General Education Assessments

Austin Community College has six general education competencies: the skills, attitudes and behaviors that characterize the educated person. The competencies are taught in many different courses across the Core Curriculum, reflecting relationships across programs and between classes. As such, they help to shape the experiences of nearly every student.

The six competencies are:

Communication Skills
 Develop, interpret, and express ideas and information through written, oral and visual communication that is adapted to purpose, structure, audience, and medium.

Critical Thinking Skills
 Gather, analyze, synthesize, evaluate and apply information for the purposes of innovation, inquiry, and creative thinking.

Empirical and Quantitative Skills
 Apply mathematical, logical and scientific principles and methods through the manipulation and analysis of numerical data or observable facts resulting in informed conclusions.

Personal Responsibility
 Identify and apply ethical principles and practices to decision-making by connecting choices, actions and consequences

Social Responsibility (Civic and Cultural Awareness)
 Analyze differences and commonalities among peoples, ideas, aesthetic traditions, and cultural practices to include intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities.

Teamwork
 Consider different points of view to work collaboratively and effectively in pursuit of a shared purpose or goal.

Meaningful assessment of these general education competencies serves to promote continuous improvement and helps guide faculty and staff in pursuing strategies to help students to succeed. Moreover, there is an expectation that the assessment data will be used to develop action plans, which will, in turn, be evaluated to determine their impact.

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has guidelines for the Core Curriculum that require that courses in certain component areas address particular competencies. These expectations are included in the accompanying chart. Checked boxes are those in which every course in a given component area must address that competency. Additional competencies may, of course, be taught beyond those required by the state.

General Education Competencies

Checked boxes are those in which every course in a given component area must address that competency.   Additional competencies may, of course, be taught beyond those required by the state.

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