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Pima County Community College District Regulation

Regulation Title: General Education
Regulation Number:  RG-3117/A
Effective Date: 10/6/98
Approval Date: 10/6/98
Review Date(s):  5/7/10, 4/2/14
Revision Date(s):  5/7/10, 4/2/14
Schedule for Review & Update:   Annually
Unit Responsible for Review & Update:   Office of the Provost
Sponsoring Unit/Department:   Office of the Provost
Policy Title(s) & No(s).:   General Education, BP-3117
Legal Reference:      
Cross Reference:    RG-3106/A

I.      Purpose

This regulation sets forth the standard for general education for the College.  General education is that portion of the degree or certificate program that provides students with the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, skills, and approaches that are fundamental to every individual’s effort to have a more satisfying life and to function as a more effective citizen.

II.      Standards

For Pima Community College's transfer degrees (Associate of Arts, Associate of Business, Associate of Fine Arts, and Associate of Science), a student fulfills the general education requirement by completing the statewide Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) composed of thirty-five (35) credits.  For the College's occupational (Associate of Applied Arts, Associate of Applied Science, Associate of General Studies) and workforce response degrees, the student is required to complete eighteen (18) general education credits and the Computer and Information Literacy requirement.  For the College's occupational (direct employment) certificates requiring thirty (30) or more credits, the student is required to complete six (6) general education credits.  For certificates under thirty (30) credits, the student is not required to complete general education credits.

The thirty-five (35) credits of the AGEC are completed in English Composition, Humanities and Fine Arts, Mathematics, Biological and Physical Sciences, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Other Requirements.  The eighteen credits (18) of direct employment degree general education are completed in Communication; Analysis and Critical Thinking; Humanities, Social Science, Leadership and Ethics; and Computer and Information Literacy.

III.    Roles and Responsibilities

A sub-committee of the College Curriculum Council, The General Education Committee, composed of faculty and an administrator, establishes requirements and criteria for general education.  The development of general education courses is a college-wide endeavor with administrators providing leadership, faculty providing expertise, and college staff providing data and technical assistance. 

The College’s Board of Governors authorizes the Provost/Executive Vice Chancellor, Academic and Student Services the authority to approve general education requirements and courses.