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Office of University Assessment
659 Ardelia Court
P.O. Box 70600, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
Tallahassee, FL 32307
General Education Assessment Committee
General Education Outcomes

General Education Outcomes:  In collaboration with faculty, the GEAC has identified the following college-level knowledge and competencies that are linked to FAMU’s mission and goals and Florida State accountability systems for the general education program.

1.    Communication – The ability to clearly understand and convey ideas, feelings, and attitudes in speech and in writing.

2.    Critical Thinking – The ability to understand, apply knowledge, analyze and solve problems, develop new knowledge, and think creatively.

3.    Social and Ethical Responsibility – The ability to adhere to a set of principles as defined by standards of academic integrity, diversity and cooperation.

4.    Quantitative Reasoning - The ability to apply numerical concepts to resolve real world problems. 

5.    Technology Literacy – The ability to use technology to support classroom learning.
1.    Communication: Students will be able to demonstrate competence in writing, reading and speaking.

1.    Write in a variety of modes (e.g., essays, reports, editorials, case studies and research)
2.    Transmit ideas and information which conform to conventional standards of written English
3.    Apply critical reading skills to a wide range of materials
4.    Critically evaluate other’s messages
5.    Compose spoken message suitable for audience
6.    Deliver a message or presentation suitable for a particular audience
7.    Use effective delivery techniques to reach an audience
2.    Critical Thinking: Students will be able to apply critical thinking to learning and real-world situations.

1.    Draw conclusions after weighing evidence, facts and ideas
2.    Clarify issues to resolve problems
3.    Assess unsupported claims using standards of credibility and expertise
4.    Utilize available information to evaluate the credibility of a source, formulate an opinion and defend it
5.    Apply logical operations
6.    Neutralize fallacious reasoning and rhetoric
7.    Distinguish between valid and invalid patterns of reasoning
8.    Analyze the logical structure of arguments
9.    Perform basic analytic tasks -- categorizing information, distinguishing between relevant and irrelevant data and predicting outcomes

3.    Social and Ethical Responsibility:  Students will be able to demonstrate personal responsibility and integrity in academic and personal situations, as well as demonstrate an appreciation for differences among people.

1.    Exhibit respect for people, ideas and points of view
2.    Know laws, regulations and institutional policies related to academic growth and development
3.    Demonstrate awareness of consequences of dishonesty
4.    Submit written work free of plagiarism
5.    Identify situations that could result in conflict
4.    Quantitative Reasoning: Students will be able to demonstrate competence in using quantitative information to solve real-world problems.

1.    Perform basic mathematical operations with or without a calculator
2.    Apply mathematical concepts
3.    Use statistical reasoning
4.    Solve real-world problems using accepted math processes
5.    Calculate fractions, percentages, decimals and proportions or ratios with or without a calculator
6.    Solve real-world problems involving functions that are constructed as models
7.    Interpret data accurately from tables, charts and graphs
8.    Draw logical conclusions when facts warrant
5.    Technology Literacy:  Students will be able to apply technology to achieve educational success.

1.    Use technology when appropriate to communicate with others
2.    Use technology to assess and retrieve information
3.    Use technology to manage (organize, analyze, present) information/data.
4.    Exhibit functional mastery of one computer operating system (Windows, DOS, UNIX, MAC, etc.)
5.    Use document preparation programs such as word- processors
General Education Assessment Committee – Updated Fall 2014