General Education Mission, Goals and Abilities
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 all essential to meeting individuals' social, personal and career goals. The abilities people need to participate successfully in this complex and changing world are identified. 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.
The general education review introduced some new components to help governance groups in the approval, review and maintenance of the general education curriculum:
- A mission statement to uphold a coherent curriculum,
- A set of goals to achieve academic excellence,
- A set of abilities for students graduating with a degree from TMCC to meet and for TMCC to be accountable: These abilities form the basis for assessing general education at TMCC,
- Criteria to develop and approve curricula supporting general education,
- A set of knowledge areas to meet accreditation, state, degree and transfer requirements.
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 Goals
The goals of the general education curriculum are for students to:
- develop analytical thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills;
- develop life-long learning skills and the ability to independently construct their own knowledge base;
- utilize skills learned to make useful and informed life decisions;
- participate in a community of learners that supports a diverse and collaborative environment for intellectual inquiry;
- function successfully and effectively in a global society and workplace; and
- adapt to a rapidly evolving technological environment.
List of Abilities
Students who successfully complete general education requirements at Truckee Meadows Community College will demonstrate some or all of the following abilities:
- Analytical thinking skills
- Communication skills
- Collaborative skills
- Quantitative and scientific reasoning skills
- Global and cultural awareness skills
- Personal, social and civic responsibility skills
- Information literacy and research skills
- Artistic and aesthetic awareness skills
- Computer and Information Technology skills
Definitions of Abilities
The different abilities are defined as follows:
Analytical thinking skills: To develop skills and attitudes that enable one to grasp complexities in order to see relationships, similarities and differences among ideas; to analyze one's own ideas and thoughts, as well as the ideas and thoughts of others; to draw inferences and conclusions.
Communication skills: To read with comprehension; to listen, speak and write competently.
Collaborative skills: To develop skills and attitudes that enable one to interact effectively with others, whether one-on-one, in a small group, in an organization or with an audience.
Quantitative and scientific reasoning skills: To reason logically, using both induction and deduction; to discern bias, and subjectivity; to perform appropriate calculations; to recognize and weigh scientific evidence; to understand, evaluate, model and effectively utilize quantitative and qualitative data.
Global and cultural awareness skills: To develop a broad understanding of linguistic, political, social, environmental, religious and economic systems of the world; to increase students' understanding of the growing interdependence of nations and peoples and develop their ability to interact in multi/cross-cultural settings; to develop skills and attitudes that enable one to respect and appreciate diversity.
Personal, social, and civic responsibility skills: To develop skills and attitudes necessary to function effectively as responsible, ethical and contributing citizens of the community, state and nation.
Information literacy and research skills: To formulate relevant research questions; to find, analyze, and use information from field, print, and/or electronic sources; to evaluate the applicability of the data for a particular situation; to document properly and address questions concerning the responsible use of information.
Artistic and aesthetic awareness skills: To develop skills and acquire experiences that enable one to value, reflect upon, and appreciate the creative process and its manifestations including its role in the human experience.
Computer and Information Technology skills: To understand computer and information technology and how it relates to the individual, society, and the environment; to use computer applications responsibly as tools for creativity, researching, organizing, problem solving, publishing, presenting, and/or communicating information and ideas.