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General Education Advisory Committee (GEAC)

Bill Eadie (San Diego), Chair of GEAC
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The Chancellor’s General Education Advisory Committee consists of CSU and California Community College (CCC) faculty and administration. Its purpose is to recommend policies to the CSU Chancellor that will help to smooth transfer from CCC to CSU.

The committee sometimes establishes pilot programs to explore how changes in policy might work if implemented broadly. One of the pilot programs currently in progress is experimenting with a fully online version of Community College courses that transfer as fulfilling CSU’s oral communication requirement. There has long been a policy in place that does not allow a fully online oral communication course to transfer to the CSU, but development of online instruction, as well as the availability of more sophisticated technologies, helped the GEAC committee to authorize this pilot program two years ago.

Each year, instructors in the pilot program, as well as the supervising committee and articulation officers, gather in an online meeting to discuss the progress of the pilot and to plan next steps. At this year’s gathering, participants reported that their courses had moved past the experimental stage and had settled upon assignments and instructional techniques they felt were effective.

Participants in the meeting reported to the GEAC committee at its March 2nd meeting
in Long Beach. Committee comment on the report focused on how the issue of “audience” was handled in the online environment. While the committee does not dictate how a course must be taught in order to be approved for transfer, clearly the fully online courses proposed will have to specify how they plan to provide for audiences for student presentations.

Oral communication is currently being offered in a fully online modality within the CSU. It may well be time for similar Community College courses to be authorized for transfer. The criteria for allowing such transfer will be on GEAC’s agenda for its May 2016 meeting.