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General Education Philosophy

Roane State Community College fully supports the Tennessee Board of Regents Lower Division General Education Core framework developed in November 2002. The philosophy of General Education outlined in the preamble to the document states that:

The purpose of the Tennessee Board of Regents general education core is to ensure that college students have the broad knowledge and skills to become life-long learners in a global community that will continue to change. Because courses in general education should emphasize breadth, they should not be reduced in design to the skills, techniques, or procedures associated with a specific occupation or profession. As a fundamental element of the baccalaureate degree, essential for a full completion of all majors and minors, the general education core is included in the lower division courses, but universities may add general education courses at the upper division as well.

General Education provides critical thinking skills for analysis to continue to seek truths, to discover answers to questions, and to solve problems. Specifically, educated people practice and are literate in the various methods of communication. They recognize their place in the history, culture, and diverse heritages of Tennessee, the United States, and the world. They appreciate the web of commonality of all humans in a multicultural world and are prepared for the responsibilities of an engaged citizenship. They recognize the ethical demands of our common lives. They demonstrate the skills and knowledge of the social and behavioral sciences to analyze their contemporary world. They are familiar with the scientific and mathematical view of the world.

Finally, Tennessee’s general education core provides for its citizens the means to make a better living. It also, perhaps above all, enables its citizens to make a better life.

The TBR General Education Core outlines goals and learning outcomes for six general education categories, including communication, humanities/fine arts, social/behavioral sciences, history, natural sciences, and mathematics. Roane State’s General Education core curriculum integrates these competencies into the courses for which they are appropriate.

RSCC General Education Mission

As part of Roane State’s overall Teaching and Learning mission, it is the goal of all academic divisions to provide learning experiences, built on general education competencies, which ultimately support the Strategic Plan of the college. Across the curriculum the fundamental competencies of critical thinking skills and communication skills are addressed at the course level, forming the foundation for the overall educational mission of the college.

Critical Thinking Skills

As productive members of a democracy, our students must accept the responsibility of making important decisions. Critical thinking skills promote responsible action in one’s personal and professional life. Critical thinking requires the ability to identify problems, research and evaluate alternative solutions, and implement decisions. An ability to solve problems and use math and contemporary technology is crucial for success in the professional world and for evaluating matters of national and global importance.

Communication Skills

The ability to communicate well in a competitive and technological world is crucial to the success of our students. In business, academic and personal settings, the emphasis on teamwork requires that individuals use listening, reading, writing, speaking, and computer skills to solve problems effectively. For communities to improve their social, economic, and physical environments, citizens must be able to express their ideas, evaluate opposing viewpoints, and debate possible courses of action. The Roane State curriculum emphasizes all of these communication skills.

The General Education mission and philosophy outlined here applies to students who are in either University Transfer Programs or Career Education Programs.

For University Transfer Students (Associate of Science Degree and Associate of Arts Degree)

For students seeking the A.S. and A.A. degrees, the general education university parallel core curriculum intends to stimulate students to acquire general knowledge in various academic disciplines, to gain the ability to effectively express themselves orally and in writing, and to prepare for advanced educational work through the acquisition of effective research, problem solving, and critical thinking skills.

RSCC provides a learning environment which enables students to develop the following: familiarity with current research and problem solving methods, a desire and ability for self-directed learning and effective expression, a capacity to synthesize knowledge from many sources, and an ability to critically examine new ideas and ways of thinking. For further information, refer to the University Transfer Program section in the catalog.

For Career Education Students (Associate of Applied Science Degree)

For students seeking the A.A.S. degree, the career education curriculum includes a general education core leading students to the achievement of a basic understanding of the humanities, arts, and social and natural sciences; the achievement of basic skill competencies in oral and written expressions; and an understanding of vocation as a part of the changing world culture and learning as a lifelong endeavor. For further information, refer to the Career Preparation Program section in the catalog.

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