General Education

GE Values and Program Learning Outcomes

All GE courses and substitutions include at least one GE Program Value and at least one GE Program Learning Outcome. 

This list includes the GE Values and Program Learning Outcomes for all GE courses at Chico State (updated in 2021-22).

GE Values

Intellectual Curiosity – Asking questions, seeking answers, contemplating, and pursuing investigations with intellectual rigor, while making connections between cognitive and personal development, both inside and outside traditional instructional settings.

Civic Engagement – Participating in activities of personal and public concern that are both individually enriching and beneficial to our various local, regional, national, and international communities.

Sustainability - Being an engaged member of society informed by a systems approach to balancing environmental responsibility, social justice, economic feasibility, and cultural diversity.

Diversity – Understanding the intersectionalities and complexities of differences among people, such as those based on race, ethnicity, ability, age, class, culture, gender identity and expression, political affiliation, regional and national origin, religion, and sexuality.

Creativity – Cultivating artistic expression, imaginative and divergent ideas, interdisciplinary connections, and a willingness to take intellectual risks, contextualizing innovation within the larger history of ideas.

Global Engagement – Using cultural knowledge and linguistics skills to understand and successfully engage with global cultures both professionally and personally and to contribute as responsible global citizens.

GE Program Learning Outcomes

Oral Communication – Demonstrates the ability to speak publicly in both formal and informal contexts in order to increase knowledge, foster understanding, or promote change in the listener’s attitudes, values, beliefs, or behaviors.

Written Communication – Demonstrates the ability to develop and communicate well-reasoned ideas effectively in a variety of written genres appropriate to purpose, audience, and context.

Critical Thinking – Demonstrates the ability to assess the relevance and strength of claims in written texts, visual media and other forms of discourse.

Quantitative Reasoning – Demonstrates knowledge of and applies mathematical or statistical methods to describe, analyze, and solve problems in context.

Information Literacy – Demonstrates the abilities to recognize when there is a need for information; to identify, locate, and evaluate information; and to effectively, responsibly, and ethically use and share information for the question at hand.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) are assessed on a regular basis, using validated instruments, rubrics, and benchmarks, so that all PLOs are assessed within a five-year period.

GE Minor Learning Outcomes

Created by GE Minor faculty who participated in a retreat on February 4-5, 2022.