General Education Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

The associate degree programs at RCC provide a coherent, shared experience for students to develop the general education core competencies expected of them as college-educated individuals. General education, as an integrated and cohesive whole, provides the educational foundation necessary to promote intellectual and personal development. Upon completion of the associate degree, RCC graduates will demonstrate competency in student learning outcomes (SLOs) in

Civic Engagement is the ability to contribute to the civic life and well-being of local, national, and global communities as both as social responsibility and a life-long learning process. Degree graduates will demonstrate the knowledge and civic values necessary to become informed and contributing participants in a democratic society.
a. Define civic engagement and discuss basic principles regarding democracy and citizenship in local, state, and national communities;
b. Identify a problem or conflict of civic importance in their campus, local, or regional community; and
c. Complete a written proposal for action on the issue, targeting the relevant campus or community leader(s).

Critical Thinking is the ability to use information, ideas and arguments from relevant perspectives to make sense of complex issues and solve problems. Degree graduates will locate, evaluate, interpret, and combine information to reach well-reasoned conclusions or solutions. SLOS are:
a. discriminate among degrees of credibility, accuracy, and reliability of inferences drawn from given data;
b. recognize parallels, assumptions, or presuppositions in any given source of information;
c. evaluate the strengths and relevance of arguments on a particular question or issue;
d. weigh evidence and decide if generalizations or conclusions based on the given data are warranted;
e. determine whether certain conclusions or consequences are supported by the information provided;
f. use problem solving skills.

Professional Readiness is the ability to work well with others and display situationally and culturally appropriate demeanor and behavior. Degree graduates will demonstrate skills important for successful transition into the workplace and pursuit of further education.
a. demonstrate the ability to maintain open, effective, and professional communications;
b. demonstrate appropriate workplace and classroom demeanor and behavior;
c. work effectively with others on a task in a group or a team to achieve a common goal while maintaining constructive interpersonal relationships;
d. compare and contrast creative and critical thinking skills as they relate to problem solving in the workplace.

Quantitative Literacy is the ability to perform accurate calculations, interpret quantitative information, apply and analyze relevant numerical data, and use results to support conclusions. Degree graduates will calculate, interpret, and use numerical and quantitative information in a variety of settings. SLOs are:
a. use logical and mathematical reasoning within the context of various disciplines;
b. interpret and use mathematical formulas;
c. interpret mathematical models such as graphs, tables, and schematics and draw inferences from them;
d. use graphical, symbolic, and numerical methods to analyze, organize, and interpret data;
e. estimate and consider answers to mathematical problems in order to determine reasonableness;
f. represent mathematical information numerically, symbolically, and visually, using graphs and charts.

Scientific Literacy is the ability to apply the scientific method and related concepts and principles to make informed decisions and engage with issues related to the natural, physical, and social world. Degree graduates will recognize and know how to us the scientific method, and to evaluate empirical information. SLOS are:
a. generate an empirically evidenced and logical argument;
b. distinguish a scientific argument from a non-scientific argument;
c. reason by deduction, induction, and analogy;
d. distinguish between causal and correlational relationships;
e. recognize methods of inquiry that lead to scientific knowledge.

Written Communication is the ability to develop, convey, and exchange ideas in writing, as appropriate to a given context and audience. Degree graduates will express themselves effectively in a variety of written forms. SLOs are:
a. understand and interpret complex materials;
b. assimilate, organize, develop, and present an idea formally and
c. use standard English; and
d. recognize the role of culture in communication.

Last modified on 05-22-2020