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General Education Information for Faculty and Advisors

Criteria and Guidelines for General Education Courses (effective Spring 2014)

  • Every GER syllabi must (1) identify the course as a GER course; (2) identify the general education goals and objectives met by the course; (3) demonstrate how those goals and objectives will be met through clear alignment with the course student learning outcomes; (4) demonstrate how the GER student learning outcomes will be assessed.
  • Faculty teaching GER courses should integrate as many of the core proficiency skills within the course as applicable and possible. The goals and most of the objectives of Effective Communication, Quantitative Reasoning, and Computer Literacy.
  • Criteria for all General Education courses at Nicholls are:
    1. If prerequisite courses are required, they should be another General Education course.
    2. The courses do not narrowly focus on those skills, techniques, and procedures
    specific to a particular occupation or profession.
    3. Courses must cover General Learning objectives for the relevant General Education area.
    4. General education courses should provide an introduction to a discipline, as in a survey course that covers a wide range of material within a specific discipline or area of inquiry and acquaints students with a broad section of the information or skills available in that area, or an appreciation course that introduces students to a creative field and leads to a general understanding and appreciation of work by others.
    5. Courses that are “repeatable for credit” will not be accepted in the General Education Core Curriculum unless approved through GEAC.
  • Where a menu of choices exists within the core curriculum, departments and programs will decide which of the GER courses in each area will be required of its majors.

Faculty Responsibilities and General Education

Nicholls faculty supports the General Education Program by providing quality instruction and by the following activities essential to a dynamic assessment program:

  1. Identifying the general education goals and objectives promoted by the general education courses that they teach on their syllabi;
  2. Explaining the role and the value of general education and how the courses general education goals relate to their students’ academic majors and to their lives after graduation;
  3. Informing students about the assessment methods utilized in their courses;
  4. Working to include activities or experiences that promote the general education core dispositions of personal values, ethics, social responsibility, and international and diversity understanding;
  5. Collaborating with other general education faculty and with the General Education Assessment Committee in identifying and applying effective methods of assessment;
  6. Reporting assessment results and sharing use of results with general education faculty in their discipline, department heads, and assessment coordinators, and with the General Education Assessment Committee;
  7. Supporting the recognition of exemplary general education faculty by the University.
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