Core Requirement 2.7.3

 

Requires in each undergraduate degree program the successful completion of a general education component at the collegiate level that is (1) a substantial component of each undergraduate degree, (2) ensures breadth of knowledge, and (3) is based on a coherent rationale. 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. These credit hours are to be drawn from and 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. The institution provides a written justification and rationale for course equivalency. (General Education)

 

COMPLIANCE

 

Narrative:

 

Vernon College A.A., A.S., and A.A.T. degrees require an academic core component of not less than 44 hours including general academic coursework in communication, mathematics, natural science, visual/performing arts, humanities, U.S. History, political science, social/behavioral science, and physical education. Demonstration of computer literacy is also a degree requirement.

 

All Vernon College A.A.S. programs consist of a minimum of 15 general academic core courses with at least one course from each of the following areas: communication, humanities, computer literacy, political science, and mathematics.

 

All courses used to satisfy the core academic course requirements in the degree curriculum must be listed in the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Academic Course Guide Manual (ACGM). Course equivalencies are determined using the guidelines established in the Texas Common Course Numbering System (TCCNS) and comparisons of course descriptions and learning objectives.

 

The general education program is at the collegiate level. The articulation system established by the TCCNS described above verifies that the general education program is at the collegiate level.

 

The general education program is a substantial component of each undergraduate degree. The general education requirements compose 44 semester credit hours (out of 62-65 hours) of the A.A., A.S., and A.A.T. degree programs. They compose 15 semester credit hours (out of the 60-72 hours) required for the A.A.S. degree programs.

 

The general education program ensures a breadth of knowledge. The credit hours draw at least one course from each of the areas of humanities/fine arts; social/behavioral sciences; and natural science/mathematics. Each degree program requires a specified number of semester credit hours from each of four areas: written composition; humanities/fine arts; social/behavioral sciences; and natural science/mathematics.

 

The general education program is based on a coherent rationale. The rationale evident in the general education program at Vernon College asks that the graduate be proficient in the skills of writing, speaking, mathematics, and computer literacy; be capable of understanding and appreciating expressions of the human spirit through humanities and fine arts; be prepared to apply informed judgment and interpretation to social conditions and events; and have a depth of knowledge in at least one area of science and understand the principles guiding scientific endeavor.

 

The courses do not narrowly focus on those skills, techniques, and procedures specific to a particular occupation or profession. Each course focuses on the area identified in the respective title and course description. The general education core courses contribute breadth of knowledge to the various fields of study without narrowly focusing on the skills, techniques, and procedures specific to any one.

 

Documentation

 

1.   Vernon College Academic Core Requirements

2.   Texas Common Course Numbering System (TCCNS)