General Education

Ohio Transfer 36 (OT 36) and Transfer Assurance Guide (TAG) Courses 

OT 36 and TAG courses completed at Rhodes State College are guaranteed by the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) to transfer among the 14 four-year public universities and the 23 two-year public community and technical colleges in Ohio.  OT36 courses apply to an institution’s general education curriculum in specific academic areas (e.g., English composition/oral communication; mathematics, statistics, and logic; arts and humanities; social and behavioral sciences; and natural sciences).  TAG courses apply to a specific academic degree or program area.

The following list enumerates College-designated Ohio Transfer 36 General (OT 36) Education and Transfer Assurance Guide (TAG) courses and their discipline groupings. Please consult your advisor for possible additions to this list.

English Composition and Oral Communication
COM 1110English Composition3
COM 1140Technical Writing3
COM 1160Business Communications 13
COM 1200Writing in the Sciences3
COM 2110Public Speaking 13
COM 2213Verbal Judo3
COM 2400Composition and Literature3
Arts and Humanities
HST 1011Western Civilization I 13
HST 1012Western Civilization II 13
HST 1610American History to 1877 13
HST 1620American History Since 1877 13
HST 2300Technology and Civilization3
LIT 2210Introduction to Literature3
LIT 2215Native American Literature3
LIT 2260Fantasy Literature3
LIT 2227Literature of Graphic Novels3
LIT 2228African-American Literature3
LIT 2241World Literature I3
LIT 2242World Literature II3
LIT 2250The American Short Story3
LIT 2301British Literature I3
LIT 2310Literature and the Holocaust3
LIT 2450Themes in Literature and Film3
MUS 1010Music Appreciation I3
THR 1010Introduction to Theatre3
Mathematics, Statistics, and Logic
MTH 1151Quantitative Reasoning3
MTH 1190Finite Mathematics/Business3
MTH 1260Statistics3
MTH 1370College Algebra4
MTH 1430Trigonometry3
MTH 1611Business Calculus5
MTH 1711Calculus I5
MTH 1721Calculus II5
MTH 2660Calculus III 14
MTH 2670Differential Equations 14
MTH 2680Elementary Linear Algebra 14
Social and Behavioral Sciences
HST 2510History of Latin America3
PSY 1010General Psychology 13
PSY 1730Abnormal Psychology 13
PSY 2150Lifespan Psychology 13
PSY 2200Social Psychology 13
PSY 2301Educational Psychology 13
SOC 1010Sociology 13
SOC 1200Death and Dying3
SOC 1210Family Sociology 13
SOC 1320American Cultural Diversity 13
SOC 2211World Religions: History, Belief, and Practice3
SOC 2300Social Problems 13
POL 1010Introduction to Political Science 13
Natural Sciences
BIO 1000Basic Human Structure and Function3
BIO 1110Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO 1120Anatomy and Physiology II4
BIO 1210Biology I 14
BIO 1220Biology II 14
BIO 1400Microbiology4
BIO 2121Introduction to Human Genetics4
CHM 1110Introductory General Chemistry4
CHM 1120Introductory Organic and Biochemistry4
PHY 1120Physics I 14
PHY 1130Physics II 14

Meets both OT 36 and TAG requirements.

The following list enumerates College-designated Transfer Assurance Guide (TAG) courses and their discipline groupings. Please consult your advisor for possible additions to this list.

American Sign Language
ASL 1010American Sign Language I4
ASL 1020American Sign Language II3
ANT 2411Cultural Anthropology3
ACC 1010Corporate Accounting Principles4
ACC 1020Managerial Accounting Principles4
BUS 2100Business Law3
ECN 1410Macro Economics3
ECN 1430Micro Economics3
MGT 1010Principles of Management3
MKT 1010Principles of Marketing3
Criminal Justice
COR 2600Correctional Supervision4
LAW 1130Introduction to Criminal Justice3
LAW 1210Criminology3
DTN 1000Basic Nutrition2
EDU 1000Introduction to Education3
EDU 1050Introductory Child Development3
EDU 2030Individuals with Exceptionalities3
EDU 2130Families, Communities and Schools3
Electronic Engineering Technology
EET 1110Circuit Analysis I3
EET 1120Circuit Analysis II3
EET 1130Electronics4
EET 1330Digital Circuits4
EET 2310Microcontroller Fundamentals4
EET 2911Programmable Logic Controllers3
GLG 1004Historical Geology4
Medical Terminology
BHS 1390Medical Terminology2
Mechanical Engineering Technology
MET 1000Engineering Graphics with AutoCAD3
MET 1020Material Science3
MET 1110Manufacturing Processes3
MET 1130Statics3
MET 2210Strength of Materials3
MET 2310Fluid Power3
MET 2440Computer Aided Design3
Social Work
HUM 1111Introduction to Social Work3
HUM 1212Social Welfare in the United States3
SPN 1010Beginning Spanish Language I3
SPN 1020Beginning Spanish Language II3
SPN 2010Intermediate Spanish I3
SPN 2020Intermediate Spanish II3

Technical Courses

Technical courses are identified as those that teach technical skills, technical proficiency, and the knowledge required for career competency. Generally, technical courses at Rhodes State are taught by technical faculty members and carry a technical prefix. For example, an IT faculty member teaching CPT 1120 Introduction to VB Programming.

Institutional Academic Assessment

(Institutional/General Learning Outcomes)

Rhodes State College fosters the professional and intellectual growth of students and faculty by offering contemporary curricula that are taught by a qualified faculty comprised of lifelong learners who provide a supportive environment intended to develop critical thinking, an appreciation of global diversity, and the capacity for life-long learning. Rhodes State College has implemented an assessment process for measuring student academic achievement; this assessment process is used to identify opportunities for:

  1. improving teaching and learning
  2. aiding student retention
  3. verifying the job preparedness of graduates

It is our belief that we add value and enhance the personal growth of our students, which is essential to change lives, build futures, and improve communities through education. Therefore, Rhodes State College has chosen six Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILO) to be assessed at the course, program, and academic institutional level. The six ILOs are:

  1. Civic, Professional, and Ethical Responsibility
  2. Global and Diversity Awareness
  3. Critical Thinking
  4. Effective Communication
  5. Quantitative and Scientific Reasoning
  6. Technological Proficiency

The ILOs reflect the unique general education student learning outcomes the college community believes all Rhodes State College graduates will and should possess at the time of graduation.  Every course in a program's curriculum contributes the students' acquisition of one or more ILOs.  The College expects students to demonstrate growth in these six areas and will document the extent of that growth. Our ability to affect growth is realized only through a systematic and on-going process of collecting, sharing, and interpreting data in a cooperative effort.

Assessment of Institutional Learning Outcomes

Assessment of the Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILO) at Rhodes State College is a collaborative effort across each program/department of the College.  Individual ILOs are assessed at multiple points in time across specific courses within each program, degree, or certificate's curriculum pathway.  All six ILOs are assessed in program Capstone courses.

Rhodes State College has instituted two courses to assist with communication and measurement of assessment activities targeting the six Institutional Learning Outcomes.

  • First-Year Experience Course

New students are required to take the one-credit hour course, SDE 1010 First Year Experience. This is a general college requirement taken as a part of all programs or as a prerequisite to program admission. This course is required for graduation. Delivered in both online and traditional in-class formats, the course contains helpful instruction about study skills, time management, Rhodes State policies and procedures, and assessment protocols. Detailed information about the e-portfolio and capstone course requirements is provided in the assessment discussions. Students will have a clear understanding of assessment activities as they complete the requirements for this course.

  • Capstone Course

Students petitioning to graduate must successfully pass a capstone course before graduating from Rhodes State College. Completed near the end of the student’s educational program, the course is a culminating experience that works to display an integration of program technical skills with the ILOs.  Capstone courses include written, oral, and hands-on components that allow students to demonstrate mastery level competence among all six ILOs.  Courses are designated with a graduation cap symbol.

Developmental Education

The “open door” policy at Rhodes State College provides access to students with a wide range of academic preparation, but to prevent its becoming a “revolving door,” a comprehensive and effective developmental program is necessary. Developmental Education is intended to bridge the gap between the performance abilities of some entering students and the minimal performance standards generally expected of students pursuing college-level work, and ultimately of college graduates entering the workplace.

Developmental Education encompasses remedial work in areas where the student’s mastery is insufficient, but it is not limited to that role. In addition, Developmental Education also describes course work designed to provide a broadening foundation of knowledge, learning skills and behaviors essential to the successful progression through higher education and into the workforce. This multi-focal basis of Developmental Education requires a college-wide philosophy of Developmental Education and the articulation of its various goals.


  • Developmental Education must efficiently, but thoroughly, prepare students for additional college experiences.
  • Developmental Education must strive to avoid creating educational dependency, recognizing that the role of education is to enable increased empowerment and independent functioning, a vital characteristic of any professional career path.
  • Developmental Education must challenge students, but should simultaneously seek to produce increased self-confidence and improved attitudes towards learning in them.
  • Developmental Education must focus selectively on providing those discreet pieces of competence explicitly required for success in future courses, which were not attained in previous educational experiences.
  • Developmental Education must facilitate frequent one-to-one interaction between students with varied problems and the course instructor; therefore dictating reasonable class sizes (typically smaller allocations than for corresponding freshman-level courses).
  • Developmental Education is not limited to discipline-specific instruction, but should also concern itself with building and enhancing broader core skills and abilities, such as critical thinking and problem solving, which apply in many disciplines and contexts.