion to the GE committee, a campus may choose to establish a GE program assessment committee to conduct the work described in 6.2.5 of this executive order.
6.2.3General Education Breadth Requirements and the Development of New Baccalaureate Degrees
The development of new baccalaureate programs shall include consideration of how the degree requirements will incorporate at least the minimum required GE credits, the major program requirements, and other graduation requirements. Justifications must be provided to the Office of the Chancellor for any program extending the baccalaureate credit requirement beyond 120 units (Title 5, Section 40508).
6.2.4General Education Academic Advising
Each campus shall provide for systematic, readily available academic advising specifically oriented to GE as one means of achieving greater cohesiveness in student choices of course offerings to fulfill these requirements.
- General Education Website
Each CSU campus shall provide a public website that describes the institution's GE program. This website should include at minimum: GE requirements, courses certified for GE, CSU system GE policy and campus GE policy, and campus GE program and GE Area student-learning outcomes.
- Each CSU campus shall clearly identify, in the catalog and/or course schedule, courses that are certified for each GE Subarea.
6.2.5General Education Review and Assessment
In accordance with WASC Senior College and University Commission accreditation requirements, campuses shall:
- develop an assessment plan that: (1) aligns the GE curriculum with campus GE outcomes; (2) specifies explicit criteria for assessing the stated outcomes; (3) identifies when and how each outcome shall be assessed; (4) organizes and analyzes the collection of evidence; (5) and uses the assessment results to make improvements to the GE program, courses and pedagogy.
- provide for regular periodic reviews of GE program policies and practices in a manner comparable to those of major programs, including evaluation by an external reviewer. The review should include a statement of the Meaning, Quality and Integrity of the campus GE program and the ongoing assessment of GE student learning outcomes.
Timothy P. White, Chancellor
Dated: August 23, 2017