GE across the CSU is regulated systemwide, and GE breadth areas and criteria are dictated by and described in CSU Executive Order 1100 (EO 1100). Further, specific learning outcomes and campus-specific policies pertaining to GE and other graduation requirements are established by CSUEB's Academic Senate and are described in the University Catalog. Staff or faculty advisors are not authorized to render decisions on whether courses meet the criteria and learning outcomes for any GE, Overlay, Code, and/or Writing course. See the GE breadth page for descriptions of the outcomes and criteria for these areas.
If you ever have any questions or concerns regarding GE, Second Composition, Overlay, and/or Code requirements/policies, please contact the Director of General Education (Caron Inouye) at firstname.lastname@example.org. The GE Director welcomes all opportunities to help you help our students and is happy to provide special workshops/presentations/Q & A sessions as needed.
If you want to request a petition/review for GE credit on behalf of a student, please follow the procedures detailed in the following section.
The following sections below describe what to do if a student wants to have
Because of the system-wide regulation of GE, all CSU's, UC's, and California community colleges (CCC) honor the GE certifications tagged to their courses. This also applies to Second Composition and Code certifications. For example, if a student transfers in a critical thinking course from a CCC that is designated as GE A3 and Second Comp, then the student has met both the A3 and Second Comp requirements at CSUEB (even though, at this point in time, none of CSUEB's A3 courses are certified to clear Second Comp).
Overlays (and UWSR courses) are local (CSUEB-specific) requirements and must be reviewed locally, and this holds for all outside courses, even if they have been tagged as meeting an overlay at the transferred instituion and even if they articulate with one of our own GE courses that carries an Overlay. For example, all CSU campuses have a Diversity requirement, but each campus has a unique set of learning outcomes and criteria, so that a campus' Diversity certification applies only to their own courses that meet these standards--a transferred course that is tagged as meeting the Diversity requirement at the transfer institution may not meet CSUEB's Diversity criteria and will need to be reviewed by the GE Director. Also, if a transferred course articulates with a CSUEB GE course, that course will carry the GE certification of our own course but NOT necessarily the Overlay certification. This will need to reviewed separately by the GE Director.
CSUEB uses the Transfer Equivalency System (TES) as its official database to manage, process, and record all equivalency reviews and articulation agreements with all other institutions of higher education (colleges, universities, programs; public and private; domestic and international). All international and domestic courses not listed for GE or Overlay credit in TES must be reviewed and approved through the Articulation Office and the Director of General Education.
All advisors should have a Staff TES Advisor account. Contact the Articulation Officer (Kyle Burch) at email@example.com to set up training to obtain TES access. Trainings take about 1 hour via Zoom. Further, you can email Kyle directly with any questions about TES and to request a TES process refresher.
Use the following resources/instructions for submitting requests through TES:
Students complete the Request for Study Abroad/NSE Course Approval for GE and email the form with accompanying documentation to the GE Office Manager. Students are instructed NOT to ask their academic advisors to determine which courses they should take at their selected study abroad institution. Academic advisors should ONLY help the student determine which GE requirements they have yet to complete and the types of courses that may potentially fulfill them. Students should be encouraged to do their own fact finding on what courses interest them and are good candidates for meeting GE requirements at CSUEB.
The Request for Study Abroad/NSE Course Approval for GE instructions and form are available here.
On behalf of their students, academic advisors may submit requests for special (one-time) exceptions, for example:
These requests must be emailed to GEpetitions@csueastbay.edu. Requests should include:
The Office of GE and Director of GE will review all cases that are submitted through GEpetitions@csueastbay.edu and will reply through that email with their decision. All approvals will be recorded in the student's DAR (i.e., comment recorded and DAR updated to reflect the change).
Requests for special (one-time) exceptions for non-GE graduation requirements should be directed to the Dean of APS, Maureen Scharberg, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Such requests include exceptions to unit limits, the UWSR, min. GPA, etc.