Oct 19, 2021  
2021-2022 Academic Bulletin 
    
2021-2022 Academic Bulletin

Andrews Core Experience (ACE) Program


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Philosophy of the Andrews Core Experience Program

The rapid expansion of knowledge in a global community requires those who would be truly educated citizens to adopt a philosophy of lifelong learning. One must engage the mind in the study of many fields, from the fine arts and humanities to the empirical, quantitative, and social sciences. This broad encounter with the varied perspectives of the liberal arts tradition forms the domain of General Education.

Transmitting this foundational heritage—along with an appropriate level of knowledge and skills—is the essential purpose of the Andrews Core Experience at Andrews University.

The Andrews Core Experience (ACE) seeks to prepare graduates who possess the knowledge, ethical values, interests, abilities, communication competence, quantitative skills, and analytical thinking for both leadership and service, so that they may contribute effectively to their homes, work places, communities, and churches.

Anchored in key 100-level courses, the first-year ACE curriculum provides an introduction to academia and a balanced university life, further development of essential academic skills, and a sense of belonging to the Andrews University community.

Andrews Core Experience Learning Outcomes

The Andrews Core Experience addresses the following Andrews University Undergraduate Institutional Outcomes :

1. Demonstrate competence in intellectual, affective, and practical skills to prepare for careers in the twenty-first century, lifelong learning and service.

Skills for undergraduate students are: information literacy, quantitative literacy, engaging diverse perspectives, ethical reasoning, analytical inquiry in the form of problem solving and creative thinking, communication, wellness and transferable life skills.

2. Pursue enduring questions through study in core fields and explore the connections between those fields.

3. Articulate a biblical worldview in order to interpret life, learning, and civic responsibility from a Seventh-day Adventist perspective.

Honors General Education (SAGES)

The Andrews Honors Program offers a series of interdisciplinary courses which apply to the General Education requirement. See Scholars Alternative General Education Studies  (SAGES).

Andrews Core Experience (ACE) Program Requirements


Andrews Core Experience: Bachelor’s Degrees


The Andrews Core Experience requirements for all bachelor’s degrees are listed below. The table can also be viewed in a printable PDF format 

Learning Categories/ACE Core Experience Courses Credits Learning Outcomes/Descriptors
Foundations 18 Study of essential ways of living, thinking, and
communicating - typically taken in the first year
Wellness   Skill: Wellness (Outcome 1)
Mathematics  

Skill: Quantitative Literacy (Outcome 1)
Core Field (Outcome 2)

Communication   Skills: Communication (oral) (Outcome 1)
Communication (written) (Outcome 1)
Information Literacy (Outcome 1)
Faith Foundation   Affirm Faith (Outcome 3)
Faith 9 Study of God and God’s connection to the human experience through revelation
Breadth or depth
  • Additional 9 credits from RELB, RELG, RELP, or RELT
  Affirm Faith (Outcome 3)
Arts & Humanities 9 Study of human experience through analysis of human artifacts and participation in the arts
History   Skill: Engaging Diverse Perspectives (Outcome 1)
Core Field (Outcome 2)
Theory - One or two courses from:

Experience - If only one theory course, remaining credits from:

  Skills: Analytical Inquiry (creative thinking) (Outcome 1)
Engaging Diverse Perspectives (Outcome 1)
Core Fields (Outcome 2)
Scientific Inquiry 7 Study of natural world and social phenomena with the scientific method

Social Science - choose one course from:

  Skill: Engaging Diverse Perspectives (Outcome 1)
Core Field (Outcome 2)
Natural Sciences - choose one course from:   Skill: Analytical Inquiry (problem solving) (Outcome 1)
Core Field (Outcome 2)
Total Semester Credits 43  

Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate competence in intellectual, affective, and practical skills to prepare for careers in the twenty-first century, lifelong learning and service.
  2. Pursue enduring questions through study in core fields and explore the connections between those fields.
  3. Articulate a biblical worldview in order to interpret life, learning, and civic responsibility from a Seventh-day Adventist perspective.
  


Andrews Core Experience: AA/AS Degrees


The Andrews Core Experience requirements for Associate of Arts (AA) and Associate of Science (AS) degrees are listed below. The table can also be viewed in a printable PDF format .

Learning Category

Credits

Courses

Religion

 

6

Take the following: 

Writing/Communication

 

6

History

3

 
Arts & Humanities 3

 

Social Sciences

3  

Natural Sciences

4

Choose one course from Natural Sciences with lab

Mathematics

3

Wellness

3  

TOTAL Semester Hours

31

 
 


Andrews Core Experience: AT/AAS Degrees


The Andrews Core Experience requirements for Associate of Technology (AT) and Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees are listed below. The table can also be viewed in a printable PDF format .

Learning Category Credits Courses
Mathematics 0+
  • Placement at a minimum level of P2 (may require one or more courses of mathematics review)
Communication 6
Faith Foundation 3
Faith Elective 3
  • One course from Faith category
ACE Elective 3-4
  • One course from categories of Arts & Humanities (History, Theory, Experience) or Scientific Inquiry (Social Science, Natural Science)
Total 15-16+  

 

  

Multiculturalism/Diversity in the Andrews Core Experience Curriculum

The Andrews Core Experience Program at Andrews University includes an explicit emphasis on multiculturalism and diversity. This emphasis recognizes the historical development of various cultures and groups in the United States, the global nature and mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, and the diverse student body and faculty of the university with more than ninety countries from around the world represented on campus. The focus on multiculturalism and diversity includes specific emphasis in the following courses: COMM 104 - Communication Skills , ENGL 115 - College Writing I , RELT 100 - God and Human Life , and HIST 110 - Worldviews, Cultures and Gods .

Andrews Core Experience Mathematics

The Andrews Core Experience mathematics requirement consists of a skill requirement, which should be met first, and a reasoning requirement, which should be fulfilled no later than the second year of college.

The skill requirement, competence in arithmetic and high school algebra, is met by an official Mathematics Placement Exam (MPE) score of at least P2, which may be obtained through testing or by completing the skills course material in MATH 091  and MATH 092 .

The skill requirement (MPE score) by testing.
The MPE score provides information essential to planning the college career; thus, almost all students (see exceptions below) must obtain an official MPE score during the first semester of residence.  Students with ACT or SAT scores will have an official MPE score assigned, based on their performance on the math portion of the test. All incoming students, new and transfer (see exceptions below), should check their record for an MPE score. If they do not have a score or believe that the placement is inaccurate, then they can obtain an official MPE score by taking a proctored assessment. For details go to the department Web site at https://www.andrews.edu/cas/math/mathematicsplacement/

The skill requirement (MPE score) by skill course.
The skill course sequence, MATH 091  and MATH 092  Arithmetic and Algebra Review is offered for students with MPE scores of E0, E1, M0, M1, P0, P1. Students with these scores should usually enroll in MATH 091  Arithmetic and Algebra Review during their first semester. Many students should plan to enroll first in MATH 091  and then MATH 092  (for two successive semesters) to bring their skills up to the required level. Completion of the MATH 091 /MATH 092  sequence with a passing grade in both courses fulfills the skill requirement and awards a P2 score. An R grade in MATH 092  indicates that the student is making reasonable progress but needs to re-register for MATH 092  to complete the material. For more information on MATH 091 and 092, go to the Department of Mathematics Web site.

The reasoning requirement.
MATH 145  Mathematics in the (Mis)Information Age is the course which most non-science students will find appropriate for meeting the reasoning requirement. MATH 165 , MATH 166 , MATH 168 , MATH 191 , and MATH 195  also meet the reasoning requirement.

Transfer policy.
Courses transferred to meet the reasoning requirement must be broadly equivalent, both in content and level, to those offered at Andrews to meet the requirement. Andrews students who wish to take a course elsewhere to meet the reasoning requirement must first meet the skill requirement and must have the proposed course accepted by petition before enrolling in it. Courses titled Intermediate Algebra, Elementary Algebra, Basic Algebra, Pre-algebra, College Arithmetic, or Business Mathematics may prepare the student for the MPE but do not normally meet the reasoning or the skill requirement or apply toward graduation.

Exceptions

  1. Students who at admission transfer College Algebra, College Algebra with Trigonometry, Precalculus, Precalculus Algebra, Precalculus Trigonometry, Calculus, a Cambridge “A Level” pass in Mathematics, or an AP Calculus score of 4 or 5 fulfill both the mathematics reasoning and skill requirements.
  2. Some courses other than those listed in 1 above may be accepted for the reasoning requirement, provided they are presented at admission and the skill requirement is separately fulfilled. Current criteria will be applied case by case. Students wishing to have a course evaluated should email the Andrews University Department of Mathematics a link to the course description found on the Web site of the institution offering that course.
  3. Students enrolled in the Center for Intensive English Programs are not required to obtain an official MPE score until the first semester of enrollment in regular college-level courses.
 

Religion Transfer Policy

Tranferring with* Accredited Seventh-day Adventist Religion Courses Required
24 credits or fewer Four
25–56 credits Three
57–86 credits Two
87 or more credits One

* Transfer credits are determined on the basis of courses taken prior to attending Andrews University.

Michigan Transfer Agreement

The Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) is designed to ease the transition from a Community College to a Michigan baccalaureate institution. The MTA satisfies a portion, but not all of the Andrews Core Experience (ACE) Requirements for general education. Transfer students from sending institutions who are accepted into Andrews University and have satisfied the MTA will have their courses evaluated to determine how the transferring courses meet ACE Requirements (See Table below). The MTA does not satisfy major, minor, or cognate course requirements. Students are responsible for requesting official transcripts from the awarding institution.

Religion—4 courses

Not Satisfied

English—2 courses:

  • English Composition I: An introduction to written composition. A general freshman composition course.
  • English Composition II: An introduction to general research and/or critical writing from sources using documentation.

MTA satisfied

Communication—1 course, such as:

  • Public Speaking
  • Interpersonal Communications

MTA satisfied

History—1 course, such as:

  • Any introductory survey of world, US, or specific nation/country history course

MTA satisfied

Fine Arts/Humanities—2 courses, such as:

  • Art History or Appreciation
  • Music History or Appreciation
  • Literature History or Appreciation, 200-level or higher literature
  • Philosophy
  • Applied art (minimum of 3 credits)
  • Religious studies

MTA satisfied

Natural Science—1 course with lab:

  • Biology, Chemistry, or Physics

MTA satisfied

Mathematics—1 course:

  • College Algebra
  • College Algebra with Trigonometry
  • Pre-calculus
  • Pre-calculus Algebra
  • Pre-calculus Trigonometry
  • Calculus

MTA satisfied IF course is at College Algebra level or higher, including Mathematical Statistics.

Social Sciences—1 course, such as:

  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Anthropology
  • Geography
  • American Government
  • Political Science
  • Economics

MTA satisfied

PE/Wellness—1 course:

  • 1 course in concepts of health/wellness

Not satisfied