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General Education Review

Palm Beach State Board Policy

Title:  General Education Program NUMBER 6Hx-18-2.02

Legal Authority:  1001.61 FS, 1001.64 FS, 1007.25 FS,  6A-10.024 FAC, 6A-14.030 FAC, 6A-14.0303 FAC

Date Adopted/Amended:  Readopted 2/27/75; Amended 12/13/90, 6/19/01, 04/08/08, 02/18/2020

There shall be a recognizable, common core of subject matter (General Education Program) that expresses the educational philosophy of the College.

1. Bachelor of Applied Science Degree. A minimum of 36 semester hours in General Education shall be completed by a student who earns the Baccalaureate Degree.

2. Bachelor of Science Degree. A minimum of 36 semester hours in General Education shall be completed by a student who earns the Baccalaureate Degree.

3. Associate in Arts Degree. A minimum of thirty-six semester hours in General Education shall be completed by a student who earns the Associate in Arts Degree.

4. Associate in Science Degree. A minimum of fifteen semester hours in General Education shall be completed by a student who earns the Associate in Science Degree.

5. Associate in Applied Science Degree. A minimum of fifteen semester hours in General Education shall be completed by a student who earns the Associate in Applied Science Degree.

6. The semester hours in General Education must be drawn from and must include at least one course from each of the following areas: humanities/fine arts, social behavioral sciences, and natural sciences/mathematics.

 

SACSCOC 9.3 Educational Program Structure and Content

The institution requires the successful completion of a general education component at the undergraduate level that

(a) is based on a coherent rationale.

(b) is a substantial component of each undergraduate degree program. For degree completion in associate programs, the component constitutes a minimum of 15 semester hours or the equivalent; for baccalaureate programs, a minimum of 30 semester hours or the equivalent.

(c) ensures breadth of knowledge. These credit hours include at least one course from each of the following areas: humanities/fine arts, social/behavioral sciences, and natural science/mathematics. The courses do not narrowly focus on those skills, techniques, and procedures specific to a particular occupation or profession. (General Education requirements )[CR]

 

Florida Statute 1007.25

(relevant areas included)

General education courses; common prerequisites; and other degree requirements.

(3)  General education core course options shall consist of a maximum of five courses within each of the subject areas of communication, mathematics, social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences. Beginning with students initially entering a Florida College System institution or state university in 2015-2016 and thereafter, each student must complete at least one identified core course in each subject area as part of the general education course requirements.

(4) Beginning with students initially entering a  Florida College System institution or state university in the 2018-2019 school year and thereafter, each student must demonstrate competency in civic literacy. Students must have the option to demonstrate competency through successful completion of a civic literacy course or by achieving a passing score on an assessment.

(7)  The universities and Florida college System institutions shall work with their school districts to ensure that high school curricula coordinate with the general education curricula and to prepare students for college-level work. General education curricula for associate in arts programs shall be identified by each institution and include 36 semester hours in the subject areas of communication, mathematics, social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences.

(8)  An associate in arts degree shall require no more than 60 semester hours of college credit and include 36 semester hours of general education coursework. Beginning with students initially entering a Florida College System institution or state university in 2014-2015 and thereafter, coursework for an associate in arts degree shall include demonstration of competency in a foreign language pursuant to s. 1007.262. Except for developmental education required pursuant to s. 1008.30, all required coursework shall count toward the associate in arts degree or the baccalaureate degree.

(9) A baccalaureate degree program shall consist of no more than 120 semester hours of college credit and and include 36 semester hours of general education coursework, unless prior approval has been granted by the Board of Governors for Baccalaureate degree programs offered by the state universities and by the State Board of Education for baccalaureate degree programs offered by Florida College System institutions.

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