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Curriculum Action Notice


Academic Affairs Committee


November 11, 2001

This is a bulletin from the Academic Affairs Committee concerning proposed curriculum actions. Within the next 10 days, please forward any comments or concerns to the AAC Chair, Helen Biblehimer, Elliott Hall 203, x4521,

Action: Approval of Outcome Criteria for General Education Blocks


Nature of the Action: To present block outcome criteria to be used to as a factor when determining eligibility of a course for inclusion in General Education. In the IM 2000 model approved by President Halstead 12/13/01, the following statements address the issue of what criteria a course must possess in order to qualify as a General Education course:


2. "The GES must design an assessment process that assess the outcomes of the GE program. Since many of the outcomes as proposed are not measurable, the GES must develop measurable outcomes for the program and, if necessary, for each block (IM 2000, Implementation Issues, 12/13/00)."


3. "The following courses should be eligible for GE inclusion:

a. Meet the objectives of GE

b. Contribute to one or more of the listed outcomes in the area of inclusion

c. Have no more than one prerequisite

d. That prerequisite course is also a GE course (IM 2000, Implementation Issues, 12/13/00)."


In view of the above directives the GE subcommittee has drafted the following outcome criteria for your consideration.


General Education Outcomes Statements
General Education Subcommittee
Draft -- 4/16/01


Block 1. Humanities. Students completing courses in the Humanities acquire an understanding of key historical developments and philosophical traditions that influence the world.

Students will demonstrate competency in one or more of the following:

  • Critical thinking and writing in analyzing historical and philosophical issues.
  • Knowledge of Western and Non-Western histories and philosophies.
  • Understanding of how religious, intellectual, social, and philosophical movements have shaped the present world.
  • Understanding of the present as a continuum of the past.


Block 2. Languages and Literature. Students completing courses in Languages and Literature acquire an understanding of how language, and the literature produced by it, is integral to various aspects of our lives.

Students will demonstrate competency in one or more of the following:

  • Appropriate-level skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening in a natural language.
  • Knowledge of literary texts and the analytical tools needed to work with these texts.
  • Understanding of the historical development of language(s).
  • Understanding of the crucial role of language and literature in cultural and self-identity, and aspects of daily life.


Block 3. Mathematics. Students completing courses in Mathematics acquire knowledge about mathematical structures and skills in using these to manipulate symbolic, quantitative, and geometric information.

Students will demonstrate competency in one or more of the following:

  • Problem solving through the use of algorithms, manipulation of symbols, or the creation and interpretation of graphical and tabular information.
  • Communicating, using, interpreting, and critiquing quantitative evidence or mathematical logic.
  • Understanding of mathematical objects and the relationships between them.


Block 4. Natural Sciences. Students completing courses in the Natural Sciences acquire an understanding through laboratory exercises, the nature of scientific reasoning and discovery, and invention through the systematic exploration of basic concepts.

  • Students will demonstrate competency in one or more of the following:
  • Understanding of the scientific method and the natural sciences as experimental disciplines based on empirical evidence.
  • Understanding modern scientific theories.
  • Skills in communicating, investigating, and organizing scientific concepts through experimentation, observation, and computation.


Block 5. Social Sciences. Students completing courses in the Social Sciences acquire an understanding of the structure and organizing principles of human societies, including their psychological and cultural dimensions, as well as their economic, social and political foundations.

Students will demonstrate competency in one or more of the following:

  • Understanding of differences in customs, practices, and values among various cultural groups.
  • Knowledge of differing social, economic, and political systems.
  • Understanding of individual and social behavior.
  • Understanding of social science theories and research methods.











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