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WCSU Faculty Handbook : Curriculum and Academic Standards

General Education Designation Approval Process

In order for a course to be considered for a General Education designation, the submitting department must provide a copy of the Application for General Education Course Approval and they must make clear the components of the course that make it a general education course and not just a course from a given content area. In particular, proposals should specifically address the ways in which the course addresses the learning outcomes for the relevant competency (ies). All course outlines must include the learning outcomes of the general education competency designation sought. General Education competencies will be assessed on a rotating five-year schedule. Faculty should expect to submit samples of student work relevant to the competency during assessment years. Per our bylaws this would apply to all course proposals seeking a general education designation including Honors, FDS, SIS, and Guided Readings. Follow the routing instructions in the Curriculum Proposal Process (Sharepoint).

Definitions and Learning Outcomes have been developed for the following areas:

  • First Year Navigation (FY)
  • Creative Process (CP)
  • Critical Thinking (CT)
  • Health and Wellness (HW)
  • Information Literacy (IL)
  • Intercultural Competency (IC)
  • Oral Communication (OC)
  • Quantitative Reasoning (QR)
  • Scientific Inquiry (SI)
  • Writing Tier 1 (W1)
  • Writing Tier 2 (W2)
  • Writing Tier 3 (W3)
  • Culminating Gen-Ed Experience (CE)


Full definitions of the General Education Program can be found at http://libguides.wcsu.edu/gen_ed.

Application for General Education Course Approval is in the appendix of this handbook.


Senate Resolution R12-03-01 Rev. Senate Approval 10/16/2019
President’s Approval 3/21/12  Admin. Approval 10/16/2019