Student competencies in general intellectual skills are introduced and assessed in general education courses; however, curriculum major courses also teach these skills embedded in program specific content. It is the reinforcement of these competencies across disciplines and in program specific courses that advance qualified students. Therefore, RCC will assess the extent to which students have obtained these competencies and use the analysis of results to actively seek improvements (SACSCOC standard 8.2.b). The General Education Student Learning Outcomes (GESLO) are defined as follows:
Written Communication Students will be able to communicate effectively following the conventions of standard written English in areas such as mechanics, organization, language, and support.
Critical Thinking Students will be able to use cognitive skills necessary in application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation to solve problems in academic and real world situations.
Quantitative Reasoning Students will be able to use mathematical skills necessary for calculation, analysis and problem solving.
Upon completion of associate’s degrees and diplomas, graduates will have had the opportunity to develop competency in written communication, critical thinking and quantitative reasoning. These areas provide the academic foundation required to succeed in their academic and professional careers.