As a college of arts and sciences, Empire State College expects students to acquire the qualities of a broadly educated person. Also, as an institution of the State University of New York, Empire State College is required to implement the policy of the SUNY Board of Trustees regarding general education enacted December 1998. (Taken from policy statements below) This policy outlines college expectations regarding breadth and general education in Empire State College associate’s and baccalaureate degrees. (New statement)
As a college of arts and sciences, Empire State College expects students to acquire the qualities of a broadly educated person. The purpose of a college education is to enable students both to accumulate information and to appreciate what is learned in a broad context, relate what is being learned to what is already known, judge what one is told rather than merely accept it and use what is learned in a practical and intellectual way.
The student's learning should extend beyond a single, narrow discipline or field. The student should demonstrate an understanding of several diverse perspectives (e.g., hstorical, literary, scientific, technological, aesthetic, ethical, international, multicultural and gender-based) and be able to apply such perspectives to situations in which they must analyze, explain or solve problems related to human behavior, society and the natural world.
As an institution of the State University of New York, Empire State College is required to implement the policy of the SUNY Board of Trustees regarding general education, enacted December 1998. Students are encouraged to become familiar with the following requirements at an early stage of their studies, and to discuss with their mentor how to appropriately incorporate them into their degree program.
The State University of New York's general education requirement applies to all state-operated institutions offering undergraduate degrees. It requires associate and bachelor’s degree candidates, as a condition of graduation, to complete a general education program of no fewer than 30 credit hours specifically designed to achieve the student learning outcomes in seven of 10 knowledge and skill areas, listed below, which must include both mathematics and basic communication. Students will select five different content areas from the remaining eight content areas. Students also must demonstrate competency in critical thinking/reasoning and information management as specified below.
Students will show competency in the following quantitative reasoning skills:
Students will demonstrate:
The following two competencies should be diffused throughout the general education program:
The policy of the SUNY Board of Trustees regarding general education, enacted December 1998.
Related Policies: Advanced Standing Credit: Transcript Credit; Policy and Procedures for Degree Program and Portfolio Review and Approval; Policy on Educational Planning Studies; Individual Prior Learning Assessment Policy and Procedures; Degree Program Rationale; Individualized Program Design: Bachelor’s Degrees; Individualized Program Design: Associate Degrees