Introduction, History, and Rationale

The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges is seeking feedback on proposing a general education pattern for the associate degree that could align with the singular lower division general education pathway as required by AB 928. Please read the history and rationale and then provide comments and feedback via this survey. All feedback is requested by September 30, 2022. There will be a series of webinars for discussion and to answer questions beginning September 12, 2022.
Title 5 §53200 places the responsibility of recommendations regarding policy development and implementation matters on degree and certificate requirements with the academic senate.

In July of 2021, the Board of Governors approved the ethnic studies requirement for the associate degree. Since the approved Title 5 regulations §55063 have not been chaptered rendering them not easy to find, they can be accessed via this link for your reference.

In 2021-22, the California Community Colleges Curriculum Committee (5C) drafted a revision to the language of the Title 5 regulations for the associate degree (§§55060-55064). However, the specific requirements for general education within an associate degree have not undergone a thorough or holistic review and update in over 20 years. With recent legislation such as AB 705 (Irwin, 2017), AB 927 (Medina, 2021), and AB 928 (Berman, 2021) and based on conversations at the ASCCC 2022 Curriculum Institute, it is clear that the time has come to examine and update the California Community College General Education Requirements in order to align general education requirements for local associate degrees and community college baccalaureate degrees with the (AB 928-required) singular lower division general education pathway.

In 2021-22, as required by AB 928, the Intersegmental Committee of Academic Senates (ICAS) proposed the following singular lower division general education pathway for transfer to both the CSU and UC systems. Vetting on the proposed pathway, titled CalGETC is taking place among each system during the fall 2022 terms. Feedback will be brought back to ICAS for ICAS to make a final determination of the CalGETC pathway by May 2023. Current general education patterns for transfer, either IGETC and CSU GE Breadth, are expected to be replaced by CalGETC, and implementation guidance for CalGETC will likely be based on current IGETC requirements, potentially limiting the breadth of courses approved within each area.

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