General education is an essential part of all degrees and diplomas at Southeastern Community College. Each degree or diploma meets general education outcomes (competencies) at a level appropriate for that degree or diploma, either at college level, degree level, or transfer level.
All transfer degrees contain a minimum of 44 semester hours of courses designated as general education. This is in accord with the standards set by the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement between the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) and the University of North Carolina System, as well as between the NCCCS and the North Carolina Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in the Independent Comprehensive Articulation Agreement. All of the degrees agreed upon in these agreements that the college offers meet general education requirements at the transfer level. All general education competencies may be met through taking appropriate courses designated as general education transfer courses in the catalog or through appropriate alternative assessment.
All other degrees – associate in applied science, associate in fine arts, and associate in general education - contain a minimum of 15 semester hours of general education courses and meet the general education outcomes at the degree or transfer level. These degrees occasionally have program-specific courses in which specific general education competencies may be assessed (See program individual graduation plans for variations from transfer level assessment).All diplomas must contain a minimum of 6 semester hours of general education courses. However, these diplomas still meet the general education competencies at a college level. The assessment of many of the competencies takes place in program-specific courses.