General Education

The purpose of general education at IVCC is to enhance students' abilities to think and act responsibly as citizens in a changing world.

The IVCC faculty has agreed that the goals outlined below will enable us to achieve this purpose. They will serve as guides for general education and will be addressed through IVCC's curriculum. Students will encounter teaching strategies and find learning activities designed to attain these goals embedded in courses throughout the curriculum.

  1. To apply analytical and problem solving skills to personal, social and professional issues and situations.
    The purpose of this goal is to help students develop competence in their ability to differentiate between fact and opinion, to determine the accuracy and completeness of information, to be able to compare and contrast information and points of view, to apply logical reasoning skills, to make reasonable judgements, and to draw logical conclusions. Students should be able to apply these skills in both social and personal settings and use them to enhance their problem solving skills in the workplace.
  2. To communicate successfully, both orally and in writing, to a variety of audiences.
    The purpose of this goal is to help students communicate clearly, appropriately, effectively and creatively through both oral and written communication. These skills will be used throughout college, in the workplace, as well as in everyday life.
  3. To develop an awareness of the contributions made to civilization by the diverse cultures of the world, including those within our own society.
    This goal seeks to deepen students' knowledge and appreciation of both multiculturalism in America and the interdependence of the world community by examining various facets of the cultures of the world on the following levels: personal, philosophical, religious, social, economic, historical and political.
  4. To understand and use contemporary technology effectively and to understand its impact on the individual and society.
    The intent of this goal is to develop the ability of the students to access, understand and apply technology to their personal and professional lives, and to have an appreciation of the impact of technology on their communities.
  5. To work and study effectively both individually and in collaboration with others.
    The purpose of this goal is for students to engage in activities that will assist them in developing skills to learn, understand, apply and evaluate knowledge for personal and intellectual growth and to interact effectively with others.
  6. To understand what it means to act ethically and responsibly as an individual in one's career and as a member of society.
    The purpose of this goal is to assist students in developing an understanding of the tools necessary to develop and evaluate a personal code of ethics and then to apply those tools within the context of one's own personal and professional life. The faculty at IVCC aim to share a set of values with our students that will inspire them to develop a "moral compass" that will guide them in reaching ethical decisions in their personal, professional and spiritual lives.*
  7. To develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle physically, mentally and spiritually.
    The purpose of this goal is to contribute to students' understanding of the importance of choosing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle and the options available to them.
  8. To appreciate the ongoing value of learning, self-improvement and career planning.
    Academic experiences meet this goal when students are able to apply new and existing knowledge to exhibit a long-term perspective regarding achievement. Experiences that promote lifelong learning may not come from one discipline but are an integration of disciplines that promote a holistic environment for continued learning.

In order for this goal to be accomplished, one must understand the difference between "values," "morals" and "ethics." "Values" are a set of enduring beliefs or attitudes about the worth of a person, object, idea or action. They are used to guide one in making decisions. Most students come to us with a set of values already in place. "Ethics" is most often defined as a systematic study of values and the principles of conduct. "Morality" is defined as the actual practice of virtue, or principles of right or wrong conduct in one's life.

General Education Requirements

In addition to integrating the teaching and learning of the goals outlined above, IVCC has specific general education requirements in the following areas:

Global Appreciation - In order to graduate with an AA or AS degree, students must complete at least six semester hours from a list of courses approved for this requirement.

Health and Wellness - In order to earn a degree at IVCC, students must complete two semester hours from a list of courses approved for this requirement.