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.