(Amended & Approved,
(Amended & Approved, 2/12/2007)
(Amended & Approved, 4/16/2007)
Educational Policy Committee
General Education at IPFW: Update of Campus General Education Program Definition and Course Criteria (Supersedes SD 93-14 The Principles of General Education for Baccalaureate Programs and SD 94-4 General Education Core Course Proposals [Criteria]" (SD 99-25)
To the Presiding Officer for implementation, beginning with the 2001-2002 academic year.
Whereas, the General Education Subcommittee has reviewed various evaluations from those individuals taking and teaching general education courses over the years; and
Whereas, the General Education Subcommittee was charged in April of 1999 to consider the Haw Proposal for general education and to report to the Senate during the 1999-2000 academic year; and
Whereas, the General Education Subcommittee considered and studied the Haw Proposal along with the four other proposals for a general education curriculum; and
Whereas, the General Education Subcommittee has considered numerous suggestions for the revisions and improvement of the campus general education program; and
Whereas, the General Education Subcommittee has redefined each of the six areas of general education, outlined suggested methodology for each area, and determined criteria for each; and
Whereas, the General Education Subcommittee has examined the need for exceptions in specific degree programs where accreditation bodies dictate specific curriculum content, courses or curriculum; and
Whereas, the General Education Subcommittee has responded to faculty, student, and advisor concerns and questions by providing guidelines for exceptions, exemptions, and double counting;
Resolved, that the Senate approve the attached document (General Education at IPFW) as a replacement for SD 94-4 and SD 93-14.
(Amended & Approved, 4/24/2000)
& Approved, 2/12/2007)
SD 93-14 (Baccalaureate General Education at IPFW)
and SD 94-4 (General Education Core Course Proposals)
General Education at IPFW
The Principles of General Education
General Education ensures that, upon graduation, students will be familiar with the important modes of human thought that are the foundations of science, philosophy, art and social behavior. General Education expects students to understand the traditions that have informed one’s own and other cultures of the world.
In order to do so, General Education at IPFW defines an integrated pedagogical framework for courses taken outside the student’s major discipline. Furthermore, General Education requires that students consider the nature and diversity of individuals, cultures and societies around the world.
General Education courses should offer both substantive knowledge and an appreciation of multiple methods of inquiry and learning. While specific General Education approved courses may be foundational or advanced, the overall goals of the General Education requirements are achieved through cumulative course work.
Therefore, students who have completed the General Education requirements at IPFW are expected:
To be familiar with the important modes of human thought that are the foundations of science, philosophy, art and social behavior.
To possess effective foundation skills:
Read, write, and speak with comprehension, clarity, and precision.
Identify substantive knowledge and disciplinary methods.
Develop information literacy skills.
Reason quantitatively (as means of gaining and creating knowledge and drawing reliable conclusions)
To demonstrate the ability to think critically and to solve problems using the foundation skills:
Evaluate their ideas and the ideas of others based upon disciplined reasoning.
Understand the traditions that have formed one’s own and other cultures.
Be able to articulate their ideas in appropriate media.
To complete a research/creative project outside the student’s major discipline that requires synthesizing knowledge and applying skills gained.
The General Education requirement for bachelor degree programs shall consist of 33 credits, as defined below, with specific exemptions as noted. One approved general education course in the major discipline may be counted toward fulfillment of Areas II-V. All students completing a bachelor degree program at IPFW must complete the AREA VI General Education Course at IPFW.
I. Foundation Skills Core (9 cr. --one approved course in each skill area and completion of a computer literacy requirement as defined by the degree-granting unit and approved by the General Education Subcommittee)
II. Physical and Natural Sciences (6 cr. in approved courses)
III. The Individual, Culture, and Society (6 cr. in approved courses)
IV. Humanistic Thought (6 cr. in approved courses)
V. Creative and Artistic Expression (3 cr. in an approved course)
VI. Inquiry and Analysis (one 3-credit approved course outside the major discipline)
The General Education requirement for associate degree programs shall consist of 12 credits: Area I (9 cr.) plus one approved course outside the major discipline from Areas II-V.
a) Students who place out of a general-education course in Area I are neither required to take that course nor to replace it with another in that area. They will be exempt from taking such courses.
b) Departments/programs may replace up to six (6) credits of the required 21 credits in approved general-education courses in Areas II-V by more advanced courses when the following criteria are met: (1) the replacement courses are specifically required by the major, (2) they are outside the major discipline, and (3) they meet the area definition, but are more advanced and/or more specifically focused on professional goals than courses approved for general education. Substitutions of this nature are subject to the approval of the General Education Subcommittee. Programs wishing to exercise this option should provide the General Education Subcommittee with a list of the proposed replacement courses for the specified area(s) and a brief statement of the rationale.
General Education Course Definitions and Criteria
The statements below establish criteria for determining whether a specific course qualifies as a general-education offering. The first set of criteria applies to all general-education courses; those that follow define the specific content areas.
Criteria for Evaluating Courses Proposed for Inclusion in
Any General-Education Area
Area I: Linguistic and Numerical Foundations
Linguistic and numerical foundations are requisite to thinking and communicating critically and creatively. Courses in this area teach students (1) to speak and write precisely, clearly, and persuasively; (2) to read and listen actively and with comprehension; and (3) to reason quantitatively as means of gaining and creating knowledge and drawing reliable conclusions. Every student's curriculum should be arranged so as to provide skills in each of these 3 areas, as well as skills in the area of computer literacy. Because of its fundamental nature, this requirement should be completed within each student's first 30 credits of enrollment.
The Area I requirement is fulfilled by completion of one approved course in each of three areas:
Reading and Writing; Listening and Speaking; Quantitative Reasoning, and evidence that computer literacy has been demonstrated through completion of a course approved by the General Education Subcommittee or acquisition of comparable skills in other courses required as a part of the degree program.
Area II: Natural and Physical Sciences
Understanding of the physical and natural world requires comprehension of the role of human intelligence and imagination in formulating concepts; the role of observation and inference in investigations; how theories are formed, tested, and validated; the limitations inherent to scientific inquiry; and the impact of science and mathematics upon intellectual history. Such learning fosters scientific thinking; knowledge of the physical and natural world; and understanding of the human, social, and political implications of theories and research.
Area III: Individual, Culture, and Society
Students must understand the nature and diversity of individuals, cultures and societies around the world. An exploration of behavioral, societal and cultural processes forms the basis for that understanding. This understanding of diverse systems assists the student in overcoming provincialism; in developing the willingness, confidence, and sense of responsibility for making informed decisions; and in acquiring the ability to assess personal behavior and that of others. Such learning requires an historical consciousness; familiarity with components of social structure and social institutions; knowledge of basic behavioral processes; comprehension of the interplay among ideas, technology, and social organization; and appreciation of the complex dimensions of personal and institutional rules.
Area IV: Humanistic Thought
Humanistic thought is the attempt to resolve such abiding issues as the meaning of life, the role of the arts in our understanding of what it is to be human, and the limits of knowledge. Humanistic inquiry assesses-across temporal, cultural, disciplinary, and theoretical divisions-how humans view themselves in relation to other humans, to nature, and to the divine. Studies in the humanities offer students the intellectual resources to develop mature self-concepts and heightened social consciousness.
Area V: Creative and Artistic Expression
Creative and artistic expression requires practicing the visual, the performing, the literary, the popular, or the applied arts as a means of exploring and enlarging human sensibilities.
Area VI: Inquiry and Analysis
Building on Areas I-V, the Inquiry and Analysis requirement provides opportunities for synthesizing knowledge. Inquiry and Analysis courses are problem-oriented and require completion of a project. The requirement is fulfilled by completing one approved course outside the major discipline.
Inquiry and Analysis courses meet general-education criteria and require
completion of the Area I requirement plus any applicable pre- or co-requisites
specified by the program offering the course. Inquiry and Analysis courses are
not open to students with A1 or B1 status.
The General Education Subcommittee
Responsibility for administering the general education program resides with
the chief academic officer, assisted by the General Education Subcommittee, which
reports to the Faculty through the Educational Policy Committee, as specified
in the Senate Bylaws.