General Education Core Course Options
Students initially entering a Florida College System (FCS) or State University System (SUS) institution in 2015-2016 and thereafter, are required to complete at least one general education core course in each of the subject disciplines of communication, mathematics, social sciences, humanities and natural sciences. The general education core course options are adopted in State Board of Education (SBOE) Rule 6A-14.0303, Florida Administrative Code, and Board of Governors (BOG) Regulation 8.005.
Section (s.) 1007.25, Florida Statutes (F.S.) maintains that each general education core course option must contain high-level academic and critical thinking skills and common competencies that students must demonstrate to successfully complete the course.
In 2023, Senate Bill (SB) 266 modified s. 1007.25, F.S., creating content standards for each of the five subject disciplines of general education. Additionally, the bill created s. 1007.55, F.S., to specify principles, standards and content for all of general education, providing that every undergraduate student should graduate as an informed citizen through participating in rigorous general education courses that promote and preserve the constitutional republic through traditional, historically accurate and high-quality coursework. General education courses should provide broad foundational knowledge to help students develop skills and habits that enable them to become more effective and lifelong learners.
SB 266 (2023) also initiated a review of the general education core course options related to the new standards and principles to be conducted by faculty committees appointed by the SBOE and BOG; faculty reviewers must make recommendations regarding general education core courses to the Articulation Coordinating Committee (ACC), SBOE and BOG, by July 1, 2024, and every four years thereafter.
General Education Core Course Review 2023
Pursuant to SB 266 (2023), faculty discipline committees were established to review the current general education core courses using the new course principles, standards and content established in s. 1007.55, F.S., and draft recommended course revisions that align with the newly adopted standards and principles.
On September 14, 2023, faculty discipline committees created their draft recommendations for general education core courses in each of the five disciplines, which are posted below for public comment. Public comments collected through this period will be provided back to the committees for their consideration in making their final recommendations.
To review and provide comments on the draft recommendations, click the link(s) below, which will take you to a web survey where you can review and comment on any or all courses recommended under that discipline. Your comment can be to keep the course as currently described, eliminate that course from the core, or modify the description of the course with your suggested modification. Please provide any comments or feedback by October 2, 2023. Thank you for providing your input!
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
The General Education Core Course Review Faculty Committees announces a public meeting to which all persons are invited.
DATE AND TIME: October 13, 2023, 9:00 a.m., EDT (Virtual Meeting)
PLACE: Please register to attend the October 13th virtual meeting at https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82799309690?pwd=0WmagADNv0bY7F7jqPc9J4l8Ayj8me.1
GENERAL SUBJECT MATTER TO BE CONSIDERED: Discipline subcommittee to address a course description in Social Science.
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
The Articulation Coordinating Committee announces a public meeting to which all persons are invited.
DATE AND TIME: October 13, 2023, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m., EDT (Virtual Meeting)
Please register for the meeting at https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0ldeipqT0sGdI1rWClhz8U4lmaKEQ3nIPU.