Standard II: Student Learning Programs and Services
Standard IIA--Instructional Programs continued
- The institution requires of all academic and vocational degree programs
a component of general education based on a carefully considered philosophy
that is clearly stated in its catalog. The institution, relying on the expertise
of its faculty, determines the appropriateness of each course for inclusion
in the general education curriculum by examining the stated learning outcomes
for the course.
General education has comprehensive learning outcomes for the students
who complete it, including the following:
- An understanding of the basic content and methodology of the
major areas of knowledge: areas include the humanities and fine arts, the
natural sciences, and the social sciences.
- A capability to be a productive individual and life long learner:
skills include oral and written communication, information competency, computer
literacy, scientific and quantitative reasoning, critical analysis/logical
thinking, and the ability to acquire knowledge through a variety of means.
- A recognition of what it means to be an ethical human being and
effective citizen: qualities include an appreciation of ethical principles;
civility and interpersonal skills; respect for cultural diversity; historical
and aesthetic sensitivity; and the willingness to assume civic, political,
and social responsibilities locally, nationally, and globally.
- All degree programs include focused study in at least one area of inquiry
or in an established interdisciplinary core.
- Students completing vocational and occupational certificates and degrees
demonstrate technical and professional competencies that meet employment and
other applicable standards and are prepared for external licensure and certification.
- The institution assures that students and prospective students receive clear
and accurate information about educational courses and programs and transfer
policies. The institution describes its degrees and certificates in terms
of their purpose, content, course requirements, and expected student learning
outcomes. In every class section students receive a course syllabus that specifies
learning objectives consistent with those in the institution’s officially
approved course outline.
- The institution makes available to its students clearly stated
transfer-of-credit policies in order to facilitate the mobility of students
without penalty. In accepting transfer credits to fulfill degree requirements,
the institution certifies that the expected learning outcomes for transferred
courses are comparable to the learning outcomes of its own courses. Where
patterns of student enrollment between institutions are identified, the
institution develops articulation agreements as appropriate to its mission.
- When programs are eliminated or program requirements are significantly
changed, the institution makes appropriate arrangements so that enrolled
students may complete their education in a timely manner with a minimum
- The institution represents itself clearly, accurately, and consistently
to prospective and current students, the public, and its personnel through
its catalogs, statements, and publications, including those presented in
electronic formats. It regularly reviews institutional policies, procedures,
and publications to assure integrity in all representations about its mission,
programs, and services.
- In order to assure the academic integrity of the teaching-learning process,
the institution uses and makes public governing board-adopted policies on
academic freedom and responsibility, student academic honesty, and specific
institutional beliefs or world views. These policies make clear the institution's
commitment to the free pursuit and dissemination of knowledge.
- Faculty distinguish between personal conviction and professionally
accepted views in a discipline. They present data and information fairly
- The institution establishes and publishes clear expectations
concerning student academic honesty and the consequences for dishonesty.
- Institutions that require conformity to specific codes of conduct
of staff, faculty, administrators, or students, or that seek to instill
specific beliefs or world views, give clear prior notice of such policies,
including statements in the catalog and/or appropriate faculty or student
- Institutions offering curricula in foreign locations to students other than
U.S. nationals operate in conformity with standards and applicable Commission
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