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LEAP Initiative

LEAP Initiative and the General Education Program

The CSUSM General Education Program is governed by (1) the CSUSM Mission Statement, (2) Title 5, California Code of Regulations, Section 40405, General Education-Breadth Requirements; (3) CSU Executive Order No. 1100, General Education-Breadth Requirements; and the constitutional framework of the California State University Systemwide Administration and the California State University San Marcos. 

In February 2015, the CSU Chancellor's Office released Executive Order 1100 to establish a common understanding of the minimum requirements for CSU General Education Breadth and to provide for the certification of coursework completed by transfer students at regionally accredited institutions. Reciprocity among the CSU campuses for full and subject-area completion of lower-division General Education Breadth Requirements is also addressed in this executive order.

A prior Executive Order (EO 1065, Article 3) established that "Each CSU campus shall define its GE student learning outcomes to fit within the framework of the four "Essential Learning Outcomes" drawn from the Liberal Education and American Promise (LEAP) campaign, an initiative of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)." All learning on CSU San Marcos is aligned with these goals.

LEAP Goals for General Education:

Knowledge of Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World

  • Through study in the sciences and mathematics, social sciences,
    humanities, histories, languages, and the arts

Intellectual and Practical Skills, Including

  • Inquiry and analysis
  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Written and oral communication
  • Quantitative literacy
  • Information literacy
  • Teamwork and problem solving

Personal and Social Responsibility, Including

  • Civic knowledge and engagement—local and global
  • Intercultural knowledge and competence
  • Ethical reasoning and action
  • Foundations and skills for lifelong learning

Integrative and Applied Learning, Including

  • Synthesis and advanced accomplishment across general and
    specialized studies