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The awarding of an Associate Degree represents more than an accumulation of units.  It symbolizes a thoughtful attempt on the part of Mendocino College to meet the Institutional Student Learning Outcomes (ISLOs) and to introduce students to patterns of learning experiences designed to develop specific capabilities and insights.

Mendocino College embraces the philosophy and criteria for General Education as articulated in Title 5 section 55061.  The College acknowledges that a general education is "designed to introduce students to the variety of means through which people comprehend the modern world," and that a general education "reflects the conviction of colleges that those who receive their degrees must possess in common certain basic principles, concepts and methodologies both unique to and shared by the various disciplines."

The Institutional Student Learning Outcomes for Mendocino College are based on the General Education requirements and support the idea that a general education should equip students with knowledge that they can use "when evaluating and appreciating the physical environment, the culture and the society in which they live."