Academic Centered Education


Academic Centered Education


Consistent with the mission and values of the University, ACE is based on a shared set of four institutional objectives and 10 student learning outcomes. The ACE program was approved by faculty in all eight undergraduate colleges and endorsed by the Faculty Senate, the student government and the Academic Planning Committee in January 2008 for implementation in the fall 2009. ACE aligns with current national initiatives in general education.

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Key characteristics of ACE

• Students receive a broad education with exposure to multiple disciplines, critical life skills and important reasoning, inquiry, and civic capacities.
• ACE is simple and transparent for students, faculty and advisers. Students complete the equivalent of 3 credit hours for each of the ten student learning outcomes.
• Students connect and integrate their ACE experiences with their selected major.
• Students can transfer all ACE certified courses across colleges within the institution to meet the ACE requirement and any course from outside the institution that is directly equivalent to a UNL ACE-certified course. Courses from outside institutions without direct equivalents may be considered with appropriate documents for ACE credit (see academic adviser).
• ACE allows faculty to assess and improve their effectiveness and facilitate students' learning.

ACE Structural Criteria

Graduates of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will satisfy the requirements of their majors, their colleges, and the ACE Program.
1. ACE courses are credit-bearing curricular offerings or equivalent documented co-curricular experiences.
2. The ACE Program will consist of the equivalent of 3 credit hours for each of the ten ACE Student Learning Outcomes.
3. Any ACE course approved to satisfy an ACE Student learning Outcome satisfies that Student Learning Outcome in all UNL undergraduate colleges.
4. Up to three ACE Student Learning Outcomes 4-10 may be satisfied by work in one subject area.
5. ACE Student Learning Outcomes must be satisfied by work in at least three subject areas.
6. No ACE course may satisfy more than one ACE Student Learning Outcome in a student's program.
7. If an ACE course addressed two ACE Student Learning Outcomes, the student decides which one of the two Outcomes the course will satisfy in that student's program.
8. Every ACE course will reinforce at least one of the following as appropriate for the discipline and as identified by the department offering the course: Writing, Oral Communication, Visual Literacy, Historical Perspectives, Mathematics and Statistics, Critical Thinking, Teamwork, Problem Solving, Ethics, Civics, Social Responsibility, Global Awareness, or Human Diversity.


ACE Courses Built Into Degree Programs

Agricultural Engineering
ACE 1 - JGEN 200 Technical Communications I
ACE 2 - Oral Communication Elective
ACE 3 - Math 106 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (or other MATH courses)
ACE 4 - CHEM 109 General Chemistry I (or other BIOS, CHEM or PHYS courses)
ACE 10 - AGEN 480 Design II in Agricultural and Biological Systems Engineering

Biological Systems Engineering
ACE 1 - JGEN 200 Technical Communications I
ACE 2 - Oral Communication Elective
ACE 3 - Math 106 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (or other MATH courses)
ACE 4 - BIOS 102 Cell Structure and Function (or other BIOS, CHEM or PHYS courses)
ACE 10 - BSEN 480 Design II in Agricultural and Biological Systems Engineering

Mechanized Systems Management
ACE 1 - Written Communication Elective
ACE 2 - Professional Communication Elective
ACE 3 - STAT 218 Intro to Statistics or ECON 215 Statistics
ACE 4 - MSYM 109 Physical Principles in Agriculture
ACE 6 - AECN 141 Intro to Economics of Agriculture or ECON 212 Principles of Microeconomics
ACE 8 - ECON 211 Principles of Macroeconomics
ACE 10 - MSYM 462 Equipment Systems

Credit for Military Veterans

ACE 8 or ACE 9 credit for Veterans (Information)

ACE 8 or ACE 9 credit (Form)