General Education Committee
The CCRI General Education Committee was established to help CCRI fulfill the General
Education requirements of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC),
as outlined here.
NEASC Standards for The Academic Program
Undergraduate Degree Programs
- The general education requirement is coherent and substantive. It embodies the institution's
definition of an educated person and prepares students for the world in which they
will live. The requirement informs the design of all general education courses, and
provides criteria for its evaluation, including the assessment of what students learn.
- The general education requirement in each undergraduate program ensures adequate breadth
for all degree-seeking students by showing a balanced regard for what are traditionally
referred to as the arts and humanities, the sciences including mathematics, and the
social sciences. General education requirements include offerings that focus on the
subject matter and methodologies of these three primary domains of knowledge as well
as on their relationships to one another.
- The institution ensures that all undergraduate students complete at least the equivalent
of forty semester hours in a bachelor's degree program, or the equivalent of twenty
semester hours in an associate's degree program in general education.
- Graduates successfully completing an undergraduate program demonstrate competence
in written and oral communication in English; the ability for scientific and quantitative
reasoning, for critical analysis and logical thinking; and the capability for continuing
learning, including the skills of information literacy. They also demonstrate knowledge
and understanding of scientific, historical, and social phenomena, and a knowledge
and appreciation of the aesthetic and ethical dimensions of humankind.
From: 2005 NEASC standards - PDF files*