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.
General Education Assessment and Curriculum design Committee (GEACC)
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.
NVCC's General Education requirements are reviewed and assessed by the General Education Assessment and Curriculum design Committee (GEACC). This committee is composed of one library representative, one student representative, and 10 faculty as well as non-voting members from the Registrar, the Office of Institutional Research, and the Dean of Academic Affairs. The committee must have at least one member with expertise in each competency area, and each academic division must have at least one, and no more than 3, members. In order to ensure representation across the college community and to provide continuity for assessment, Committee members are elected by each academic division and serve a minimum 2-year term.
The duties of the committee include identifying and approving college courses used to fulfill competency requirements. The committee is also responsible for researching, scheduling and assisting in the implementation of assessment methods to determine if students are achieving competency outcomes.
Committee members for the 2016-2017 academic year are listed below alongside the competency areas they oversee:
||Professor of English
|Appreciation of the Aesthetic Dimensions of Humankind
||Instructor of Music
Professor of Communications
|Appreciation of the Ethical Dimensions of Humankind
|Lisa M. Anderson
||Assistant Professor of Nursing
|Continuing Learning and Information Literacy
|Director of Library Services
|Critical Analysis and Logical Thinking
|Associate Professor of CIS
|Historical Knowledge and Understanding
||Associate Professor of History/Geography
|Chair of GEACC; Associate Professor
|Scientific Knowledge and Understanding
||Vice Chair of GEACC; Associate Professor of
|Associate Professor of Physics
|Social Phenomena Knowledge and Understanding
||Professor of Psychology
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.