Cape Fear Community College

General Education

Values Statement

CFCC's General Education courses provide to learners the opportunity to attain a diverse set of skills, knowledge, and attributes. General Education courses may enhance learners' existing skills or introduce learners to new disciplines and subject areas. Upon completing CFCC's General Education Core of two-year programs, learners will have had the opportunity to develop competency in the following areas: Critical Thinking, Communication--Written and Oral, Quantitative Skills, Scientific Concepts and Application, and Computer Skills. These areas of emphasis provide the academic foundation that learners need in order to succeed at the advanced levels of their academic and professional careers. Furthermore, these areas of emphasis reflect CFCC's commitment to building a "future-oriented workforce and a community of lifelong learners." Finally, the General Education Core aims to promote learners' appreciation for intellectual rigor, academic integrity, cultural diversity, and responsible citizenship.


North Carolina General Education Curriculum

All two-year degree programs at Cape Fear Community College (CFCC) comply with the program standards established by the North Carolina Community College System and include the appropriate number of general education core requirements: each degree program has a minimum of 15 credit hours in the general education core. The Associate in Applied Science and the Associate in General Education have the required 15 credit hours. The Associate in Arts and the Associate in Science programs have the minimum 44 credit hours while the Associate in Fine Arts programs have the required 28 credit hours. In the transfer programs, the core classes may be used as electives, but the electives may not be used as core requirements.

The general education subject areas may include some or all of the following: communications, humanities and fine arts, social and behavioral sciences, natural sciences--physical and biological, and mathematics. CFCC has identified the following as general education core competencies:

The General Education Committee meets at least once a year and is comprised of the Dean of Arts and Sciences; Arts & Sciences and Vocational/Technical instructors; a Basic Skills Representative ; the VP of Instruction; the VP of Institutional Effectiveness; the Humanities and Fine Arts Department Chair; the Math and Physical Education Department Chair; the Science Department Chair; the Social and Behavioral Sciences Department Chair; the English Department Chair; the Business Department Chair; the Distance Learning Department Chair; theLearning Lab Coordinator; the Director of Counseling;  the Director of Career and Testing; and the QEP Director. 

The purpose of CFCC's General Education Committee is to monitor and review the following: the mission of the committee, the general education core competencies, the methods of assessment, the list of courses being assessed, and the data resulting from the assessment instruments, thus creating a more unified process of evaluating student learning outcomes in the core general education curriculum.

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