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General Education Revision for 2015-2016


General Education Program Revision Update 11/20/13

Please find the most current update, including a revised (draft) GEP here, under "Updates"



General Education Program Revision - Upcoming Informational Meetings, Fall 2013

Town Hall Meetings (focused on Mission & Purpose drafts)

–Wednesday, September 4th, 9:00am-11:00am (SRHM 114)
–Friday, September 6th, 4:00pm-6:00pm (SRHM 114)

Town Hall Meetings (focused on General Education Program models)

–Monday, September 30th, 9:00am-11:00am (SRHM 114)
–Tuesday, October 1st, 4:00pm-6:00pm (Reed Hall 249)


Recent Updates (June 2013)

During the 2013 legislative session, the Florida legislature passed revisions (SB 1720) to the original legislation (HB 7135, passed in 2012) on General Education in the state of Florida.  This legislation:

  • restored General Education to 36 hours (from 30)
  • extended the timeline for implementation to fall 2015 (from fall 2014)
  • created a provision for colleges and universities to not have to offer the state appvoved core courses (though all 40 institutions will need to accept transfer of those courses)
  • allows for Mathematics and Natural Science subject areas to develop additional core courses that are of a "higher level" than the approved courses
  • permits for additional options in Humanities and Social Science core courses

Final Competency and Core Course Recommendations


Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively.
Students will demonstrate the ability to analyze communication critically.

ENC X101 English Composition I


Through demonstrating interpretive ability and cultural literacy, the student will confirm the ability to think critically.
The student will acquire competence in reflecting critically upon the human condition.

ARH X000 Art Appreciation

PHI X010 Introduction to Philosophy

MUL X010 Music Literature/Music Appreciation

LIT X000 Introduction to Literature

HUM X020 Introduction to Humanities

THE X000 Theatre Appreciation


Students will determine appropriate mathematical and computational models and methods in problem solving, and demonstrate an understanding of mathematical concepts.
Students will apply appropriate mathematical and computational models and methods in problem solving.

MGF X106 Liberal Arts Mathematics I

MGF X107 Liberal Arts Mathematics II

MAC X105 College Algebra

STA X023 Statistical Methods

(Additional list of “prerequisite and related/advanced coursework” pending)


Natural Science

Students will demonstrate the ability to critically examine and evaluate scientific observation, hypothesis, or model construction, and the use of scientific method to explain the natural world.
Students will successfully recognize and comprehend fundamental concepts, principles, and processes about the natural world.

BSC X005 General Biology

CHM X020 Chemistry for Liberal Studies

PHY X020 Fundamentals of Physics

ESC X000 Introduction to Earth Science

EVR X001 Introduction to Environmental Science

AST X002 Astronomy

(Additional list of “prerequisite and related/advanced coursework” pending)

Social Science

Students will demonstrate the ability to examine behavioral, social, and cultural issues from a variety of points of view.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of basic social and behavioral science concepts and principles used in the analysis of behavioral, social, and cultural issues, past and present, local and global.

PSY X012 Introduction to Psychology

SYG X000 Principles of Sociology

ANT X000 Introduction to Anthropology

POS X041 American Government

AMH X020 Introductory Survey Since 1877

ECO X013 Principles of Macroeconomics


Our campus continues to move towards the implementation of these changes.  Please visit the "Updates" page for additional information.

Background & FAQs

During the 2012 legislative session, the Florida legislature passed a bill (HB 7135) that changes the General Education Program (GEP) for all Florida colleges and universities. The changes included a reduction in the hours of the GEP from 36 to 30 hours and the creation of a list of up to five courses in each of the five content areas of General Education (communication, mathematics, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences). Students are required to take at least one course from each area on this list, which will be the same across the State University System (SUS) and the state and Florida College System (FCS).

 Here are some relevant excerpts from the original bill:

 “General Education core course options shall consist of a maximum of five courses within each of the subject areas . . . and must contain high-level academic and critical thinking skills and common competencies . . . . Each student must complete at least one course in each subject area . . . . All . . . institutions shall offer and accept these courses . . . .”

 “The remaining General Education course requirements shall be identified by each institution . . .and shall include 30 semester hours . . . .”

For a copy of the bill, go to (scroll down to page 16-18).

The official state website for these changes: .

Image of state level changes to general educationImage updated December, 2012



What is the process for how decisions about curriculum will be made?

Our legislators recognize the role of faculty in the design of the General Education curriculum.  Faculty committees were established at the state leve.  These committees have now provided recommendaitons about which five courses will be included in each of the five content areas and what the common competencies might be.  The Deans of Undergraduate Studies at the SUS, working with Vice Provosts at the FCS, were tasked with nominating faculty to these committees and with providing oversight of the process for selecting the courses.  Five of the Deans, along with five of the VPs from the FCS, constitute a Steering Committee (Dr. Wohlpart serves as an alternate on the Steering Committee).  Provosts from each campus, working with their respective Steering Committee members, nominated faculty from each campus. 

Steering Committee

Five committees were created (one for each of the five areas of General Education), with 12 members for each committee (6 from SUS and 6 from FCS).  No SUS or FCS has representation on all of the committees because of the sheer logistics of how large these committees would be.  

FGCU is represented on four of the five area committeesMathematics (Dr. Chuck Lindsey, Associate Professor of Mathematics), Humanities (Dr. Anne-Marie Bouche, Associate Professor of Art History), Social Sciences (Dr. Rick Coughlin, Associate Professor of Political Science), Communication (Dr. Jim Wohlpart, Dean of Undergraduate Studies, and Steering Committee Alternate Member).

These faculty committees worked during the fall 2012 term to develop recommendations for the courses that now comprise the draft recommendations of common subject area competencies and core courses.  These recommendations were presented to the Steering Committee for evaluation, after which they were be presented to the Provosts for dissemination and review on each campus.  We are currently in the review stage of these preliminary recommendations (see Updates).  Recommendations were made to the te Steering Committee in early 2012.  For information about the tasks and timelines beyond this, please see Process and Timeline.


What does this mean for the GEP at FGCU?

To recap, the required number of hours in the GEP were being reduced to 30 (from 36), but have now been restored to 36.  The timeline for implementation of these changes has been extended to fall of 2015.  The state core courses consist of required courses in the five subject areas.  Over the course of the 2013-2014 academic year, there will be multiple opportunities for dialogue, feedback, and vetting of revised General Education models developed by the General Education Council.  Dr. Kris De Welde, Director of General Education, will continue organizing the efforts on our campus while working closely with our General Education Council.  Be sure to regularly check back to this website for updates and notice of upcoming meetings.