General Education Competencies & Outcomes

College-level Competencies and Student Learning Outcomes in General Education

SACSCOC Core Requirement 8.1

The institution identifies, evaluates, and publishes goals and outcomes for student achievement appropriate to the institution’s mission, the nature of the students it serves, and the kinds of programs offered.  The institution uses multiple measures to document student success.

SACSCOC Comprehensive Standard 8.2

The institution identifies expected outcomes, assesses the extent to which it achieves these outcomes, and provides evidence of seeking improvement based on analysis of the results in…student learning outcomes for collegiate-level general education competencies of its undergraduate degree programs…. 

Area 1: Social Sciences
College-Level Competency: Evaluate societal and ethical issues, problems, and values
Discipline-Level Student Learning Outcomes
  • SS-1 - Identify theories, hypotheses and research methodologies that behavioral scientists use to explain, investigate and predict behaviors and social trends
  • SS-2 - Use appropriate social and behavioral science investigation techniques to analyze contemporary social issues
  • SS-3 - Identify and investigate interdisciplinary courses in the social and behavioral sciences, such as, history, criminal justice, economics, etc. and establish how these courses are inter-related from a global perspective
  • SS-4 - Create and utilize current technologies in developing oral and written presentations on topics relevant to subject matter under the auspices of social and behavioral sciences
  • SS-5 - Identify fundamental modalities used to promote understanding of differences and commonalities within diverse cultures

 

Area 2: Natural Sciences
College-Level Competency: Explore the nature of science
Discipline-Level Student Learning Outcomes
  • NS-1 – Recognize appropriate scientific terminology
  • NS-2 – Apply scientific principles or concepts
  • NS-3 – Solve real-world problems using scientific knowledge 

 

Area 3: Mathematics
College-Level Competency: Demonstrate basic mathematical skills and knowledge
Discipline-Level Student Learning Outcomes
  • M-1 – Solve mathematical problems using arithmetic, algebraic, or geometric skills
  • M-2 – Translate basic mathematical information verbally, numerically, graphically, or symbolically
  • M-3 – Solve mathematical problems using appropriate technology
  • M-4 – Interpret mathematical models such as formulas, graphs, tables, or schematics
  • M-5 – Solve Contextual problems using mathematical processes 

 

Area 4: Communication
College-Level Competency: Comprehend and articulate effectively in English: reading, writing, oral communication
Discipline-Level Student Learning Outcomes
  • C-1 – Communicate effectively in various rhetorical modes
  • C-2 – Evaluate ideas using critical thinking
  • C-3 – Demonstrate appropriate documentation techniques through various assignments
  • C-4 – Analyze human experiences through reading and writing
  • C-5 – Demonstrate the effective use of the conventions of Standard American English
 
Area 5: Humanities
College-Level Competency: Interpret, evaluate, and appreciate works of human culture
Discipline-Level Student Learning Outcomes
  • H-1 – Compare works of the humanities (art, philosophy, architecture, literature, film, and/or music) in various cultures or literary movements
  • H-2 – Analyze artistic expressions (art, philosophy, architecture, literature, film, and/or music)
  • H-3 – Communicate informed responses to works of the humanities (art, philosophy, architecture, literature, film, and/or music)
  • H-4 – Explain thematic connections among works of the humanities (art, philosophy, architecture, literature, film, and/or music)