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For 2017 Self Assessment Report, please click here (in Turkish)


For 2016 Self Assessment Report, please click here (in Turkish)


For Academic Council Decisions, please click here (in Turkish)


Academic Procedures









The 8 Competencies of the Core Program

Competency 1: Demonstrate written and oral communication skills

  • Understand and communicate effectively with others in a variety of contexts and using a variety of  formats, including writing, speaking, reading, listening and interpersonal skills.
  • Organize thoughts and communicate them to others effectively.
  • Value the ideas of others and make significant contributions to them. 

Competency 2: Demonstrate the ability to think critically

  • Be self-motivated in seeking information.
  • Interpret, analyze, and evaluate verbal or quantitative evidence.
  • Draw conclusions based on information.
  • Apply scientific mindfulness (skepticism) when receiving information.
  • Construct well-supported, clearly articulated, and sustained arguments.
  • Question previously acquired knowledge.

Competency 3: Demonstrate analytical reasoning skills

  • Use analytical techniques to solve every day quantitative problems.
  • Identify the type of data needed to solve problems. 
  • Understand cause-effect relationships, and the methods that confirm their existence.

Competency 4: Integrate knowledge

  • Understand appropriate uses of a variety of methods of inquiry.
  • Articulate how the knowledge learned in general education is relevant to the college career and beyond.
  • Relate newly acquired specific knowledge to knowledge acquired elsewhere.
  • Evaluate own strengths and weaknesses as a learner and become a self-regulated learner.
  • Develop an agenda for intellectual growth. 

Competency 5: Demonstrate ethical reasoning skills

  • Remember the value of human rights in everyday life.
  • Interact with others based on an understanding of the fallacies of self-justification, self-deception, unfair practices, and violating the rights of the others.
  • Discuss, from multiple points of view, ethical issues and dilemmas such as fairness, obligations, personal integrity, justice, welfare of the others, and liberty.
  • Distinguish the ethical from the non-ethical, and the ethical from pseudo-ethical.

Competency 6: Demonstrate creativity

  • Generate new and innovative ideas.
  • Design new methods and solutions to existing problems/situations.
  • Demonstrate the ability to express feelings, beliefs, and thoughts in a variety of artistic forms.       

Competency 7: Demonstrate free inquiry

  • Be motivated to seek information.
  • Demonstrate flexibility in the use of sources and/or methods to access information.
  • Interpret information in new ways in collaboration with peers, or through interaction with a text.

Competency 8: Develop empirical reasoning abilities

  • Interpret quantitative or symbolic information such as graphs, tables, units of measurement, scales, and distributions. Use the experimental method appropriately.
  • Generate, collect, and interpret data.
  • Demostrate ability to test a hypothesis and justify an idea using scientific methods.