To satisfy the University General Education (UGE) requirements, the College of Technology and Aviation require students to complete 18 hours of approved UGE courses with a minimum of 6 hours at the 300 level or above. Originally, the College specified the number of hours in social sciences/humanities, natural sciences, and unrestricted electives. However, with the college location in Salina, students did not have the selection of courses available in Manhattan. After monitoring the program for two years, in January 2000, the college approved a change in the college's UGE requirements. Currently in the College of Technology and Aviation all 18 hours are unrestricted electives from UGE approved courses. Students still must have a minimum of 6 hours at the 300 level or above and can not take any UGE courses in their own discipline.
In the College of Technology and Aviation in Salina, students have over twenty courses from which to select their UGE courses. Enrollment in these courses has not been a problem for students seeking Associate degrees. Students can select courses in communications, business, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. The College also offers a UGE in electronics for non-electronics majors. However, the number of Bachelor degrees awarded has been increasing in the past four years. And although our current UGE course offerings is adequate for the two-year programs, the increase in Bachelor degrees has created a need for more UGE courses at the 300 level and above. Currently the college offers only five UGE courses at the 300 level or above. These courses are offered every semester with multiple sections. However, this does not give our students an opportunity to have a wide selection of courses.
The assessment of the UGE program in Salina will continue. Faculty are committed to improving the options for students for UGE courses at the 300 level or above. The Aviation Faculty are currently developing a 300 level course for non-aviation majors in meteorology. Other faculty are considering other upper division UGE courses to add to the college's offerings. The College of Technology and Aviation will continue to assess the course offerings to meet the intent of the UGE program.