Both Sides Now: Developing and Reviewing
CSU GE-Breadth Course Outlines
CIAC Conference April 26, 2007
Christine Hanson, CSU Chancellor’s Office [email protected]
Kathryn Barth, CSU Chico
Jane Leaphart, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
CSU GE-Breadth
(GE-B)
Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum
(IGETC)
Community College student options for
completing GE requirements
Complete local university
requirements
Honored at that campus only
Complete CSU GE-Breadth
certification requirements
Honored at any CSU campus
Complete IGETC
certification requirements
Honored at any CSU or UC*
campus
*accepted by most UC programs
Developing Outlines to Meet Review Criteria
Become familiar with the GE expectations (EO 595)
EO 595 decides GE-B review criteria
Share Area criteria with faculty
http://www.calstate.edu/app Click “General Education”
Think like a reviewer!
Assisting Faculty
Steve Pantell from Meritt College compares the
development of a course outline to constructing a
résumé.
The reader won’t infer what you don’t list. Be specific;
give examples.
Use key words that readers will be looking for.
Sell the course as you would sell yourself in a résumé.
Try to read the document for what might be
missing or unclear.
Corresponding GE-B and IGETC Areas
CSU
IGETC
A
Communication
B
Science & Quantitative
5, 2
C
Humanities, Lit, Art, Lang
3
D
History and Social Sciences
4
E
Lifelong Learning & Self Development
None
Foreign Language
1
None
6A
Area A 1
Oral Communication
1C
•Presentations live, in front of peers and instructor
•Live, not online or taped
•Must specify “methods of instruction”
•Hybrids okay—performance must be live in front of live
audience
Area A 2
Written Communication
1A
•Appropriate prerequisite: SAT scores, placement scores
•Instruction must be in English
•Need to identify the number of written words (final draft
only) that students need to produce in and out of class.
Area A 3
Critical Thinking
1B
•CSU does not require a stated prerequisite or instruction
in writing, but IGETC does.
•IGETC requires instruction in composition and critical
thinking (including at least 6,000 words, not including
revisions).
•Focus on inductive and deductive reasoning, identifying
formal and informal fallacies of language and thought.
•Students learn how to evaluate information for validity,
authenticity, and logical soundness.
•IGETC requires area 1A prerequisite to 1B courses
Area B 1
Physical Sciences
5A
•Science courses emphasize concepts, theories, methods of
science disciplines
•Students should learn how scientists do science
•Certification requires stand-alone labs to have a related
course as prerequisite or co-requisite.
•Stand-alone CSU labs are Area B3
•Physical science lecture + lab are B1 and B3
•Physical geography courses are usually Area B1
Area B 2
Biological Sciences
5B
•Science courses emphasize concepts, theories, methods of
science disciplines
•Students should learn how scientists do science
•Certification requires stand-alone labs to have a related
course as prerequisite or co-requisite.
•Laboratory manuals required
•Both lecture and laboratory topics/activities should be
delineated
•Biological science lecture + lab are B2 and B3
Area B 3
Science Labs
5A or 5B
•Science courses emphasize concepts, theories, methods of
science disciplines
•Students should learn how scientists do science
•Certification requires stand-alone labs to have a related
course as prerequisite or co-requisite.
•Laboratory manuals required
•Both laboratory topics/activities should be delineated
•Physical science lecture + lab are B1 and B3
Physical geography courses are usually Area B1
•Biological science lecture + lab are B2 and B3
Area B 4
Math/Quantitative Reasoning
2
•Math courses must take skills beyond intermediate algebra
•Math courses must have stated intermediate algebra
prerequisite
•IGETC does not accept trigonometry courses
Area C1
Arts
3A
•Art, dance, music, theater
•Students learn to appreciate, analyze “great works of the
human imagination”
•Must have significant, integrated cultural component
•Does not include “skills” or “professions” courses that do not
have a significant cultural component
Area C2
Humanities
3B
•Literature, philosophy, languages other than English
•Students learn to appreciate, analyze “great works of the
human imagination”
•Must have significant, integrated cultural component
•Does not include “skills” or “professions” courses that do not
have a significant cultural component
•IGETC includes history in the humanities when addressing
“great works” of cultures (as in Western Civilization courses)
•IGETC requires Foreign Language courses beyond proficiency
level
•Logic, mass media, mass communication, journalism courses
not accepted
Area D
History and Social Sciences
4
•Social and behavioral sciences, political institutions,
interdisciplinary social or behavioral science courses
•History primarily counted in Social Sciences for CSU and
IGETC (may also qualify for humanities)
•See guide for history special cases
•Integrated, identified disciplinary foundations (theories,
methods, perspectives)
•Textbooks should reflect disciplinary orientations and content
•Does not include courses building skills for professions
Area E Lifelong Understanding & Self-Development (no IGETC)
•Integrate physiological, psychological and sociological content
•Lifelong development, not college skills or survival courses
•PE courses: students have to move under supervision of
instructor or coach, who give feedback and evaluation of
performance
•Unit limitation on PE Activity courses
•For information on use of DD214 credit, contact
Dr. Jim Blackburn [email protected]
(no CSU equivalent) Languages Other than English IGETC 6A
o Proficiency equal to two years of high school study
o CSU or UC freshman LOTE entrance requirement fulfilled
this area
o May be satisfied by demonstration of equivalent proficiency
prior to transfer.
New proficiency exams!
Contact Sheila Lau at [email protected]
On the Web
http://www.calstate.edu/app/general_education.shtml
Tips
•Look at prerequisites for appropriate level, content
•Focus on description, content, and objectives (should match)
•Check textbooks for currency, relevancy (at least one
published within last 5 years)
•Must be baccalaureate level content, rigor, assignments, texts
•No “variable topics” courses accepted
•Online science labs – not likely to be approved; ask for help
•If it’s good for IGETC, it’s good for CSU GE-B
•When in doubt, ask
Contact CSU Academic Program Planning for issues related to
curriculum and curricular policy.
Christine Hanson [email protected] (562) 951-4672
On the Web: http://www.calstate.edu/app
http://www.calstate.edu/app/general_education.shtml
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