The Middle States Commission on Higher Education's Standards for Accreditation detail the following General Education criteria ("Criteria 5") as part of "Standard III - Design and Delivery of the Student Learning Experience":

An accredited institution possesses and demonstrates the following attributes or activities:

5. at institutions that offer undergraduate education, a general education program, free standing or integrated into academic disciplines, that:

a. offers a sufficient scope to draw students into new areas of intellectual experience, expanding their cultural and global awareness and cultural sensitivity, and preparing them to make well-reasoned judgments outside as well as within their academic field;

b. offers a curriculum designed so that students acquire and demonstrate essential skills including at least oral and written communication, scientific and quantitative reasoning, critical analysis and reasoning, technological competency, and information literacy. Consistent with mission, the general education program also includes the study of values, ethics, and diverse perspectives; and

c. in non-US institutions that do not include general education, provides evidence that students can demonstrate general education skills

Geneseo's campus-based General Education Areas correspond to following system General Education Outcomes and Middle States criteria.  

Geneseo General Education Area

SUNY General Education Outcomes

MSCHE Criteria 

Critical Writing/Reading

Basic Communication (written)

oral and written communication


Critical Thinking

critical analysis and reasoning

Mathematics

Mathematics

scientific and quantitative reasoning

Natural Science

Natural Science

scientific and quantitative reasoning

Social Science

Social Science

scientific and quantitative reasoning

the study of (...) diverse perspectives

Fine Arts

The Arts


Western Humanities

The Humanities

the study of values, ethics, and diverse perspectives,

critical analysis and reasoning


Western Civilization


U.S. Histories

U.S. History


Non-Western Traditions

Other World Civilizations

the study of (...) diverse perspectives

Foreign Language

Foreign Language

the study of (...) diverse perspectives

Oral Discourse

Basic Communication (oral)

oral and written communication

Basic Research

Information Management Outcomes 2 and 3

information literacy

Information Management

Information Management Outcome 1

technical competence, information literacy
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