New Mexico updated its model of general education to focus on the essential skills that are needed by today's college graduates to be successful as they pursue advanced degrees and/or careers. The state has adopted two models: one for applied associate degrees and a second for bachelors and all other associate degrees. Each model is outlined below.
*The 31 credit general education model does not apply to Applied Associates Degrees, please see the Applied Associates Degree General Education model above.
The defining characteristic of a New Mexico general education course is its focus on essential skills: communication, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking, information and digital literacy, and personal and social responsibility. Each of the General Education content areas are associated with three essential skills (see below). In addition, each essential skill is comprised of component skills (see below).
Essential Skills Associated with Content Area
Information and Digital Literacy
Personal and Social Responsibility
Communication - Address All of the Component Skills
Examine the relationship among environmental, socio-cultural, political, and economic systems as they interact with and affect the sustainability of the natural and human worlds.
Describe shared ethical responsibilities or moral norms among members of a group. Explain ethical issues or propose solutions based on ethical perspectives or theories.
Demonstrate effective and ethical collaboration in support of meeting identified group goals. (Accountability is implied with “ethical.”)
Courses certified under the previous General Education model are considered approved under the new model until May 2021.
Institutions have until May 2021 to recertify courses that were approved to be part of the previous General Education model. Courses that are not recertified by May 2021 will be removed from the General Education Curriculum. Lists of courses approved to be part of the current and previous General Education models can be found to the right.
To add a course to the statewide general education curriculum, complete and submit an application using the Academic Affairs Service Application (see link to the right). The application includes three 400 word narratives that address how the course integrates the essential skills (and component skills) associated with the course's content area (see above). The component skills and how many must be addressed for each essential skill are listed above.
Applications must be submitted on or before the submission deadline for the New Mexico Curriculum & Articulation Committee (NMCAC) meeting at which the institution would like the course considered.
Approved Courses - Previous Model
Approved Courses - Current Model (updated 11/16/2023)
Application Form (this form is provided for internal institutional use and will no longer be accepted by HED)
Apply Using the Academic Affairs Service Application
If you have questions about the New Mexico General Education Curriculum, please contact the Public Schools' Academic Affairs Division at firstname.lastname@example.org or 505-231-6754.
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