Governance & Delivery
At Conestoga, responsibility for General Education courses, their eligibility and their delivery as either elective courses or as specified courses delivered into programs rests with the Academic Chair responsible for the School of Liberal Studies. This Conestoga administrator is assisted and guided by the members of the General Education and Degree Breadth Standing Committee, who are also administrators representing each of the college’s academic schools and departments.
General Education at Ontario Colleges
The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities’ (MTCU) Binding Policy Directive: Framework for Programs of Instruction 2005 requires that colleges develop, incorporate and deliver General Education courses in Ontario College Diploma and in Ontario College Advanced Diploma programs. General Education courses are also required for Ontario College Certificate programs that are designed as pathways leading students into higher level academic credentials.
Conestoga’s General Education Policy is aligned with MTCU’s Binding Policy Directive: Framework for Programs of Instruction which outlines the role and rationale for the delivery of General Education courses at all Ontario Colleges:
The purpose of General Education in the Ontario college system is to contribute to the development of citizens who are conscious of the diversity, complexity and richness of the human experience; who are able to establish meaning through this consciousness; and, who, as a result, are able to contribute thoughtfully, creatively, and positively to the society in which they live and work. General Education curriculum is intended to strengthen students’ generic skills, such as critical analysis, problem solving, and communication, in the context of an exploration of topics with broad-based personal and / or societal importance. (MTCU)
General Education Course Delivery Methodology
At Conestoga, General Education courses are offered as fully in-class, hybrid (partially in-class and partially on-line) or fully online deliveries. Availability of General Education courses and their delivery methods are subject to change every academic term. Approximately one month prior to the beginning of an academic term, the School of Liberal Studies will post a list of General Education courses that are being offered. Students can log on to their student portal to access the list, view course descriptions and register in the courses of their choice.
Students are encouraged to register early to secure their spot the course.