As you are aware, during fall of 2013, Valencia College faculty revised the General Education requirements for their respective disciplines in response to state-mandated changes that go into effect August of 2015. The Social Sciences faculty responded by recommending courses that would satisfy the Social Science institutional hours component of the revised General Education requirements. A copy of the entire General education revisions for the College can be found on the Curriculum Committee website.
The next step in the process is a College Curriculum Committee (CCC) review of General Education requirements and their impact on student advisement, transfer, and excess hours coming to this November. This means that our recommended choices for institutional hours and Gordon Rule-designated classes will be reviewed and considered in context to the decisions made by other disciplines and how our changes might impact students and other areas of the College. As a reminder, the final approving body for General Education changes is the College Curriculum Committee with feedback and data from stakeholders of the College. Accordingly, as we have made our recommendations to the CCC, we do not vote in this matter. However, we have been asked to offer our thoughts, opinions, and recommendations to the CCC as they consider and vote on our work.
In preparation for this review process, we have established this blog for faculty and public comment. We welcome you to review, comment, and offer your thoughts and opinions on the proposed Social Science recommendations for Institutional hours. At the end of the designated review period, the Social Sciences Deans will collect and summarize the recommendations, thoughts and ideas posted on the blog in a report to the CCC and distributed via email to the College-wide Social Science voting faculty. Please remember that these blog posts are public and will become part of the CCC record.
We encourage you to participate in this process and to express your opinion to the College Curriculum Committee prior to their vote on November 12, 2014. The blog will be open until September 18, but any additional thoughts, sent after this date, can be shared with Karen Borglum, John Niss, Glenn Ricci, or Krissy Brissett. Should you have any questions about this blog or the review process, please contact your dean.