General Education Outcomes Assessment
A student who completes at least 45 general education/transfer credits at Highland Community College should demonstrate the following competencies:
Oral and Written Communication: The ability to gather information appropriately, to make effective oral presentations, and to write with a clear purpose and a mastery of writing technique.
Computation, Quantitative Reasoning, and Data-driven Problem-Solving: The ability to understand and apply mathematical reasoning to interpret information, solve non-routine problems, and draw valid conclusions based on data.
Technology and Information Literacy: The ability to locate, identify, and evaluate information from a variety of sources and to use basic technological functions as required in a discipline-specific context.
Cultural Diversity: The ability to recognize and evaluate one’s own intercultural sensitivity, awareness and attitudes.
Critical Thinking: The ability to evaluate information, evidence, arguments, and theories and the contexts in which these are presented and to analyze different and competing perspectives.
Humanities: The ability to recognize and critique fine art and philosophical perspectives and to participate in the arts as a means of becoming more creative and of seeking life-long self-fulfillment.
Social Sciences: The ability to analyze and apply social science theory and research to describe, explain and predict human behavior, cultures, and interactions.
Natural and Physical Sciences: The ability to apply scientific methods, concepts, and theories to test hypotheses, conduct experimental procedures, and make conclusions supported by the results.
These outcomes are assessed through a variety of in-course measures which align individual course and program competencies to each general education learning outcome. Student learning is also assessed in some programs through external licensure and credentialing examinations.