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Policy on General Education Course Characteristics Division of Academic Affairs Policy Number: SP 16-11 Approved By: Academic Senate Effective Date: Fall 2019 May 9, 2017 Page 1 of 11 PURPOSE: The purpose of this policy is to revise the General Education Program’s structure; to better embed the mission pillars into general education; and to align with CSU GE Area definitions. This policy supersedes SP 01-45 and SP 02-03. Enforcement of the provisions of this policy will begin AY 19-20, leaving two years for programs to perform curricular review and modifications. BACKGROUND: In 2009 the Academic Senate passed SR 09-03 New University Studies Program which laid out a broad vision for General Education at CI that was built around the General Education Learning Outcomes in SP 07-00. Since then, the GE committee has worked to ensure that those learning outcomes exist as course learning outcomes in GE courses and that there are faculty-developed assessment tools for these learning outcomes. In AY 15-16 the GE program performed a self-study identifying serious structural and support deficiencies for General Education at CI. These deficiencies were affirmed by the External Review that took place in AY 16-17 and the administrative feedback for the self-study and external review. This policy is designed to resolve the structural deficiencies of General Education. In particular, GE subareas C-2, B-3, B-4, and E have been updated to align subarea definitions with CSU policy laid out in Executive Order- 1100. In addition, this policy better integrates and balances Channel Islands Mission Pillars into General Education. Previously, only two mission pillars were explicitly included in GE, with the interdisciplinary pillar featured prominently. The mission areas are a campus level choice drawing language from existing policy and CSU reports as detailed below. Much of the language of this policy is drawn from CSU Executive Order 1100, SP 02-03 and other Senate policies and resolutions. The Mission Category Community Engagement description is drawn from Senate Policy SP 03-16-B. The quantitative literacy area description is drawn from the CSU Quantitative Reasoning Task Force report. The Mission Category Multicultural Perspectives (MP) description draws from the CSU Ethnic Studies Task Force report. TEMPLATE REV 9/5/14
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Policy on General Education Course Characteristics Division of Academic Affairs Policy Number: SP 16-11 Approved By: Academic Senate Effective Date: Fall 2019 May 9, 2017 Page 2 of 11 Language and multicultural Graduation Requirements may count within GE parameters. These requirements are outlined in separate Senate polices which may require minor wording changes. For example, we would need to update the wording in SP 01-46 to state that the Multicultural graduation requirement would be satisfied by completion of an MP GE course. The American Ideals Statutory requirement may count within GE parameters. The Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) is described in SP 11-07 and external reviews strongly suggest revising this policy. Opening up Upper
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