General Education Philosophy Statement
General education courses promote and advance essential knowledge, skills, and values students need to succeed in an interdependent, diverse, and changing world. Students are provided a foundation for lifelong learning by gaining a broad knowledge of science, math, communication, technology, human behavior, and society.
Western Dakota Tech faculty designed the general education courses to emphasize a breadth of understanding to help learners succeed in college, on the job, and in daily life. Courses stress high-level intellectual and practical skills, critical thinking, analytical reasoning, and a sense of ethical and social responsibility. General Education at Western Dakota Tech stimulates a learner’s ability to integrate and apply knowledge, skills, and values acquired in its courses to new settings and complex challenges.
General Education Outcomes (GEO) & Intentions of each GEO
A competent communicator can interact with others using appropriate forms of communication resulting in understanding and being understood.
Written Communication Competencies: The student will demonstrate the ability to adapt to a variety of audiences and rhetorical situations, organize content with effective transitions and effective introductions and conclusions; develop logical and concrete ideas with effective use of paragraph structure; use appropriate and precise word choice; and demonstrate editing techniques that result in few mechanical and usage errors.
Oral Communication Competencies: The student will demonstrate skill in idea development and verbal effectiveness by the use of language and the organization of ideas for a specific audience, setting and occasion to achieve a purpose; nonverbal effectiveness, assuring that the nonverbal message supports and is consistent with the verbal message and responsiveness, communication skills modified based on verbal and nonverbal feedback.
A competent critical thinker evaluates evidence and employs logical reasoning to decide what to believe and how to act.
Critical Thinking Competencies: The student will demonstrate the ability to recognize differences between correlation and causation; determine whether certain conclusions necessarily follow from information; understand and apply scientific
A person who is competent in processing information recognizes when information is needed and has the ability to locate, evaluate, and use it effectively (information literacy); possesses the skills and knowledge necessary to apply the use of logic, numbers, and mathematics to deal effectively with common problems and issues (quantitative reasoning); and, possesses the skills and knowledge necessary to use computers and associated technology for communicating, researching, organizing, storing, accessing, and presenting information (computer literacy).
Information Literacy Competencies: The student will demonstrate the ability to determine the nature and extent of the information needed; access needed information effectively and efficiently; evaluate information and its sources
Quantitative Literacy Competencies: The student will demonstrate the ability to explain information presented in mathematical forms (e.g. equations, graphs, diagrams, tables, words); ability to convert relevant information into various mathematical forms (e.g. equations, graphs, diagrams, tables, words); ability to correctly perform calculations; ability to make judgments and draw appropriate conclusions based on the quantitative analysis of data, while recognizing the limits of this analysis; ability to make and evaluate important assumptions in estimation, modeling and data analysis; and the ability to express quantitative evidence in support of the argument or purpose of the work.
Computer Literacy Competencies: The student will demonstrate the ability to use word processing software to create a document; use presentation software to enhance an oral presentation; use spreadsheet software to organize, manipulate, and present numeric data; use the Internet and e-mail to retrieve and communicate information; and develop strategies to address questions by searching and retrieving information available electronically.
Understand Behavior and Interactions
A person who is competent in understanding behavior and interactions demonstrates knowledge of what motivates, influences, and/or determines the behaviors and beliefs of individuals, groups, and one’s self.
Understand Behavior and Interactions Competencies: The student will demonstrate the ability to identify and understand differences and commonalities within diverse groups; understand the relationship of personal behavioral choices and interactions with other individuals and
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