General Education Framework

GEAC membership

General Education Assessment and Curriculum Design (GEAC)

The General Education Assessment and Curriculum design Committee ensures that our graduates achieve the skills and values critical for academic and professional success.


Philosophy and Requirements

Naugatuck Valley Community College considers general education an important component of its degree programs. While an appropriate level of mastery in occupations and technologies is clearly essential, students are better prepared to live in the world and use this mastery only if they are also capable of understanding fundamental theory, weighing values, and forming independent judgments.

The College defines general education in terms of the following competencies:

  • Appreciation of the Aesthetic Dimensions of Humankind
  • Appreciation of the Ethical Dimensions of Humankind
  • Continuing Learning and Information Literacy
  • Critical Analysis and Logical Thinking
  • Historical Knowledge and Understanding
  • Knowledge and Understanding of Social Phenomena
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Scientific Knowledge and Understanding
  • Scientific Reasoning
  • Written Communication

Focusing on these categories, the General Education program ensures that NVCC students gain the fundamental skills, knowledge and values needed for success in their academic, professional and personal lives.

Program Oversight and Assessment

The General Education program is reviewed and assessed by the General Education Assessment and Curriculum design Committee (GEACC). The duties of the committee include identifying and approving college courses used to fulfill competency requirements. The committee is also responsible for researching, designing, scheduling and assisting in the implementation of assessment methods to determine if students are achieving competency outcomes.

For ConnSCU Transfer Students

In order to ease transfer between state colleges and universities within the ConnSCU system, NVCC’s General Education program reflects the system’s General Education Framework. Based on this Framework, students who complete NVCC’s General Education program will be granted General Education credit upon transfer to any Connecticut state university or community college.

Framework

General Education Framework

NVCC is currently transitioning to competency-based General Education requirements. New students beginning an associate degree programming fall 2015 or any subsequent semester will complete general education coursework and demonstrate learning in the following areas:


Appreciation of the Aesthetic Dimensions of Humankind

(3 credits)

Students will understand the diverse nature, meanings and functions of creative endeavors through the study and practice of literature, music, the theatrical and visual arts and related forms of expression.
Appreciation of the Ethical Dimensions of Humankind

(learning achieved "across the curriculum")

Students will identify ethical principles that guide individual and collective actions and apply those principles to the analysis of contemporary social and political problems.
Continuing Learning and Information Literacy

(3 credits)

Students will be able to use traditional and digital technology to access, evaluate and apply information to the needs or questions confronting them throughout their academic, professional and personal lives.
Critical Analysis and Logical Thinking

(learning achieved "across the curriculum")

Students will be able to organize, interpret and evaluate evidence and ideas within and across disciplines; draw reasoned inferences and defensible conclusions; and solve problems and make decisions based on analytical processes.
Historical Knowledge and Understanding

(3 credits)

Students will study the interrelatedness of various realms of human experience from multiple historical perspectives.
Oral Communication

(3 credits)

Students will be prepared to develop oral messages of varying lengths and styles that communicate effectively and appropriately across a variety of settings.
Quantitative Reasoning

(3 credits)

Students will learn to recognize, understand and use the quantitative elements they encounter in various aspects of their lives. Students will develop a habit of mind that uses quantitative skills to solve problems and make informed decisions.
Scientific Knowledge and Understanding

(3-4 credits)

Students will gain a broad base of scientific knowledge and methodologies in the natural sciences. This will enable them to develop scientific literacy, the knowledge and understanding of scientific concepts and processes essential for personal decision making and understanding scientific issues.
Scientific Reasoning

(3-4 credits)

Students will become familiar with science as a method of inquiry. Students will develop a habit of mind that uses quantitative skills to solve problems and make informed decisions.
Knowledge and Understanding of Social Phenomena

(3 credits)

Students will develop an increased understanding of the influences that shape a person’s, or group’s attitudes, beliefs, emotions, symbols and actions and how these systems of influence are created, maintained and altered by individual, familial, group, situational or cultural means.
Written Communication

(Students must complete 6 credits and continue "across the curriculum")

Students will be prepared to develop written texts of varying lengths and styles that communicate effectively and appropriately across a variety of settings.


Common Core Course Requirements
Focusing on the above competencies, course work in the common core ensures that NVCC students gain the fundamental skills, knowledge and values needed for success in their academic, professional and personal lives. A list of courses that fulfill each competency may be found Approved Courses. Students will fulfill general education requirements by completing the requisite number of credits in courses associated with each competency. For competencies identified as “across the curriculum,” students should adhere to program requirements in order to fulfill these areas.


Scientific Knowledge or Reasoning Requirement
Students must successfully complete at least one Scientific Reasoning or Scientific Knowledge course that contains a lab component.

Approved Courses

NVCC’s General Education Common Core Courses

This area provides a list of courses approved by the General Education Assessment and Curriculum design Committee for each competency area. Students completing any course listed under a competency will earn General Education credit for that competency. However, students need to check with their academic advisors to identify specific program requirements that may limit course choices under each competency area!

A printer-friendly version of this list is provided here:  Printable PDF

Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communications

Complete one of the following courses for 3 credits.

ART 101, ART 102, COM 157, DAN 101, ENG 102, ENG 211, ENG 214, ENG 215, ENG 221, ENG 222, ENG 231, ENG 232, ENG 241, ENG 242, ENG 251, ENG 269, ENG 274, ENG 277, ENG 278, LAS 201, MUS 101, THR 101, THR 110

ECE 103 fulfills Aesthetic Dimensions for students in the Early Childhood Education program.

HRT 202 fulfills Aesthetic Dimensions for students in the Horticulture program.

Continuing Learning and Information Literacy

Complete one of the following courses for 3 credits.

CSA 105, CSC 101, DAT 101, ECN 101, ECN 102, TCN 101

EET 104 & EET 294, taken sequentially, fulfill Continuing Learning and Information Literacy for students in the Electronic Engineering Program.

ECE 109 fulfills Continuing Learning and Information Literacy for students in the Early Childhood Education Program.

PTA 125 fulfills Continuing Learning and Information Literacy for students in the Physical Therapy Assistant Program.

RSP 281 & RSP 282, taken sequentially, fulfill Continuing Learning and Information Literacy for students in the Respiratory Therapy Program. 

Critical Analysis and Logical Thinking

See specific program requirements on how to fulfill this competency.

COM 100, COM 157, CSC 101, ENG 101, ENG 102, ENG 200, ENG 202, ENG 211, ENG 214, ENG 215, ENG 221, ENG 222, ENG 231, ENG 232, ENG 241, ENG 242, ENG 251, ENG 269, ENG 274, ENG 277, ENG 278, HRT 222, HRT 224, PHL 101, PHL 111, PHL 112,   PSY 201, PSY 245, SOC 201

Ethical Dimensions

See specific program requirements on how to fulfill this competency.

CSA 105, CSC 101, DAT 101, ECN 101, ECN 102, TCN 101

EET 110 fulfills Ethical Dimensions for students in the Electronic Engineering Technology Program.

PTA 120 fulfills Ethical Dimensions for students in the Physical Therapy Assistant Program.

RSP 141 fulfills Ethical Dimensions for students in the Respiratory Therapy Program.

Historical Knowledge and Understanding

Complete one of the following courses for 3 credits.

BBG 231, HIS 101, HIS 102, HIS 201, HIS 202, LAS 201, POL 103, POL 111

Oral Communication

Complete one of the following courses for 3 credits.

COM 100, COM 173, and ESL 157

Quantitative Reasoning

Complete one of the following courses for 3 credits.

MAT 121*, MAT 122*, MAT 135*, MAT 143, MAT 144, MAT 146, MAT 167, MAT 172, MAT 185, MAT 232, MAT 254, MAT 256, MAT 268, MAT 285

*indicates course is not accepted for transfer as part of the CSCU TAP Pathways agreement 

Scientific Knowledge and Understanding

Complete one of the following courses for 3-4 credits.

AST 101, AST 111, BIO 105, BIO 110, BIO 111, BIO 115, BIO 121, BIO 122, BIO 126, BIO 155, BIO 171, BIO 180, BIO 181, BIO 211, BIO 235, CHE 111, CHE 121, CHE 122, GLG 121, HRT 102, PHY 110, PHY 122, PHY 221, PHY 222 

Scientific Reasoning

Complete one of the following courses for 3-4 credits.

BIO 105, BIO 115, BIO 121, BIO 122, BIO 155, BIO 181, BIO 212, BIO 235, CHE 111, CHE 121, CHE 122, CSC 250, CSC 252, DAN 175, DAR 158, GLG 121, HRT 222, HRT 224, PHY 110, PHY 121, PHY 122, PHY 221, PHY 222, PSY 258 

Social Phenomena

Complete one of the following courses for 3 credits.

ANT 101, ANT 121, ANT 205, COM 101, COM 202, COM 172, ECN 101, ECN 102, GEO 102, GEO 111, LAS 201, PSY 111, PSY 201, PSY 245, PSY 260, SOC 101

Written Communication

Complete two of the following courses for 6 credits.

ENG 101, ENG 102, ENG 200, ENG 202, ENG 211, ENG 214, ENG 215, ENG 221, ENG 222, ENG 231, ENG 232, ENG 241, ENG 242, ENG 251, ENG 269, ENG 274, ENG 277, ENG 278, ESL 162, ESL 169

LAST REVISED 5/16/16

Course Approval Process

Course Approval Process

Faculty seeking approval for a new General Education course must follow this process:

Approval Process for New General Education Courses

  1. New courses must first apply to GEACC in order to be assigned to a comptency area.  You will need to download and complete application(s) for the competency/ies designated for your course.
  2. If you are applying for approval under designated competencies, ensure that your course has learning outcomes that match all outcomes listed for each competency.  Please note that all courses approved for Aesthetic Dimensions must also be approved for at least one Written Communication outcome.  Likewise, all courses approved for Continuing Learning/Information Literacy must also be approved for all Ethical Dimensions outcomes.
  3. Submit completed applications to Jason Seabury, GEACC chair.
  4. Once assigned to a competency or competencies, most new courses must seek approval from the Curriculum and Educational Affairs Committee (CEAC).* Note that clicking on this link will require you to log in with your Net ID and Password. 
  5. The CEAC chair will convey the names and numbers of all new Gen Ed courses that are approved.
  6. GEACC will add the new course to the list of on the GEACC website and in the college catalog.

Please note: Student performance on Competency Outcomes will be periodically assessed within all courses approved for General Education.

Form and Documents

Forms and Documents

Faculty members seeking General Education approval for any new or existing courses must complete one or more of the following applications.  

Please note: courses may be admitted into General Education requirements under more than one competency, but faculty must complete a separate application for each of the competencies sought for the course. Completed applications should be submitted to the General Education Assessment and Curriculum design Committee Chair or the Committee representative(s) with oversight over the appropriate competency area(s).


Course Applications for the Common Core


Student performance on competency learning outcomes will be assessed on a five year rotating schedule.  Department Chairs, Program Coordinators, and/or Faculty teaching courses in competency areas scheduled for assessment must complete and submit the following Assessment Planning form to the General Education Assessment and Curriculum design Committee by October 1 of the semester preceding assessment.

Assessment Plan Form

General Education Common Core Course Assessment Plan

 

Approved General Education Course Applications with Course Outcomes

Aesthetic Dimensions

Continuing Learning and Information Literacy

Critical Analysis and Logical Thinking

Ethical Dimensions

Historical Knowledge

Oral Communication

Quantitative Reasoning

Scientific Knowledge and Understanding

Scientific Reasoning

Assessment

Assessment

Library Resources on Assessment

Learn more about how assessment focuses pedagogy and enhances learning:

Library Guide to Assessment


Forms and Rubrics

Assessment Planning Form

Student performance on competency learning outcomes will be assessed on a five year rotating schedule. Department Chairs, Program Coordinators, and/or Faculty teaching courses in competency areas scheduled for assessment must complete and submit the following Assessment Planning form to the General Education Assessment and Curriculum design Committee by October 1 of the semester preceding assessment.

General Education Common Core Course Assessment Plan.docx

General Education Assessment Report Template


Assessment Rubrics for Competencies

The following rubrics may be used by faculty assessment teams to measure student learning on General Education Competency Outcomes.  If your course is participating in assessment this year, you may want to check them out.

Aesthetic Dimensions

Continuing Learning and Information Literacy

Critical Analysis and Logical Thinking

Historical Knowledge

Oral Communication

Quantitative Reasoning  

Scientific Knowledge

Scientific Reasoning

SocialPhenomena

Written Communications

Assessment Reports

Academic Year 2015-2016: Historical Knowledge and Scientific Knowledge

Historical Knowledge: History Courses

Historical Knowledge: Business Law Courses

Scientific Knowledge


Academic Year 2014-2015:  Oral Communication and Quantitative Reasoning

Communication

ESL

Math


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