California Community College – General Education



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California Community College – General Education

For California community colleges, the development of a local general education (GE) package is a collaborative effort of faculty within many different disciplines. Agreement on the GE package means that colleges have determined what they value and expect students to learn and experience as part of degree attainment at the college. Some of the factors to consider when developing a local GE package are:



  • Title 5 Requirements for GE (see section 55063 for details, especially section “b”)

  • Accreditation Standards Requirements

  • Student Learning Outcomes for General Education or Institutional Student Learning Outcomes

  • Local Community Needs

  • Possible Alignment with IGETC or CSU Breadth GE packages

  • Local Definitions of the GE Areas as well as Locally Determined Criteria for a Course to be Included in a Given GE Area

State Senate Accreditation Institute Powerpoint (2012):

From Citrus Community College:

GE Assessment Assumption: If course outcomes are the foundation, and courses are assigned to a GE area, then GE assessment can be concluded from course assessment –

General Education Categories – Example from Citrus College

A. Natural sciences

B. Social and behavioral sciences

C. Arts and humanities

D. Language and rationality

Core Competencies – each GE course mapped to one or more of the core competencies

CM - Communication

CP - Computation

CR - Creative, critical, analytical thinking

CG - Community/global consciousness

TE - Technology

DS - Discipline, subject area


Cuesta College GE SLOs (presented at 2012 Accreditation Institute)

Upon completion of the general education course pattern, in addition to the area-specific outcomes, students should be able to:



    • identify, explain, and analyze the core concepts and methods of the

    • major discipline in which the course is included;

    • identify, explain, and analyze the influences and contributions of the specific discipline to other disciplines, cultures, human history, and our quest to understand the universe;

    • organize, integrate, and critically analyze information within the course, using these skills to generate and evaluate alternative perspectives; and

    • prepare students to live enriched lives in our multicultural society.


GE Area SLOs

Area B: Social and Behavioral Studies

After successfully completing courses in this category, students will:



    • understand the theories and be able to employ and evaluate the methods of social science inquiry;

    • be able to analyze and critically assess ideas about the individual, social groups, institutions and society, as well as their interrelationships, structure and function;

    • be able to use this knowledge to develop a capacity for self-understanding and to understand contemporary issues, conflicts, problems and their origins.



Solano Community College (presented at 2012 Accreditation Institute)

Core Competencies are GE and Institutional Outcomes:



  • Communication,

  • Critical Thinking,

  • Global Awareness,

  • Personal Responsibility and Professional Development

Sub-categories are connected to all courses, services, and when appropriate non-academic areas.

All courses are coded to the Core Competencies and to Program Outcomes

All services are coded to the Institutional Support Core and, where appropriate, Core Competencies

The Foothill College general education pattern is designed to ensure that students meet the four Institutional/General Education Student Learning Outcomes.

If you are teaching General Education courses in any subject, we are also required to carry out General Education Learning Outcomes (GELOs). This is easy to do as you will simply reflect within your CL-SLO reflections how your course outcomes are related to the GE outcomes.



  1. Communication:
    Demonstrate analytical reading and writing skills including evaluation, synthesis, and research; deliver focused and coherent presentations; demonstrate active, discerning listening and speaking skills in lectures and discussions.

  2. Computation
    Complex problem-solving skills, technology skills, computer proficiency, decision analysis (synthesis and evaluation), apply mathematical concepts and reasoning, and ability to analyze and use numerical data.

  3. Creative, Critical, and Analytical Thinking
    Judgment and decision making, intellectual curiosity, problem solving through analysis, synthesis and evaluation, creativity, aesthetic awareness, research method, identifying and responding to a variety of learning styles and strategies.

  4. Community/Global Consciousness and Responsibility
    Social perceptiveness, including respect, empathy, cultural awareness, and sensitivity, citizenship, ethics, interpersonal skills and personal integrity, community service, self-esteem, interest in and pursuit of lifelong learning.


Example of how areas are evaluated:

Courses meeting the General Education Requirement in Social and Behavior Sciences must include all of the following student learning outcomes:

S1. Explain the interactions of people as members of societies, cultures and social subgroups;

S2. Exercise critical thinking and analytical oral and/or written skills including consideration of events and ideas from multiple perspectives;

S3. Demonstrate knowledge and application of the scientific method in conducting research and in other methods of inquiry relative to the discipline.

For Humanities: In addition, courses must identify how they will help students achieve at least two of the following learning outcomes:

H6. understanding of the ambiguities, vagaries, and value inherent in human language;

H7. appreciation of nonverbal communication to be found in the visual and performing arts;

H8. recognition of the variety of valid interpretations of artistic expression;

H9. appreciation of our common humanity within the context of diverse cultures;



H10. thinking critically, including the ability to find, recognize, analyze, evaluate, and communicate ideas, information, and opinions as they relate to the products of human intellect and imagination.

College of Marin GE Outcomes (Appear to be evaluated by area, rather than all classes):

  1. Written, Oral and Visual communication

  2. Scientific and Quantitative Reasoning

  3. Critical Thinking

  4. Problem Solving

  5. Information Literacy



Los Rios Community College District (Cosumnes River College):

GENERAL EDUCATION
Upon completion of the general education curriculum at Cosumnes River College the student will have achieved proficiency in all of the following general skills.

Critical Thinking:

  1. Students will identify important questions and points, distinguish interpretations and opinions from more factual information, and construct an accurate interpretation of the viewpoints and reasoning of a written or spoken text

  2. Students will present information in an organized manner.

  3. Students will evaluate information or data for quality, validity and bias to determine if it is objective and reliable.

Information Acquisition and Analysis:

  1. Students will access, synthesize and evaluate information using a variety of print and electronic sources including computer networks.

  2. Students will utilize technological resources in order to explore and express information.

  3. Students will determine the extent of information needed, evaluate the information and its sources critically, and ethically and legally apply gathered information to personal and community issues.

Ethical Capacities:

  1. Students will apply ethical reasoning skills within the various GE areas and work toward a personal resolution of ethical issues.

  2. Students will show an appreciation of ethical principles as applied to personal and civic choices.

  3. Students will realize and apply the responsibility to use knowledge wisely.

  4. Students will assume civic, political, and social responsibilities locally, nationally and internationally.

College-wide and GE outcomes are assessed on a six-year cycle. The College-wide/GE assessment cycle is in Appendix I
How are College-wide and GE Outcomes being assessed?

College-wide outcomes are being assessed by student perception surveys administered in a sample of courses, by course assessments and program outcomes assessment from relevant courses and programs. GE outcomes are being assessed by student-perception surveys and by course assessments from a sample of courses in each GE area.


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