General Education Core Course Options
House Bill 7135 (Chapter 2012-195, Laws of Florida) amended Section 1007.25, Florida Statutes, mandating the appointment of faculty committees to establish general education core course options under the new 30-hour general education requirement. These faculty committees identified a maximum of five postsecondary courses in each of the general education subject areas of communication, mathematics, social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences that comprise the general education core. To complete the general education core, students must complete at least one identified course from each of the general education subject areas.
The general education core course options were adopted in State Board of Education Rule 6A-14.0303, F.A.C. and Board of Governors Regulation 8.005. The remaining hours to complete the general education requirement are at the discretion of the institution. First-time in college students entering a Florida College System institution or state university in 2015-2016 or thereafter must meet these new general education requirements.
The General Education Steering Committee is made up of five members each from the Florida College System and State University System, and was appointed by each of these Chancellors. The Steering Committee directs the work of the faculty committees and the entire general education project.