SVCC HLC Self-Study Document

Sauk Valley Community College
HLC Self-Study Document

September 19-21, 2011

4B.1: General Education

Sauk’s faculty have articulated general education requirements for its graduates as two separate components, which are documented in the catalog statements to students and in the design of the system for Assessment of Academic Achievement:

1) General Education Core Curriculum (GECC)

Sauk offers 40 transfer degree programs and 19 terminal career degree programs. All of the degree programs require students to take general education courses as part of a core curriculum requirement, in addition to subject-specific courses. GECC requirements adhere to ICCB requirements and have been locally approved by faculty and the Sauk Curriculum Committee prior to requesting ICCB approval and being published in the college catalog (see Figure 4iii).

Figure 4iii: GECC Requirements
Gen Ed coursesA.A. or A.S. degrees (# of credit hours)A.A.S degrees (# of credit hours)
Communications 9 6
Mathematics 3-4 3
Humanities/Fine Arts 9 3
Physical/Behavioral Sciences 7-8 7-8
Social/Behavioral Sciences 9 3
Total hours 37-39 22-23
Variations in the requirements reflect varying academic considerations for the type of degree.
Source:  2010-2012 Catalog

Under provisions of the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI), approximately 25% (89 of 362) of Sauk’s courses are directly transferable to other IAI institutions as GECC credits. To assure that students can accurately identify these qualifying courses, a 900 identification number and code appears on each course description in the catalog and the class schedule students use to register for classes.

The college has two additional categories of GECC requirements that address distinctive local priorities for Sauk graduates:

2) General Education Competencies:

In keeping with the intent of the community and various regulatory agencies, the faculty has articulated a set of outcomes, which are published in the catalog, that reflect institutional priorities for graduates: Students should live “responsible, productive, and joyful lives” and be prepared “for the increasing demands of the workplace and the expanding responsibilities of the diverse local and global communities in which they will live and work.” These competencies are achieved primarily through the curricular framework of the GECC, but are taught, reinforced, or confirmed in many of the major program and discipline-specific courses: