General Education Review Committee 2011-12
July 24, 2012
Changes From Current AAS Requirements and Rational: The only substantive change from current AAS requirements is lowering the Natural Science credit requirement from 6 to 3 credits. The rational for this is two-fold. First, the new BOR Natural Science minimums for AAS Degrees is 3 credits (not 6 credits). Second, the vast majority of AAS degrees already include a significant science or mathematical component. In consultation with representatives from AAS programs, the Committee did not find that reducing the Natural Science requirement diminished the rigor of AAS Degrees. Also, lowering the Natural Science requirements helps AAS programs to adapt to the new BOR 60 credit standard for Associate degrees.
Two Additions to AAS that have not been approved by Senate:
- The proposal for AAS degrees includes an objective for 'Human Relations' and a set of outcomes for the same. These are new and were not approved buy Senate with the transfer degree General Education proposal.
- The objective outcomes for AAS 'Mathematics' has been adjusted for the AAS degrees. These are new and were not approved buy Senate with the transfer degree General Education proposal.
- Populated course lists for AAS have been updated to reflect changes already approved for transfer degrees.