General Education Assessment

Approved General Education Student Learning Outcomes by Alabama General Studies Commission Area

Written Communication (Area I):  Written Communication Competency

Students will demonstrate effective writing skills.

Student learning outcomes

  1. Students will apply correct linguistic conventions (including grammar, diction, punctuation, and spelling.
  2. Students will apply appropriate conventions associated with genres of communication.
  3. Students will respond effectively to the rhetorical situation (audience, purpose, argument, and form).
  4. Students will perform research necessary to satisfy information needed.

Humanities and Fine Arts (Area II):  Aesthetic and Critical Interpretations Competency

Students will demonstrate a foundational knowledge of artistic and literary interpretations, and the student will demonstrate a proficiency in basic interpretative skills.

Student learning outcomes

  1. Students will relate creative or analytical works to their genre or their cultural, logical, social, or historical contexts.

Humanities and Fine Arts (Area II):  Oral Communications Competency

Students will demonstrate effective oral presentation skills.

Student learning outcomes

  1. Students will deliver messages with attention to audience, vocal variety, articulation, and nonverbal signals.
  2. Students will appropriately deliver ideas with a compelling central message, clear organization (introduction, body, and conclusion), and appropriate supporting evidence.

Natural Sciences and Mathematics (Area III):  Scientific Reasoning Competency 

Students will demonstrate proficiency in scientific reasoning and foundational knowledge of the natural sciences.

Student learning outcomes

  1. Students will explore issues in the natural sciences and collect relevant data.
  2. Students will analyze data based on natural phenomena that result in informed conclusions/judgments.

Natural Sciences and Mathematics (Area III):  Quantitative Reasoning Competency

Students will demonstrate proficiency with quantitative reasoning and use of mathematics and statistics.

Student learning outcomes

  1. Students will demonstrate mathematical literacy through interpretation of mathematical forms and performing calculations.

History, Social, and Behavioral Sciences (Area IV):  Historical Interpretations Competency

Students will demonstrate a foundational knowledge of historical perspectives.

Student learning outcomes

  1. Students will read critically and evaluate primary and secondary sources concerning historical issues and problems.
  2. Students will organize and synthesize evidence to reveal an understanding of the complexity of human experience across time and/or space.

History, Social, and Behavioral Sciences (Area IV):  Social Scientific Literacy Competency

Students will demonstrate a foundational knowledge of the social sciences.

Student learning outcomes

  1. Students will evaluate a claim using social scientific knowledge.