General Education Learning Goals

General Education Requirements

The College offers a comprehensive list of General Education courses that meet statewide requirements. All degree-seeking students must successfully complete the necessary General Education courses as identified under their specific program of study.

Mission

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 cocurricular 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

 

Writing Policy

In acknowledgement of the effectiveness of writing as a method of learning and of the importance of writing in the academic and business world, Carroll Community College requires the inclusion of a writing component in all General Education courses. In addition, whenever possible faculty will incorporate writing into their other courses. Writing will be an integral part of these General Education courses. It will be used both as a means of learning and a means of evaluating learning. Students will complete various writing assignments appropriate to the particular discipline and the particular course objectives. Instructors will explain writing assignments and assist students with the writing process when appropriate. Students enrolled in these General Education courses will be held responsible for producing writing that is clear, concise, and correct. Students’ assignments and course grades may be affected by the quality of their writing.

 

Learning Outcomes Assessment

Carroll Community College is an innovative center of learning that focuses on the intellectual and personal development needs of the learner and promotes effective teaching. As part of our mission the college community is involved in an ongoing process to endeavor to help us improve the quality of learning and programs/services. In order to help us maintain a successful outcomes assessment process, students will routinely be asked to participate in departmental assessments as well as institution wide surveys and assessments.

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