Reinhardt University SACSCOC Compliance Certification
Table of Contents
|2.1||Degree Grant. Auth|
|2.3||Chief Exec Officer|
|Part 1||Signature Attesting Integrity|
|Part 2||Substantive Changes|
|Part 4||Inst. Summary Form|
|2.7.3 General Education
In each undergraduate degree program, the institution requires the successful completion of a general education component at the collegiate level that (1) is a substantial component of each undergraduate degree, (2) ensures breadth of knowledge, and (3) is based on a coherent rationale. For degree completion in associate programs, the component constitutes a minimum of 15 semester hours or the equivalent; for baccalaureate programs, a minimum of 30 semester hours or the equivalent. These credit hours are to be drawn from and include at least one course from each of the following areas: humanities/fine arts, social/behavioral sciences, and natural science/mathematics. The courses do not narrowly focus on those skills, techniques, and procedures specific to a particular occupation or profession. If an institution uses a unit other than semester credit hours, it provides an explanation for the equivalency. The institution also provides a justification if it allows for fewer than the required number of semester credit hours or its equivalent unit of general education courses. (General Education)
In each Reinhardt University undergraduate degree program, the General Education component (1) is a substantial component of each undergraduate degree, (2) ensures breadth of knowledge, and (3) is based on a coherent rationale.
A Substantial Component
The General Education core curriculum comprises a substantial component of a student’s degree requirements in each undergraduate program.
Students in associate degree programs must take 36-49 semester credit hours in general education courses, depending on the program. Students in traditional bachelor degree programs must take 48-50 semester credit hours of general education courses. Professional programs, including distance education programs, require 36 semester credit hours in the General Education curriculum. As shown in the table that follows, the General Education component is 58%-80% of a Reinhardt associate degree and 35%-40% of a Reinhardt bachelor degree.
Table 2.7.3-1 Degree Program General Educational Requirements 2016-2017
Breadth of Knowledge
All undergraduate programs—associate, traditional bachelor, and non-traditional degree-completion (distance education)—address a set of General Education Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) that are tied to the university’s mission “to educate the whole person by developing the intellectual, social, personal, vocational, spiritual and physical dimensions of its students.”  The curricula address these dimensions by requiring course work within the four domains of the General Education SLOs :
Domain I: Communication—Students will demonstrate
Domain II: Critical Thinking and Inquiry—Students will demonstrate
Domain III: Self, Society and Culture—Students will demonstrate
Domain IV: Values and Ethics—Students will demonstrate
Traditional degree programs
Traditional programs require courses from each domain, as shown by the advising grid.  These requirements ensure a breadth of knowledge in the 48-50 semester hours, including at least,
Beyond these 39 credit hours, students also have additional elective choices, allowing for personal development.
Some degree programs require a few specific general education courses. For example, the domain, “Knowledge of Self, Society, and Culture” includes courses in literature, history, religion, and social/behavioral science. Music majors  must choose MUS 321 – Music History I and MUS 322 – Music History II (6 semester credit hours), although they may add other history courses as general education electives. Education majors  must choose PSY 101 – Introduction to Psychology (3 semester credits) as part of this domain. Students in other majors may have more choices.
However, the way the general education curriculum is designed, a student can never take more than 18 credit hours in courses related to a single major; at least 30 semester credits must be drawn from course work outside of a single academic discipline.
For example, the music major might take a music course for “Arts Experience” (3 semester credits) and Music History I and II for history in “Knowledge of Self, Society, and Culture” (6 semester credits), but to complete the general education component, this student would still be required to complete 39-41 semester credit hours of courses other than music courses.
As a maximum scenario, an English major might take the required 6 semester credits in composition skills for “Communication,” then choose 3 semester credits in creative writing for “Arts Experience,” and potentially take up to 9 semester credits in literature (which could not be counted toward the major) for the domain “Knowledge of Self, Society, and Culture.” The total of 18 semester credits still leaves at least 30-32 semester credits in general education course work outside of writing and literature.
The design of the General Education Curriculum ensures a breadth of knowledge while allowing for individual choice and development.
Professional studies and distance education programs
Professional degree programs include the Associate of Science (A.S.) in Criminal Justice, the Associate of Science (A.S.) in Fire Management, and the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Organizational Management and Leadership.
Professional degree programs also include Reinhardt’s distance education programs: the Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.), Bachelor of Criminal Justice (B.C.J), and the Bachelor of Healthcare Administration (B.H.A.)
These programs, which serve a population of non-traditional aged students, have a general education curriculum of 36-credit hours including at least the following :
In addition to these 30 semester credits, students must choose an additional 6 semester credits in general education electives. These requirements ensure a breadth of knowledge in the general education curriculum in addition to the skills, techniques, and procedures specific to a particular occupation or profession that students learn in major course work.
Even though with the course distribution requirements discussed above, Reinhardt’s General Education component is based on student learning outcomes (SLOs). Students may achieve and advance SLOs through introductory and survey courses as well as upper level courses. Since upper level courses have prerequisites, a student often must begin with the broader introductory course before taking the upper level course. To this end, the list of acceptable general education options divides each SLO into courses without prerequisites and courses with prerequisites.  These courses do not narrowly focus on skills, techniques, and procedures specific to a particular occupation or profession. They are liberal arts courses that address knowledge of civilization.
Both traditional and professional undergraduate general education curricula include at least one course from each of the following areas: humanities/fine arts, social/behavioral sciences, and natural science/mathematics.
Table 2.7.3-2 - Traditional Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees – Core requirement: 48-50 semester credit hours
Two specialized associate degrees have more restricted core requirements
Table 2.7.3-4 Professional/Distance Education Degree Programs – 36 semester credit hours 
Programs for traditional students
Since 2004, the mission of the faculty General Education Committee has been to review, assess, and revise the general education curriculum. From 2004-2006, this committee developed the set of undergraduate General Education Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) that includes the current four domains.  Next, the General Education committee developed a curriculum of 48-50 credit hours based on the approved SLOs, a curriculum that the Faculty Senate approved in April 2009.  In 2013, further minor revisions, discussed and approved by the Faculty Senate, added some flexibility to the General Education Curriculum. 
The rationale for the General Education component states that because “Reinhardt’s mission is to educate the whole person, the goal of a Reinhardt education is not only to prepare students for successful careers, but also to support and encourage their spiritual, ethical and civic growth.” In addition, “one of the most important tenets of Reinhardt’s general education curriculum is choice. Students should be able to identify and follow their passions.”  As a result, to complete the general education curriculum, students may choose courses that build on the required courses in humanities and fine arts, social and behavioral sciences, and natural science and mathematics.
Distance education/ degree completion programs for non-traditional students
In 2002, the Faculty Senate approved the curriculum for a face-to-face degree completion program, the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Organizational Management and Leadership, with a general education curriculum of 36 semester credits discussed above.
Today, Reinhardt offers three additional professional degree completion programs as distance education programs: the Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.), the Bachelor of Criminal Justice (B.C.J.), and the Bachelor of Healthcare Administration (B.H.A.).
The mission for professional studies states that since Reinhardt University’s mission is “to educate the whole person,” its professional bachelor degree programs are designed to balance general education core requirements, major [professional] coursework, and electives “to provide students with a theoretical and practical educational foundation” that prepares students for vocational opportunities and/or intellectual advancement through graduate studies. 
In 2015-2016, the General Education Task Force, a subset of the General Education Committee, began reviewing and revising the general education curriculum and rationale for the professional studies, degree completion programs. The revision raises the number required general education semester credits from 36 to 42 to bring these degrees in line with the associate degree general education requirements at other regionally accredited institutions. This rationale was approved by the Faculty Senate in November 2016. 
General Education Course Equivalency and Transfer Credit
All transfer and distance education students must satisfy Reinhardt’s General Education requirements. They must provide official transcripts that are reviewed during the admissions process to determine course equivalencies. The Reinhardt University Undergraduate Academic Catalog 2016-2017 addresses the specific requirements for course equivalency.
For transfer credits,  a total of 40 semester hours (including 15 semester hours of alternative credit) may be applied toward a Reinhardt associate degree and a total of 80 semester hours (including 30 semester hours of alternative credit) may applied toward a Reinhardt bachelor degree. Students who have completed a two-year degree designated as transferable to a four-year degree (A.A. or A.S.) from a regionally accredited institution enter Reinhardt University with their General Education Curriculum fulfilled.
Transfer credits for general education requirements may include a limited number of alternate ways of earning credit  like the Advanced Placement Program Examination (AP), the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) subject tests, the Proficiency Examination Program (PEP) and the subject tests of the American College Testing Service (ACT).
All transfer and alternate credit is subject to the approval of the Registrar before it can be used to fulfill requirements in the General Education Curriculum. All forms of transfer credit are reported on a student’s transcript. 
At Reinhardt University, the importance of the General Education Curriculum is a focus of administration and faculty. In the associate and bachelor degree programs, the general education requirement (1) is a substantial component of each program, (2) ensures breadth of knowledge, and (3) is based on a coherent rationale. In addition, there are processes in place to ensure the integrity of transfer and alternative forms of credit.
 Associate of Science (A.S.) in Fire Management degree requirements, Reinhardt University Undergraduate Academic Catalog 2016-2017, pp. 189
 Natural Sciences course descriptions, Reinhardt University Undergraduate Academic Catalog 2016-2017,