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All Gen Ed curriculum changes were put on hold for the time being, as the college continued its review of the Gen Ed program. Various ad-hoc committees continued to meet regarding the three major issues identified the previous fall: the composition of the AGEC, the composition of the AAS General Education core, and the definition and criteria for the three AGEC special categories: IWR, ERG and GIH.

In February, the General Education committee approved a proposal to adapt the AAS General Education core to the changes being proposed in the AGEC categories. The committee recommended that the “Critical Thinking” category be replaced with an “Arts and Humanities” category, retaining the 19-credit general education requirement, while restoring the Arts and Humanities requirement that had been removed when the Critical Thinking requirement was instituted in 2007.

On February 16, during a college-wide meeting, the college’s AGEC-A and AGEC-B certificates were altered. After a spirited discussion, it was agreed to remove the two “core studies” areas: Historical Perspective and Critical Thinking. In response to the Pathways initiative, it was concluded that these two categories did not smoothly align with the general education requirements at the three state universities. To provide students with more flexibility in transfer, the following AGEC certificates were agreed upon and subsequently approved in the Curriculum Committee.

AGEC - A AGEC - B
First Year Composition – 6 credits
  • ENG 101/ENG 103
  • ENG 102/ENG 104
First Year Composition – 6 credits
  • ENG 101/ENG 103
  • ENG 102/ENG 104
Mathematics - 3 credits
  • MAT 142 or higher
Mathematics - 3 credits
  • MAT 142 or higher
Science – 8 credits
Select courses with a lab component on the Gen Ed science course list
Science – 8 credits
Select courses with a lab component on the Gen Ed science course list
Arts and Humanities – 6 to 9 credits
Select from at least two different prefixes on the Gen Ed arts and humanities course list
Arts and Humanities – 6 to 9 credits
Select from at least two different prefixes on the Gen Ed arts and humanities course list
Social and Behavioral Sciences - 6 to 9 credits
Select from at least two different prefixes on the Gen Ed social and behavioral sciences course list
Social and Behavioral Sciences - 6 to 9 credits
Select from at least two different prefixes on the Gen Ed social and behavioral sciences course list
Communications – 0 to 3 credits
Students who do not apply credit from a course on the Communications list to their AGEC-A will be required to take a communications course as a part of the Associates degree major and elective studies
Communications – 0 to 3 credits
Students who do not apply credit from a course on the Communications list to their AGEC-A will be required to take a communications course as a part of the Associates degree major and elective studies
Options – 0 to 6 credits Students may take any course from the above lists to fulfill this category Computer Systems and Operations – 3 credits
  • CSA 110
Options – 0-3 credits
Students may take any course from the above lists to fulfill this category

On March 23, a college-wide meeting was held at CTEC to further discuss the General Education core of for the AAS programs. There were discussions relating to the number of credits necessary for a thorough and broad general education, the role of general education in a college degree program, and the ideal composition of general education requirements. The meeting ended with a compromise proposal: to maintain the 19 credits of General Education in the AAS degrees, substituting “Arts and Humanities” for “Critical Thinking” to ensure breadth of experience and skills, with the acknowledgement that some AAS programs may already cover general education topics within their major classes. These programs would be provided with a way to opt out of 3-4 credits of the General Education requirements. This proposal was not finalized, pending discussions with other interested faculty.

The conversations regarding the three AGEC special categories was largely postponed in favor of the other two topics. They will be picked up again in the fall.

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