General Education Learning Outcomes

Thomas Edison State College graduates will be able to:

Intellectual and Practical Skills

  • Communication:
    Written: communicate their ideas effectively in writing using text, data and images as appropriate and in different genres and styles.
    Oral: communicate their ideas effectively orally using multiple modes of communication, as appropriate.
  • Information Literacy:
    Identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively and responsibly use and share information for the problem at hand.
  • Quantitative Reasoning/Literacy:
    Demonstrate competency, and comfort in working with numerical data, create complex and refined arguments supported by quantitative evidence, and clearly communicate those arguments in a variety of formats (using words, table, graphs, mathematical equations, etc.), as appropriate.
  • Technological Competency:
    Solve problems and perform tasks using appropriate technological tools.

Personal and Social Responsibility

  • Diversity/Global Literacy:
    Recognize that they are members of a world community and demonstrate intercultural knowledge, skills and attitudes that support effective and appropriate interaction in a variety of cultural contexts.
  • Ethical Leadership:
    Assess their own ethical values and the social context of a given situation, recognize ethical issues in a variety of settings, apply ethical principles to ethical dilemmas and consider the ramification of alternative actions.

Human cultures and the physical and natural world through study in areas including the sciences and mathematics, social sciences, humanities, histories, languages, and the arts

  • Problem Solving:
    Design, evaluate, and implement a strategy to answer questions or achieve a desired goal using a variety of discipline-specific methods.
  • Inquiry and Analysis:
    Use appropriate theories and methodologies to effectively explore issues, objects, or works through the analysis of the topic into its component parts and the collection and evaluation of evidence that results in informed conclusions or judgments.

Integrative and Applied Learning, including synthesis and advanced accomplishment across general and specialized studies.

  • Critical Thinking:
    Critically explore issues and ideas, frame events, consider evidence and analyze assumptions before accepting or formulating an opinion or conclusion.
  • Integrative Learning:
    Make connections among ideas and experiences and synthesize and transfer learning to new, complex situations.
  • Life Long Learning:
    Demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning.