Academic Operational Policies


 General Education


 AOP 233

Issued by:

 Vice-President Academic

Date Issued:

 December 10, 2014




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Course Outlines – AOP 204

Evaluation of Student Performance – AOP 224

Post-Secondary Admissions, Registration and Graduation – AOP 225

Framework for Programs of Instruction (MCU)

GNED Transfer Credit Assessment Rubric


April 2018

General Education

1. Introduction and Purpose

The Ministry of Colleges and Universities’ Binding Policy Directive: Framework for Programs of Instruction, requires all Ontario College Diploma and Advanced Diploma programs to include discrete general education courses in their program of study.  

2. Application

This policy applies to all Ontario College Diploma and Advanced Diploma programs. 

3. Policy Statement

The purpose of general education courses is to broaden a student’s sense of self and the world in which they live. 

General education courses must fit into one (1) of five (5) themes:  

  • Arts in Society 
  • Civic Life 
  • Social and Cultural Understanding 
  • Personal Understanding 
  • Science and Technology 

General education courses must not meet any vocational outcomes in a specific program, have any pre-requisites or co-requisites tied to them, or constitute training in essential employability or other skills. 

Students must successfully complete three general education courses. In all cases, students have the opportunity to exercise choice amongst general education electives. 

General education courses will be facilitated through the General Education Department. 

General education course shall be offered both in class and online. Both in class and online options will include an independent study component and a module to be completed on the learning management system (LMS). 

New general education courses will be reviewed by the General Education Committee, which will be comprised of a member of the Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning, dean or chair, the General Education Coordinator, two (2) faculty members with demonstrated expertise in curriculum design, and one (1) student success mentor. 

General education courses will be reviewed on a five year cycle by the General Education Committee 

4. References