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El Camino College General Education Philosophy

El Camino College (ECC) recognizes the need to provide a multidimensional, multicultural, and integrative general education curriculum, as the core of the associate degree.  With this objective in mind, El Camino College pledges to develop and maintain a general education curriculum that promotes critical thinking and analytical skills, clear and precise expression, cultural and artistic sensitivity, personal growth, health, and self-understanding.  General education curriculum will enhance appreciation and understanding of the scientific method and the relationships between science and other human activities.  It will also develop an understanding of methods of inquiry regarding human behavior, foster an appreciation of how societies and social groups operate, and develop awareness of the ways people throughout the ages have responded to themselves and the world around them in artistic and cultural creations.

 

El Camino College General Education Learning Outcomes

General Education Learning Outcomes, also known as GEOs, are statements that define the knowledge, skills, and perspectives acquired by students who fulfill General Education (GE) criteria either by receiving an Associate degree or by completing the CSU GE Breadth requirements or the CSU/UC IGETC requirements. 

GEOs are similar to other learning outcomes, but they refer to the outcomes of the General Education criteria for Associate degrees, rather than outcomes for a particular course or academic program.  To maintain an approach that is clear, simple, and manageable, ECC aligns GEOs with the already established GE criteria.  In this model:

  • Each GEO is aligned with a GE area.
  • Each GEO is designed to be embedded into the courses that satisfy that particular GE area.
  • Each instructor would then assess these GEOs as part of regular ongoing assessment processes.
  • Instructors of GE courses dialogue about GEO assessment results and action steps.

Click the below link to view GEOs and Related General Education Courses

GEOs and Related General Education Courses

 

How are GEOs different from SLOs, PLOS, and ILOs?

  • Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs) are the collective expression of the entire learning experience at ECC
  • Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) are overarching, specific, and observable behaviors evidenced by students who have completed a program’s educational objectives. 
  • Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) are statements that describe significant and essential learning that learners have achieved and can reliably demonstrate at the end of a course.
  • GEOs apply to students who take courses in GE areas and who fulfill General Education (GE) criteria.

 

El Camino College GEO Statements

GEOs are measurable outcomes that directly correspond to each of the General Education areas.  Students are expected to have acquired and be able to demonstrate these outcomes either by receiving an Associate degree or by completing the CSU GE Breadth requirements or the CSU/UC IGETC requirements. 

A General Education Task Force comprised of faculty from each division, deans, the Academic Senate, the Curriculum Committee, and the Evaluations Unit developed the criteria and selected the courses for each of the six General Education areas.  (See the Graduation Requirements section of the El Camino College Catalog for further details regarding GE areas and courses.)

The College has identified the learning outcomes for each of the six General Education areas.  On September 23, 2013, the Assessment of Learning Committee (ALC) approved moving ahead with the following GEOs for El Camino College.  The GEO learning outcomes were accepted by the Academic Senate on October 15, 2013.

 

General Education Outcomes  (GEOs)

General Education Outcomes (GEOs) are measurable outcomes that directly correspond to each of the General Education areas.  A General Education Task Force comprised of faculty from each division, deans, the Academic Senate, the Curriculum Committee, and the Evaluations Unit developed the criteria and selected the courses for each of the six General Education areas.  The College has identified the following outcomes for each of the six general education areas.

 Area 1: Natural Sciences

Develop an appreciation and understanding of the scientific method and an understanding of
the relationships between science and other human activities.

 

Area 2: Social and Behavioral Sciences

Develop an awareness of methods of inquiry and stimulate critical thinking
about the ways in which people act and interact within social cultural contexts.

 

Area 3: Humanities

 Develop an  awareness of the ways in which people throughout the ages have artistically and culturally responded to themselves and the world around them and  develop aesthetic understanding and ability to make value judgments.

 

Area 4: Language and Rationality

Develop principles and applications of language toward logical thought, clear and
precise expression, and critical evaluation.

 

Area 5: Health and Physical Education

A. Develop a knowledge of personal health through the examination of health related social problems, potential preventative strategies, and mediation actions.

 B.  Develop competencies in activities that promote movement, reduce disease risk, and improve overall quality of life.

 

Area 6: Mathematics Competency

Apply knowledge of mathematics to solve mathematical problems and to judge the reasonableness
of their results in meaningful and authentic applications.

 

Click the link below for a downloadable version of our GEOs.

El Camino College GEO Statements

 

El Camino College GEO Assessment Methods and Timeline

We are preparing to begin assessment of GEOs at El Camino College.  All GEOs will be assessed, in some form, each semester. 

General Education courses are mapped to GEOs.  In addition, Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for these mapped GE courses will be used as part of the GEO assessment process.  Each semester one or more GEOs will be assessed using methods designed by faculty from each GE area.  Generally, these assessments make use of rubrics which measure the skills, knowledge, and perspectives that students acquire in the General Education areas.

GEO assessments have been scheduled so that campus outreach can take place, along with opportunities for faculty to review data, dialogue about assessment results, and propose action steps.

 

GEO Assessment Schedule (tentative)

This GEO assessment schedule will begin once ALC ILO review process is complete (fall 2014).

  • Fall 2014: GEO 1 and GEO 2
  • Spring 2015: GEO 3
  • Fall 2015: GEO 4
  • Spring 2016: GEO 5A
  • Fall 2016: GEO 5B
  • Spring 2017: GEO 6

 

 Last Published 1/24/14