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CHANGES TO DE ANZA'S GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS


On April 25th, 2011, after years of enaged and thoughtful discussion by hundreds of faculty in many different venues and modes, the Executive Committee finally agreed to the following on the three proposals below:

Proposal 1:  Approved
Proposal 2:  Approved
Proposal 3:  Not-Approved

 


 

PROPOSED CHANGES TO GE REQUIREMENTS


 A Committee appointed by the Academic Senate Executive Committee (i.e., senators and officers) examined De Anza College’s GE pattern and its requirements with consideration given to the college’s newly approved Core Competencies.

 The committee reviewed the GE pattern focusing on issues such as alignment with Title 5 and CSU/IGETC requirements, Core Competencies and Mission; examination of graduation requirements vs. GE requirement; and appropriateness of unit values and inclusiveness of disciplines within the overall pattern.

The committees’ proposals were reviewed and modified by the Executive Committee in June 2009, leaving the following three proposals as the final recommendations for modification of De Anza’s GE pattern:

Recommendation I:   Clarify Area E with new name and clearer criteria   

Recommendation II:   Add new requirement for Information Literacy

Recommendation III:  Revise the GE Philosophy Statement

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Recommendation I: Clarify Area E with new name and clearer criteria    

a. Rename Area E from Physical Education, Development and Performance  to

         Physical/Mental Wellness and Personal Development

 b. Primary Definition of this area:  Courses in this area will promote in the student the skills and attitudes that will help him/her live a longer, healthier, and more productive life.  In these courses, students will develop skills, knowledge, and abilities that lead to, or are necessary for, physical, and/or mental well-being.

 c. Divide the area into two sub-areas, and define second sub-area with clear criteria:

1) Physical Education Activities (at least one unit must be completed from PE/DANC/PEA activities) and

2) Rename Non-PE Activity Courses Renamed as: Personal Development

 For courses to qualify in this sub-area, course outline content must show evidence that through the course, the student will learn knowledge, skills and abilities that enable him or her to:

  • Develop a personal plan with the objective (intent) to improve students’ own personal, physical, mental wellness or health.
  • Engage in self-evaluation to determine what improvements are needed related to their own personal, physical, mental wellness or health.
 

Recommendation II: Add new requirement for Information Literacy

a.  Add an additional requirement of “One course completed that meets the Information Literacy requirement”.

b.  Courses will be certified/qualified as meeting the information literacy requirement when the following outcomes are embedded within the various areas of the course outline.  Course outline content must show evidence that through the course, the student will:

  • Develop effective research strategies by selecting appropriate resources (e.g., library catalogs, databases, indexes, search engines, librarians) and using effective search techniques to obtain desired information.
  • Locate and retrieve information in a variety of formats, such as books, reference materials, periodicals, databases, and web sites.
  • Critically evaluate the quality and appropriateness of the information, using such factors as currency, reliability, accuracy, point of view/bias, credibility of author/sponsoring organization, and relevancy for the assignment.
  • Effectively communicate and document information by synthesizing information obtained, developing outlines and drafts in a format suitable for the audience and purpose of assignment, properly attributing the information used in an assignment, and documenting sources using a standard citation format.
  • Effectively use computers and other information technology tools to search and retrieve information.
  • Apply legal and ethical principles related to information and its use.

c.       Courses that certify/qualify as meeting the information literacy requirement include a research assignment with a library orientation.

 

Recommendation III: Revise the GE Philosophy Statement

  • Revise the General Education Philosophy Statement (see below).
  • Revise and remove redundancies in the General Education Criteria and Area Descriptions (see below).

 

General Education Statement of Philosophy

Approved by Faculty Referendum - June 9, 1999

In recognition of that which we value for ourselves, our students, our institution and the community we serve, the faculty of De Anza College affirms that the primary purpose of our General Education Program is to prepare students to live in and contribute to a complex, ever changing, diverse, and multicultural world. Toward that end we are committed to providing students learning experiences meant to develop such abilities as to think critically, to communicate clearly and effectively--both orally and in writing--to use mathematics and technology practically, and to acquire good physical health. In addition, we will guide them in understanding the modes of inquiry of the major disciplines, and lead them through learning activities in the experience and appreciation of the creative arts, in understanding multicultural and diverse perspectives, and in achieving insights gained through experiences involving ethical and social issues. Throughout these learning experiences, we will guide students in their development of self-understanding and in the process of becoming life-long learners.

The General Education Program reflects our conviction that students must have knowledge about certain basic principles, concepts, and methodologies both unique to and shared by the various disciplines. The faculty intend that the General Education Program will provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to evaluate and appreciate the physical environment, the contributions of both men and women, their culture and other cultures, the society in which they live, and will help them connect various fields of knowledge in order to become active, vibrant participants in a diverse and global society.

 

REVISED DRAFT (5/2010)

GENERAL EDUCATION STATEMENT OF PHILOSOPHY

 Note: The revision below combines the first two paragraphs of the previous philosophy statement with further edits made for clarity, conciseness, and reflection of the college’s institutional core competencies.

 The General Education Program reflects our conviction that students must have knowledge about certain basic principles, concepts, and methodologies both unique to and shared by the various disciplines.  We are committed to helping students to: think critically; communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing; apply mathematical and scientific concepts; use technology effectively; achieve physical and mental wellness; experience and appreciate the creative arts; develop information literacy; understand multicultural and diverse perspectives; and gain insight into ethical and social issues. Through all these learning experiences, we encourage students to develop self-understanding and pursue life-long learning.

 Criteria for All General Education Courses – Proposed Revisions (5/1/10)

(Note:  The revisions below reflect the Steering Committee’s intent to state the criteria in a manner that is simple, concise, easily understood by both faculty and students, reduces redundancies, and is in alignment with Institutional Core Competencies that were approved by our college last year.)

Ensuring that the spirit and intent of the Philosophy Statement is satisfied, every General Education course:

To qualify as a general education course, courses must satisfy the following general GE criteria, as well as demonstrating that they align with the expectations and outcomes as stated within each GE area:

    * Is designed to stimulate students to think critically

    * Presents core concepts that define the discipline systematically

    * Fosters the ability to think and to communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing.

    * Teaches students how to access information in the discipline.

    * Helps students achieve insights into ethical problems and develops the capacity for responsible decision making.

    * Includes diverse perspectives and contributions in the discipline and comparative treatments of issues related to gender, culture - both majority and minority - values, and societal perspectives.

    * Is placed within a global and historical context.

    * Includes the scope of the established body of knowledge and methods/approaches within the discipline as well as knowledge and methods/approaches shared between disciplines.

And, in developing courses, those who propose General Education curriculum address and may include:

    * The use of “real-world” or “hands-on” applications, studio practice, performance, or artistic form as long as the concepts and theories that make up the core of the discipline remain the main focus. Multiple approaches appropriate to different sensory learning styles.

    * Collaboration and teamwork within the culturally diverse context of the course


(Previous Version) - Area A

Area A - Language and Rationality: Includes courses in English composition (both expository and argumentative writing) and courses in communication and analytical thinking (mathematics, logic, statistics, computer languages and programming, and related disciplines).

Courses in the area of Language and Rationality develop in the student college level reading and writing skills, effective communication, and logical problem solving skills. A course in Language and Rationality (to the extent existing in the discipline):

    * Helps the student formulate and communicate ideas and analyze and solve problems in various symbol systems

    * Covers the principles and applications of language involving logical thought.

    * Helps the student to understand and use clear and precise expression or computation.

    * Develops the student’s ability to critically evaluate types of communication.

    * Teaches the student when to apply the appropriate technical, interpretive, or evaluative skills.

    * Fosters an appreciation and an understanding of the modes of inquiry used in Language and Rationality.

 

Revised Version - Area A

Area A - Communication, Expression, and Critical Thinking:   Includes introductory, broad-ranging courses that focus on communication, expression, critical thinking, and information literacy, with special attention to particular outcomes within those core competencies.

* Helps the student formulate and communicate ideas and analyze and solve problems in various symbol systems

    * Covers the principles and applications of language involving logical thought.

    * Helps the student to understand and use clear and precise expression or computation.

    * Develops the student’s ability to critically evaluate types of communication.

    * Teaches the student when to apply the appropriate technical, interpretive, or evaluative skills.

    * Fosters an appreciation and an understanding of the modes of inquiry used in Language and Rationality.

 

(Previous Version) - Area B

Area B - The Natural Sciences: Includes introductory or integrative courses in astronomy, biology, chemistry, general and physical science, geology, meteorology, oceanography, physical geography, physics, and other scientific disciplines

Courses in the natural sciences examine the physical universe, its life forms, and its natural phenomena. A course in the natural sciences (to the extent existing in the discipline):

    * Develops in the student an appreciation and understanding of the scientific method.

    * Encourages an understanding of the relationships between science and other human activities.

    * Develops the student’s capacity to understand his or her relationship to the physical universe, its life forms, and its natural phenomena.

    * Involves students actively in examining solutions to major problems and in projecting probable outcomes related to the natural sciences.

 

Revised Version - Area B

Area B - Natural Sciences

Includes introductory, broad-ranging courses that focus on the physical universe, its life forms and its natural phenomena with special attention to outcomes within the Critical Thinking and Global, Cultural, Social, and Environmental Awareness core competencies.

* Develops in the student an appreciation and understanding of the scientific method.

    * Encourages an understanding of the relationships between science and other human activities.

    * Develops the student’s capacity to understand his or her relationship to the physical universe, its life forms, and its natural phenomena.

    * Involves students actively in examining solutions to major problems and in projecting probable outcomes related to the natural sciences.

 

(Previous Version) - Area C

Area C - Arts and Humanities: Includes introductory or integrative courses in the arts, ethnic studies, foreign languages, literature, philosophy, religion, communication, and history.

Courses in the arts and humanities study the cultural and artistic expressions of human beings. A course in the arts and humanities (to the extent existing in the discipline):

    * Develops in the student an awareness of the ways in which people through the ages have responded to themselves and the world around them in artistic and cultural creation.

    * Helps the student develop aesthetic and cultural understanding, ethical values, and an ability to make value judgments.

    * Promotes an appreciation and an understanding of the modes of inquiry used in the Humanities.

    * Teaches students how to examine values and issues in the arts and humanities and to project probable outcomes to problems related to the discipline.

    * Teaches students through theory and practice to express themselves through artistic forms.

 

Revised Version - Area C

Area C - Arts and Humanities

Includes introductory, broad-ranging courses that focus on cultural and artistic expression and aesthetics, with special attention to particular outcomes within the Communication and Expression, Critical Thinking, and Global, Cultural, and Social and Environmental Awareness core competencies.

* Develops in the student an awareness of the ways in which people through the ages have responded to themselves and the world around them in artistic and cultural creation.

    * Helps the student develop aesthetic and cultural understanding, ethical values, and an ability to make value judgments.

    * Promotes an appreciation and an understanding of the modes of inquiry used in the Humanities.

    * Teaches students how to examine values and issues in the arts and humanities and to project probable outcomes to problems related to the discipline.

    * Teaches students through theory and practice to express themselves through artistic forms.

 

(Previous Version) - Area D

Area D - Social and Behavioral Sciences: Includes introductory or integrative survey courses in cultural anthropology, cultural geography, economics, business, history, political science, psychology, sociology, intercultural studies, child development, women’s studies, and related disciplines.

Courses in the social and behavioral sciences focus on people as members of society. A course in the social and behavioral sciences (to the extent existing in the discipline):

    * Encourages the student to study the methods of inquiry and the theories used by the social and behavioral sciences.

    * Helps the student to understand how diverse peoples interact in response to their histories, societies, and cultural traditions.

    * Promotes the understanding of human history, society, cultures, organizations, and various social groups.

    * Develops the student’s understanding of how she or he relates to historical processes, social structures, institutions, and cultural traditions.

    * Teaches the student to examine ideologies and practices from multiple perspectives.

 

Revised Version - Area D

Area D: Social and Behavioral Sciences

Includes introductory, broad-ranging courses that focus on people as members of society and their individual and social behavior with special attention to particular outcomes in the Critical Thinking and Global, Cultural, Social, and Environmental Awareness core competencies.

* Encourages the student to study the methods of inquiry and the theories used by the social and behavioral sciences.

    * Helps the student to understand how diverse peoples interact in response to their histories, societies, and cultural traditions.

    * Promotes the understanding of human history, society, cultures, organizations, and various social groups.

    * Develops the student’s understanding of how she or he relates to historical processes, social structures, institutions, and cultural traditions.

    * Teaches the student to examine ideologies and practices from multiple perspectives.

 

(Previous Version) - Area E

Area E – Physical Education, Development and Performance:  Includes courses in physical education and adaptive physical education and dance. Courses in Physical Education, Development, and Performance involve structured psychomotor activity. A course in Physical Education, Development, and Performance (to the extent existing in the discipline):

    * Teaches the student skills and attitudes that will help him or her live a longer, healthier, and more productive life. Helps the student to move more effectively and efficiently.

    * Fosters an awareness of the ways that people through the ages and in different cultures have developed exercise and movement experience.

 

 Revised Version - Area E

Area E - Physical/Mental Wellness and Personal Development

Includes introductory, broad-ranging courses that focus on personal well-being and development, with special attention to particular outcomes within the Physical/Mental Wellness and Personal Responsibility, the Critical Thinking, and the Global, Cultural, Social, and Environmental Awareness core competencies.

* Teaches the student skills and attitudes that will help him or her live a longer, healthier, and more productive life. Helps the student to move more effectively and efficiently.

    * Fosters an awareness of the ways that people through the ages and in different cultures have developed exercise and movement experience.

Includes introductory or integrative courses in astronomy, biology, chemistry, general and physical science, geology, meteorology, oceanography, physical geography, physics, and other scientific disciplines



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Last Updated: 5/12/11