FAQs

Faculty FAQs

Why did the University revise the GE program?

This revision is prompted by student and faculty feedback about problems with the current GE program, the issue of CSU Executive Orders 1100 and 1110 that require changes to GE programs systemwide, and suggestions from WASC to create a more coherent and assessable GE program.

How long can I continue to offer previous GE courses?

GE courses approved under the previous program are expected to lose their GE certification come Summer 2021. To remain in the GE program, follow the instructions on Proposing a GE Course. Area C and D courses not launched in Curriculog by end of Fall semester 2021 will sunset from GE Summer 2022.

Under what GE pattern should I advise my students?

As of Fall 2021, there are four GE patterns you might consult when advising your students: 1 for students that started at SSU in between 2011-2018; 1 for students that started at SSU in between 2018-19; 1 for students that started at SSU in 2019-present; and 1 for first-time first-year students in Fall 2021. Therefore, your student’s graduation requirements will depend on when they started at SSU. The Academic Requirements Report (ARR) has the most accurate GE requirements for each student.

How do I show that my course fits into the GELOs?

The GE Subcommittee relies on an explanation by the proposer to adequately describe how course content (e.g. lectures, readings) and class activities (e.g. group work, homework assignments) address the learning outcomes. The more information, the easier it is for the GE Subcommittee to understand your course. If you have questions, please don't hesitate to contact members of the GE Subcommittee.

How do I make sure my course forms are filled out appropriately and that this process moves as quickly as possible?

Check the FAQs:  Course and Program Proposals or check-in with Jennifer Lillig, Interim Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies.

How do I learn more about the new GE Program?

For questions about program revision and implementation, contact Emily Asencio, EPC Chair or Stephanie Dyer, GE Subcommittee Chair.

For questions about Advising, contact Michael Balasek, Director of Advising Center. 

For questions about Assessment, contact Jennifer Lillig.

Student FAQs

What is the purpose of a General Education program?

A General Education (GE) program provides a course of study that prepares students for further study in college (e.g. by supporting students in honing their math, critical thinking, and written and oral communication skills); introduces them to disciplinary knowledge and ways of thinking in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences; and provides opportunities for hands-on experience with complex questions and problems.  General Education programs support students in building the broad and multidisciplinary knowledge that they will use in their careers and as citizens of a globally engaged democracy.  

Why is the university revising the GE program?

This revision is prompted by student and faculty feedback about problems with the current GE program, the issue of CSU Executive Orders 1100 and 1110 that require changes to GE programs systemwide, and suggestions from WASC to create a more coherent and assessable GE program.

I am a currently enrolled student.  Will I need to follow the new GE program?

Current students (students who entered SSU in or before Fall 2018) can finish the GE pattern that was in place when they enrolled in the University, or they can complete the new program.  Consult your advisor about which option would be best for you.