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Academic Senate

General Education Statement of Philosophy


Approved by Faculty Referendum - June 9, 1999

In recognition of that which we value for ourselves, our students, our institution and the community we serve, the faculty of De Anza College affirms that the primary purpose of our General Education Program is to prepare students to live in and contribute to a complex, ever changing, diverse, and multicultural world. Toward that end we are committed to providing students learning experiences meant to develop such abilities as to think critically, to communicate clearly and effectively--both orally and in writing--to use mathematics and technology practically, and to acquire good physical health. In addition, we will guide them in understanding the modes of inquiry of the major disciplines, and lead them through learning activities in the experience and appreciation of the creative arts, in understanding multicultural and diverse perspectives, and in achieving insights gained through experiences involving ethical and social issues. Throughout these learning experiences, we will guide students in their development of self-understanding and in the process of becoming life-long learners.

The General Education Program reflects our conviction that students must have knowledge about certain basic principles, concepts, and methodologies both unique to and shared by the various disciplines. The faculty intend that the General Education Program will provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to evaluate and appreciate the physical environment, the contributions of both men and women, their culture and other cultures, the society in which they live, and will help them connect various fields of knowledge in order to become active, vibrant participants in a diverse and global society.

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Academic Senate
Email: Mayra Cruz

Office Location: Adm 117
Phone: 408.864.8358

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Last Updated: 9/25/10