New Mexico General Education Curriculum

General Education Models

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. 

Fixed 12
At least 12 credit hours of courses from four of the following six content areas:
Communications
Mathematics
Science
Social and Behavioral Science
Humanities
Creative and Fine Arts
Flexible 3
Three credits from the content areas listed above or "other" content areas that the institution deems appropriate. Courses that are part of the "other" area must be certified as meeting the essential skills chosen by the higher education institution offering the course.
Fixed 22
At least 22 credit hours of courses in the following six content areas:
Communications (6 credits)
Mathematics (3 credits)
Science (4 credits)
Social and Behavioral Science (3 credits)
Humanities (3 credits)
Creative and Fine Arts (3 credits)
Flexible 9
Nine credits from the content areas listed above or other content areas that the institution deems appropriate. Courses that are part of the "other" area must be certified as meeting the essential skills chosen by the higher education institution offering the course.

*The 31 credit general education model does not apply to Applied Associates Degrees, please see the Applied Associates Degree General Education model above.

Essential Skills

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). 

Content Area

Essential Skills Associated with Content Area

Communication

Communication

Critical Thinking

Information and Digital Literacy

Mathematics

Communication

Critical Thinking

Quantitative Reasoning

Science

Critical Thinking

Personal and Social Responsibility

Quantitative Reasoning

Social and Behavioral Science

Communication

Critical Thinking

Personal and Social Responsibility

Humanities

Critical Thinking

Information and Digital Literacy

Personal and Social Responsibility

Creative and Fine Arts

Communication

Critical Thinking

Personal and Social Responsibility

 

Communication - Address All of the Component Skills

Genre and Medium Awareness, Application, and VersatilityIdentify and communicate in various genres and mediums (oral, written, and digital) using strategies appropriate for the rhetorical situations (i.e., attending to audience, purpose, and context).
Strategies for Understanding and Evaluating MessagesApply strategies such as reading for main points; seeking key arguments, counterarguments, rebuttals; locating supportive documentation for arguments; reading with a specific stakeholder lens; applying a theoretical lens (e.g. cultural, political, economic) to understand and evaluate messages in terms of the rhetorical situation (audience, purpose, and context).
Evaluation and Production of ArgumentsEvaluate the authority of sources in their own arguments and those of others; distinguish among supported claims, unsupported claims, facts, inferences, and opinions. In arguments, integrate support for their own claims with information from sources that are used and cited ethically and appropriately (using a major citation system such as MLA and APA).

 

Quantitative Reasoning - Address All of the Component Skills 
Communication/Representation of Quantitative InformationExpress quantitative information symbolically, graphically, and in written or oral language.
Analysis of Quantitative ArgumentsInterpret, analyze and critique information or a line of reasoning presented by others.
Application of Quantitative ModelsApply appropriate quantitative models to real world or other contextual problems.

 

Critical Thinking - Address All of the Component Skills
Problem SettingDelineate a problem or question. Students state problem/question appropriate to the context.
Evidence AcquisitionIdentify and gather the information/data necessary to address the problem or question.
Evidence EvaluationEvaluate evidence/data for credibility (e.g. bias, reliability, and validity), probable truth, and relevance to a situation.
Reasoning/ConclusionDevelop conclusions, solutions, and outcomes that reflect an informed, well-reasoned evaluation.

 

Personal and Social Responsibility - Address 2 of the 5 Component Skills
Intercultural reasoning and intercultural competence 
Sustainability and the natural and human worlds 
Ethical Reasoning 
Collaboration skills, teamwork and value systems 
Civic discourse, civic knowledge and engagement – local and global 

 

Information and Digital Literacy - Address 3 of the 4 Component Skills 
Authority and Value of InformationRecognize the interdependent nature of the authority and value of information and use this knowledge ethically when selecting, using, and creating information.
Digital LiteracyUnderstand, communicate, compute, create, and design in digital environments.
Information StructuresSelect, use, produce, organize, and share information employing appropriate information formats, collections, systems, and applications.
Research as InquiryEngage in an iterative process of inquiry that defines a problem or poses a question and through research generates a reasonable solution or answer. 

Approved General Education Courses

Courses certified under the previous General Education model are considered approved under the new model until December 2020.

Institutions have until December 2020 to recertify courses that were approved to be part of the previous General Education model. Courses that are not recertified by Fall 2020 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.

Adding Courses to the New Mexico General Education Curriculum

To add a course to the statewide general education curriculum, complete and submit an application using the HED Survey Monkey platform. 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 7/18/19)

Application Form (this form is provided for internal institutional use and will no longer be accepted by HED)

Apply 

How to use Survey Monkey

NMCAC Dates

If you have questions about the New Mexico General Education Curriculum, please contact the Public Schools' Academic Affairs Division at articulation.transf@state.nm.us or 505-231-6754.

CONTACT US: If you require additional guidance on how to direct your question or are not able to locate the information you are looking for on the New Mexico Higher Education Department's website, please email HigherEd.Info@state.nm.us.