General education values are designations that ASU allows for courses to be “counted” as meeting graduation criteria for their General Education requirements. It is important to remember that these values are designated and awarded by ASU, not by Mesa or Maricopa.
Since students transferring to ASU must have their “Gen Ed” designations, these “tags” are very important to students.
Core Awareness Literacy and Critical inquiry (L) Cultural diversity in the U.S. (C) Humanities (HU) Global (G) Social/behavioral science (SB) Historical (H) Natural sciences (SG/SQ) Mathematics (MA) Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Analysis (CS)
Keep in mind that we are allowed to "double-dip" (apply one course to two or more general education requirements) between the core and the awareness areas or within the awareness area, but not within the core. For example, a course cannot count toward both HU and L requirements, but it can count toward HU, C, and H requirements.
If your course is a direct equivalency class (meaning that it transfers directly to ASU as the same class and number as their class) – then that class “inherits” the General Education.
The good news is that you do not have to go through an approval for these designations – they will get what the ASU class has. The bad news is that your class cannot have any additional designations that the ASU class does not have.
There is an approval process that you go through for a class to get a General Education designation. Following are specific instructions.
The best first step is to get in touch with Skip (17159) because she has step-by-step instructions for filling out the ASU forms and, even better, some good models that you can use.
Official course description and competencies - from MCCD online Curriculum list https://asa.maricopa.edu/departments/center-for-curriculum-transfer-articulation/curriculum/degrees-certificates/course-search
ORDER: Put your materials in the order they are listed above.
PROCESSING: Call Skip at (480) 461-7159, she will be glad to help you with the process. In addition, she has some sample packages available for your use which is always helpful. Of course, you can do this work alone.
Whichever way – when you have a complete package send/bring it to Skip. She’ll double-check it and, assuming it’s all is there, the Curriculum Office will send it to your IC for their approval. Assuming it is then approved, the package will be sent to Jeff Ricker who will take it to the appropriate ASU Committee. Important note: You must complete a separate package for each “tag” you are requesting. They go to different committees.
There are two approvals needed for these requests:
Jeff will let you (along with Skip and Jan) know when ASU gives its “verdict”.
Call Skip at (480) 461-7159 for help with the process and for models to use. Seeing a finished product in your hands really makes the process much, much easier.
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