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General Education Competencies

Program Assessment

General Education Competencies are skills deemed necessary by the faculty to demonstrate a quality college education.

Applied Ethics Competency

The Applied Ethics competency involves two major components: (1) understanding principles of normative and non-normative ethical theories and (2) applying these principles in decision-making activities including case studies and contemporary social issues. Moral character is explored in all its dimensions: virtues and vices, commitments and attitudes, personal relationships, and community involvement, in addition to right and wrong conduct.

Learning Outcomes

Students meeting this competency will be able to do the following:


  1. define the nature and scope of morality and ethics;

  2. examine the historical perspective on the development of morality and ethics;

  3. compare and contrast different theories of ethics;

  4. apply critical thinking skills in analyzing ethical systems and issues;

  5. evaluate contemporary issues using a variety of ethical perspectives; and

  6. examine through personal reflection one's own response to ethical issues.

Communication Competency

The communication competency will enhance students' written and oral communication skills. Students will examine and show competency through the use of different types of communication appropriate in professional and academic settings. Students will assess what communication is appropriate for certain audiences and ethical issues that arise from communicating with others. Students will be able to effectively communicate through oral and written communication methods.

Learning Outcomes

In writing, students meeting this competency will be able to do the following:


  1. demonstrate communication methods that are appropriate for different occasions, audiences, and purposes;

  2. apply the conventions of standard written English with proficiency;

  3. assemble scholarly information from electronic and non-electronic sources, including the library, for use in academic research projects;

  4. analyze information gathered from various sources;

  5. demonstrate ethical use of information in academic writing and research assignments; and

  6. compose written assignments using the specified style of documentation.

In oral communication, students meeting this competency will be able to do the following:


  1. apply oral communication skills to achieve a variety of purposes (to inform, to persuade, to present formal speeches);

  2. demonstrate competency in the use of technology and visual aids in presentations;

  3. demonstrate competency in verbal and non-verbal aspects of delivery;

  4. exhibit ethical use of credible information in oral presentations;

  5. employ a variety of strategies to organize and present information in order to adapt the message to a specific audience and occasion, and to achieve a desired purpose; and

  6. apply active listening skills.

In interpersonal communication, students meeting this competency will be able to do the following:


  1. apply the principles of effective interpersonal communications;

  2. demonstrate competency in the use of technology and visual aids in presentations;

  3. examine the influence of gender, culture, perception, behavior, and values on interpersonal communications;

  4. compare and contrast supportive and defensive communication methods; and

  5. employ a variety of strategies to organize and present information in order to adapt the message to a specific audience and occasion, and to achieve a desired purpose.

Information Technology Competency

Information Technology Competency is defined as the level of computer, electronics, and telecommunications literacy necessary to understand the purpose of information technology. Students will discover how information technology assists individuals and organizations to work more efficiently, and how information technology influences society. In addition to learning the technical fundamentals of computer use, students will build a skill and knowledge base in researching information, making appropriate ethical choices about the use of informational technology, and using technology to advance societal goals.

Learning Outcomes

Students meeting this competency will be able to do the following:


  1. describe the basics of information technology, from hardware and software to future devices, social web, and trends in the digital age;

  2. analyze ethical issues involving information technology;

  3. demonstrate the use of information technology as a problem solving and productivity tool; and

  4. utilize library and computer resources to locate reliable and relevant information for ethical use in research projects.

Critical Thinking Competency

Critical Thinking competency is defined as a set of skills and strategies for making reasonable decisions about what we do and believe. These skills and strategies include understanding the use of thought and language, recognizing the most common logical fallacies, and using the essential skills of deductive and inductive argument analysis and evaluation. Students must demonstrate practical applications of critical thinking in academic disciplines.

Learning Outcomes

Students meeting this competency will be able to do the following:


  1. define the concepts of critical thinking, logic, and argument;

  2. assess the function of clarity in arguments;

  3. compare and contrast the purposes of language in persuasive statements;

  4. evaluate different types of inductive and deductive arguments;

  5. distinguish fallacies from good arguments; and

  6. apply critical reasoning concepts in order to evaluate issues of contemporary importance.

Mathematical Competency

Mathematical competency enables students to efficiently process data and to learn new material in fields inside and outside of mathematics. Students will develop a knowledge base that allows logical reasoning and valid problem-solving techniques that can be applied in the student's personal and professional careers.

Learning Outcomes

Students meeting this competency will be able to do the following:


  1. demonstrate knowledge of algebraic concepts;

  2. demonstrate reasoning skills to analyze situations and draw valid conclusions;

  3. analyze mathematical data; and

  4. identify mathematical connections to other disciplines.