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General Education Competencies

General Education Competencies

Approved April 2015 (Access previous General Education Goals and Outcomes)

The General Education Competencies serve as the AA/AS degree outcomes.

Institutional Learning Goals

Institutional Learning Outcomes

General Education Competencies

College Wide Goals

College Wide Outcomes

Collegewide standards for the Assessment of Institutional Learning Outcomes

1) Critical Thinking

*Apply critical and creative reasoning, including diverse perspectives to address complex problems.

a) Recognize, define, & analyze a problem.
b) Examine issues by identifying and challenging assumptions and biases, including one’s own, and by distinguishing substantiated fact from opinion or misinformation.
c) Apply learned concepts and knowledge to make decisions relevant to problem solving.
d) Develop problem-solving strategies and evaluate their practical and/or ethical implications.
e) Draw logical, well-supported conclusions by testing them against relevant criteria and standards.
f) Adjust conclusions and viewpoints if new information becomes  available.

2) Ethical Reasoning

Identify, assess, and develop ethical arguments from a variety of perspectives,** and engage in the ethical use of technology and information

a) Evaluate moral and ethical judgments based on value systems.
b) Develop knowledge of past successes and failures recognizing the impact of individuals and societies at large.
c) Demonstrate the ethical and legal use of technology and information obtained from sources.

3) Quantitative Skills

Demonstrate mathematical and statistical knowledge through solving equations, interpreting graphs, and being able to work with other forms of numeric data.

a) Perform mathematical computations using appropriate methods to arrive at accurate results.
b) Analyze, interpret, and/or formulate inferences from data such as graphs, charts, tables, or other quantified data.

4) Scientific Literacy

Identify and apply the use of science/scientific methods to advance knowledge in contemporary society.

a) Demonstrate an understanding of the scientific methods of discovery, inquiry, analysis, and problem solving.
b) Interpret the fit between scientific hypotheses and available data.
c) Differentiate between scientific and non-scientific methods of inquiry.
d) Demonstrate an understanding of science as a way of examining the natural world.
e) Recognize the implications of scientific discovery for society.

5) Technological Competence

Utilize knowledge and skills to properly incorporate technology into one’s discipline.

a) Apply appropriate technologies and devices as tools for creating, researching, organizing, analyzing, and/or communicating information and ideas.
b) Locate, understand, synthesize, and evaluate digital information and data.
c) Demonstrate a comprehension of essential issues related to digital information security.

6) Communication Competence

Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in both written and unwritten forms.

a) Write clearly and effectively in language appropriate to the audience, technology, purpose, and context.
b) Speak clearly and effectively in language appropriate to the audience, technology, purpose, and context.
c) Develop and demonstrate effective processes for composing  texts.
d) Listen actively and demonstrate understanding of received information.
e) Demonstrate college-level reading comprehension.
f) Access, evaluate, analyze, and synthesize information from a variety of perspectives, using a variety of sources.

7) Cultural and Social Awareness

Recognize democratic values and civic/community responsibilities associated with a socially, politically, economically, and historically diverse world.

a) Identify historic, political, cultural, social, environmental, or economic factors that shape contemporary public issues.
b) Recognize the historic and contemporary contributions, perspectives, or identities of divers groups.
c) Demonstrate knowledge of democratic and civic values.
d) Recognize the impact of an issue at the local, national, and/or  global level.
e) Demonstrate an understanding of community and civic responsibility.

8) Professional and Life Skills

Recognize and/or demonstrate skills and activities that enhance professional values, teamwork, and cooperation.

a) Demonstrate skills needed to fulfill professional and academic standards of punctuality, professional image, self-discipline,  teamwork, leadership, responsibility, and personal accountability.
b) Evaluate the impact that choices make in supporting a personal and professional life of meaning and value.
c) Recognize or participate in the artistic, cultural, recreational, educational, and professional activities necessary for success in one’s career or academic discipline.

Previous General Education Goals & Outcomes

Learning Goals General Education Outcomes

Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking Rubric (.doc)

  • Recognizing, analyzing, and defining problems,
  • Drawing logical well-supported conclusions and testing them against relevant criteria and standards.
  • Examining issues by identifying and challenging assumptions (including one's own),
  • Developing alternative solutions or strategies and evaluating practical and ethical implications

Effective communication

Effective Communication Rubric (.docx)

  • Writing, speaking or communicating using language appropriate to the audience, technology, and purpose
  • Receiving information/listening actively with understanding,
  • Demonstrating college-level reading comprehension, and writing in Standard English

Civic & Community Responsibility

Community and Civic Responsibility Rubric (.doc)

  • Collaborating and interacting effectively with others, and identifying individual and group roles.
  • Recognizing social responsibilities, ethics, and individual rights in a democratic society
  • Recognizing social diversity, including contributions, traditions, cultures, lifestyles, and/or values of others.

Quantitative Literacy

Quantitative Literacy Rubric (.doc)

  • Performing mathematical computations, using appropriate methods to arrive at accurate results.
  • Analyzing, interpreting, and explaining the results of computations, including graphs, charts, tables, or statistical data.

Scientific & Technological Effectiveness

Scientific and Technological Effectiveness Rubric (.doc)

  • Differentiating between scientific and nonscientific methods of inquiry
  • Using scientific knowledge in the analysis of civic and environmental issues.
  • Integrating technology appropriate to one's vocation or discipline.
  • Other elements include recognizing the impact of science and technology on society and how scientific and technological principles are built and used in the modern world.

Information Literacy

Information Literacy Rubric (.doc)


  • Defining the information needed to accomplish a specific purpose
  • Accessing, analyzing, synthesizing, and incorporating selected information effectively.
  • Evaluating information critically and drawing from a variety of perspectives and sources.
  • The ethical and legal use of information.