Assessment and Planning

General Education Mission, Objectives and Outcomes


Truckee Meadows Community College strives to establish and implement a broad educational foundation that integrates a body of knowledge and skills with study of contemporary concerns that are essential to meeting individuals' social, personal and career goals.

They include diverse ways of knowing—that is, the factual content, the theories and methods, and the creative modes of a broad spectrum of disciplines and interdisciplinary fields—as well as emphasis on the basic skills of discovery, integration, application and communication.

The abilities people need to participate successfully in this complex and changing world are identified within the objectives of our General Education curriculum. These abilities emphasize our common membership in the human community; personal responsibility for intellectual, lifelong learning; and an awareness that we live in a diverse world.

General Education Mission Statement

General Education at TMCC provides a coherent curriculum that consists of a rigorous foundation of interrelated academic and applied experiences that introduce students to diverse ways of thinking and of understanding the world.

General Education Objectives and Outcomes

Communications: Includes the ability to listen, speak, and write competently so as to gain skills to interact effectively with others; and to read with comprehension.

  • Outcome 1: Students will interpret critically and engage actively in written, oral, and other forms of discourse for a variety of scholarly, creative, and professional purposes.

  • Outcome 2: Students will write clear and effective prose in several forms, using conventions appropriate to audience, purpose, and genre.

Critical Thinking: Includes the ability to grasp complexities, relationships, similarities and differences; to draw inferences and conclusions; to identify and troubleshoot problems; to collect and identify data to formulate and test solutions; and to identify how individual values and perceptions influence decision making.

  • Outcome 1: Students will evaluate ideas, estimate and predict outcomes based on underlying principles relative to a particular discipline, verify the reasonableness of conclusions, explore alternatives, and adapt ideas and methods to new situations.

  • Outcome 2: Students will distinguish between various kinds of evidence by identifying the elements of reliable sources and valid arguments; employ systematic methods to search for, collect, organize, and evaluate information; and formulate conclusions based on their own analysis of the information.

Information Literacy: Includes the ability to understand information technology; use applications as tools; and to evaluate the applicability and validity of information.

  • Outcome 1: Students will locate, evaluate, and apply information to appraise, criticize, illustrate, or outline information, processes, or positions.

  • Outcome 2: Students will use current information technology responsibly as a tool for creating, researching, organizing, problem solving, publishing, presenting, and/or communicating information and ideas.

Personal/Cultural Awareness: Includes the ability to develop a broad understanding of linguistic, political, social, environmental, religious, and economic systems; to attain skills to function effectively as responsible, ethical community members; and to learn to value, respect and critique the aesthetic and creative process.

  • Outcome 1: Students will demonstrate sensitivity to cultural difference by recognizing one's own biases and identifying the value of diversity within the human condition.

  • Outcome 2: Students will produce academic or artistic works that analyze, interpret, or reflect sensibilities toward cultural, societal, or individual identity.

Quantitative Reasoning: Includes the ability to use scientific reasoning skills including induction and deduction; to discern bias and subjectivity; to perform appropriate calculations; and to understand, evaluate, model and effectively use data.

  • Outcome 1: Students will apply appropriate computational strategies or graphical interpretation to solve application problems.

  • Outcome 2: Students will apply scientific reasoning to make predictions, solve problems, and test hypotheses or to evaluate the validity of mathematical or logical conclusions.