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General Education Philosophy

As productive members of a democracy, our students must accept the responsibility of making important decisions.  The General Education curriculum is designed to enable students to develop the skills needed to identify problems, research and evaluate alternative solutions, and implement decisions.  An ability to solve problems by using quantitative and qualitative reasoning and contemporary technologies is critical for success in the professional world and for evaluating matters of local, national, and global importance.  Likewise, an ability to communicate well in a competitive and technological world is crucial to the success of our students. For communities to improve their social, economic, and physical environments, citizens must be able to express their ideas in writing and speech, listen and evaluate multiple viewpoints, and respectfully debate possible courses of action based on an informed context.  The General Education curriculum at Roane State is built upon objectives that prepare students to attain these skills.

RSCC General Education Mission

Roane State Community College’s teaching and learning mission is grounded in a commitment to provide students with learning experiences, built on general education competencies that will prepare them to become life-long learners.  As a member of the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) System, Roane State supports the philosophy that students should develop broad knowledge and skills in the areas of 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.


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