Policies - Section Four: - General Education Learning Goals Across the Curriculum

  • General Education Learning Goals

    Policies - Section Four: - General Education Learning Goals Across the Curriculum


    The General Education Program at Carroll Community College introduces students to the fundamental knowledge, skills, and values essential to the further exploration of academic disciplines; encourages intellectual curiosity and the pursuit of life-long learning; and fosters personal and social responsibility in a diverse, complex, and changing world. 

    General Education Learning Goals

    The General Education Learning Goals should be interpreted within the context of the College’s Mission, Vision, and Values. As such, the Learning Goals encourage students to value diversity, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, religious or sexual preference; cultivate global awareness; and explore new ways of thinking and learning. 

    Carroll’s General Education Learning Goals are achieved through completion of the general education core course requirements combined with further coursework in programs and majors and in concert with engaging and innovative academic and co-curricular experiences. 

    In meeting the General Education Learning Goals, students will gain fundamental skills and core knowledge considered basic to all college-level work. 

    1.     Communication 

    Students will communicate effectively in writing and in speech, and interpret the written and oral expression of others. Toward attaining this goal, students will: 

    •      Assess and address a specific audience to accomplish a goal

    •      Craft an arguable thesis statement and support it with evidence

    •      Explore and respond to differing perspectives

    •      Use standard English in academic and professional settings

    2.     Critical Thinking                                                                                                                   

    Students will practice analytical and evaluative thinking with a view toward continuous improvement. Toward attaining this goal, students will: 

    •      Independently identify problems and pose questions

    •      Gather, read, evaluate, and integrate relevant information

    •      Explore alternative perspectives and their implications

    •      Draw well-reasoned conclusions

    3.     Quantitative and Scientific Reasoning

    Students will apply mathematical and scientific concepts and theories to identify and analyze problem solving situations. Toward attaining this goal, students will: 

    •      Apply models and methods to define, represent, and solve mathematical and scientific problems

    •      Make observations, identify problems, formulate questions and hypotheses

    •      Collect and interpret data in order to draw valid conclusions and identify logical relationships

    •      Distinguish scientific arguments from non-scientific arguments

    4.     Information & Technology Literacy                                                                            

    Students will research, create, and communicate information through appropriate technology or media. Toward attaining this goal, students will: 

    •      Select appropriate search methods for gathering information

    •      Evaluate the authority, reliability, accuracy, and currency of information sources

    •      Demonstrate an awareness of the ethical, legal, and cultural issues and responsibilities in the uses of information and technology

    •      Design, develop, and produce media that effectively communicate information and ideas

    5.     Creativity              

    Students will explore and appreciate the creative processes that shape the human experience. Toward attaining this goal, students will: 

    •      Appreciate creative expression as a reflection of culture and history

    •      Identify how creative processes lead to discovery and innovation

    •      Define and analyze stylistic nuances in artistic forms

    •      Examine a significant work of art or great idea and its cultural influence

    6.     Global Awareness

    Students will acknowledge and comprehend the beliefs, behaviors, and values of diverse populations within a global environment. Toward attaining this goal, students will: 

    •      Analyze and evaluate the significance of cultures and societies from a variety of perspectives

    •      Explain the impact of economic, political, and technological changes on diverse cultures

    •      Examine the interdependence of humanity 

    •      Appreciate the commonalities and the differences among world cultures

    7.     Personal Development and Social Responsibility

    Students will recognize and engage in personal and social behaviors responsible for the wellness of self and community. Toward attaining this goal, students will: 

    •      Develop a framework for ethical decision making and personal responsibility

    •      Examine how personal behaviors affect self and others

    •      Collaborate with others to achieve a common goal

    •      Participate in and reflect on personal learning experiences

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