UGE Assessment

To meet University General Education guidelines, students in the College of Agriculture complete a minimum of 18 hours of approved UGE courses, one-third of those credits at the 300 level or higher. The College of Agriculture has placed an additional requirement on the selection of courses to provide breath in the UGE experience. Courses must be selected from at least four of the following areas: Economics, Social Sciences, Humanities, Communications, Quantitative sciences, Biological sciences, Physical sciences, Professional college courses (Architecture, Agriculture, Business, Education, Human Ecology, Engineering). Only one agriculture course can be used to meet UGE requirements. That course must be from outside the student's departmental major and it may only be used as a free or restricted elective in the curriculum. All courses must be taken for a letter grade. The requirements may be met with required courses in the curriculum (except agriculture courses) and/or with elective courses.

The curricula in the College of Agriculture include 15 majors with multiple options within several of these majors. Within all curricula, considerable emphasis is placed on course work outside the student's academic major irrespective of the UGE guidelines, and the curriculum approval process has long insured that programs of study provide breadth across disciplines. Within this framework, departments within the college may specify which of the eight areas their students can use to satisfy General Education requirements and select approved UGE course that also satisfy specific academic content needs where possible. Where students make choices of UGE courses, the College of Agriculture program is designed to take advantage of the strong tradition of excellence in advising to determine the specific general education courses that are best suited to each individual student.

In general, implementation of UGE has been successful in the College of Agriculture. To date, only a few students have graduated under UGE requirements, since most students who graduated in spring of 2001 had transfer course work prior to fall of 1997 thus were not required to meet UGE, and many who started college in fall 1997 will not graduate until fall 2001. A more thorough assessment of the distribution of courses selected across majors in the College will be possible after that time. Advisers are well aware of UGE requirements and the graduation check procedure at 85 credits is alerting students to deficiencies with sufficient time for them to add courses in most cases. Students who entered as freshmen and consult regularly with their adviser are progressing on track. The greatest challenge seems to be for transfer students in getting six hours of 300 level course.

Overall, an assessment of graduation checks has revealed only a couple graduating seniors who have not met UGE requirements, and these have primarily involved not having the six credits of 300 level courses. Our assessment from both students and advisers suggests that the number of 300 level courses, although limited, is not causing a major problem in meeting the six credit requirement, but students do not have very broad choices and are selecting courses from subject areas in which they have minimal interest.

The implementation of UGE has had a positive impact on both on course offerings and curricular development in the College. The College currently offers 15 courses that have UGE designation, with two others pending approval. Several curricula have been revised with attention given to incorporating appropriate UGE courses as requirements. The principles of UGE (active learning, experiential settings, connectedness) are also addressed in many agricultural courses, and more attention is now being given to these approaches as courses are revised and new courses are developed even though they will not likely be submitted for formal UGE approval.

The assessment of the College of Agriculture UGE program will continue with monitoring of graduation checks, departmental senior exit interviews, an analysis of the array of courses most commonly selected by agriculture majors, and active participation in the ongoing university-level assessment program of our UGE courses. Course development and curricular changes will continue to reflect the results of these evaluations. The College is committed to the intent and purposes of the UGE program, and will strive to provide the best UGE experience for our students.

General Education Transfer Student Policy

Students who transfer to Kansas State University from accredited two-year or four-year institutions are required to complete a minimum number of University General Education* credit hours at Kansas State University. The minimum number of University General Education credit hours is based upon total number of completed transfer credit hours accepted at K-State as shown below:

Number of Completed Transfer Credit Hours Accepted at K-State Minimum University General Education Credit to be taken at K-State
0-7 18
8-29 12
30-44 9
45 & above 6

Each transfer student is required to complete a minimum of six credit hours of K-State upper division University General Education courses (300 and above) as specified in the program in which they will graduate. Any student who has completed 8 or more transfer credit hours that are accepted at K-State is not required to meet the multiple category requirement described above.

Notes: Transfer courses taken for dual credit while in high school are considered to be transfer credit. Advanced Placement credits and credit-by-examination taken prior to initial K-State enrollment count toward transfer credit policy but are not eligible to meet specific general education course requirements.

*The Kansas Board of Regents defines basic skills courses separate from general education. Kansas State University defines basic skills as expository writing (6 hrs.), and public speaking (2 hrs.), and mathematics (college algebra or higher, 3 hrs.). K-State will award transfer credit for these courses.