ERIC Number: ED344618
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jun-22
Reference Count: N/A
Task Force on the Role of General Education in Associate Science Degree Programs. Final Report and Recommendations.
Weyers, Lori; Langerman, Philip
In 1989-90, the General Education Task Force of the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) was convened to determine the role of the general education curriculum in the attainment of skills that enhance the likelihood of success among technical college graduates in their careers, homes and communities. The Task Force consisted of at least one representative from each WTCS district. Using guidelines established by the Task Force, faculty subcommittees defined specific competencies and attempted to design a curriculum to achieve the desired outcomes. A statewide conference of over 200 instructors then produced specific recommendations for a l5-credit General Education core curriculum meant to develop skills in communications, computation, critical thinking, ethics, global awareness, self-awareness, social interaction, and science and technology. The bulk of this final report of the Task Force consists of sections containing the following: (1) a description of the General Education core; (2) a transfer grid of the General Education Core within the WTCS; (3) detailed course descriptions for Communications, Social Science, and Mathematics, covering desired competencies, minimum expectations, components, suggestions, and notes on instructional methodologies; (4) further considerations regarding methodologies employed to achieve desired outcomes; (5) recommendations for further consideration by the Task Force from the Subcommittees on Social Science, Mathematics and Science; and (6) "Instructor Position on Conditions to Support Teaching Statewide Communication Competencies," prepared by Jill Stiemsma and Gary Kirby at the request of 35 instructors representing 16 districts. (JSP)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Core Curriculum, Course Descriptions, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Evaluation, Educational Objectives, Educational Planning, General Education, Minimum Competencies, Outcomes of Education, Relevance (Education), Required Courses, Skill Development, Statewide Planning, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: Wisconsin State Board of Vocational, Technical and Adult Education, Madison. Wisconsin Technical Coll. System.