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§ 55060. Philosophy and Criteria for the Associate Degree and General Education.

5 CA ADC § 55060Barclays Official California Code of RegulationsEffective: November 16, 2023

Barclays California Code of Regulations
Title 5. Education
Division 6. California Community Colleges
Chapter 6. Curriculum and Instruction
Subchapter 1. Programs, Courses and Classes
Article 6. The Associate Degree
Effective: November 16, 2023
5 CCR § 55060
§ 55060. Philosophy and Criteria for the Associate Degree and General Education.
(a) District governing boards shall adopt and maintain a policy that states their goals for offering associate degrees and their specific philosophy on general education. In developing this policy, governing boards shall consider the following policy of the Board of Governors:
The Associate Degree provides a framework within which students complete patterns of learning experiences designed to develop capabilities and insights to support their academic and career goals. Among these capabilities and insights are competencies that are germane to all aspects of higher education and comprise a “general education” curriculum, such as the ability to think critically and to communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing, to use quantitative reasoning, understand the modes of inquiry of the major disciplines, to be aware of other cultures and times, to achieve insights gained through experience in thinking about ethical problems, and to develop the capacity for self-understanding.
Furthermore, general education introduces students to the variety of means through which people comprehend the modern world. It reflects the conviction of colleges that those who receive their degrees must have mastered principles, concepts, and methodologies both unique to and shared by the various disciplines. A general education program should create coherence and integration among the separate requirements and involve students actively in examining values inherent in proposed solutions to major social problems.
(b) District governing boards shall establish criteria to determine which courses may be used to implement their goals for the associate degree and their philosophy of general education.


Note: Authority cited: Section 70901, Education Code. Reference: Sections 70901 and 70902, Education Code.
1. New article 6 (sections 55060-55064) and section filed 7-17-2007; operative 8-16-2007. Submitted to OAL for printing only pursuant to Education Code section 70901.5 (Register 2007, No. 35).
2. Repealer and new section filed 10-17-2023; operative 11-16-2023. Submitted to OAL for filing and printing only pursuant to Education Code section 70901.5 (Register 2023, No. 43).
This database is current through 4/12/24 Register 2024, No. 15.
Cal. Admin. Code tit. 5, § 55060, 5 CA ADC § 55060
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