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RSCC Policy AA-01-01; General Education at Roane State Community College

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Policy Number: AA-01-01
Subject: General Education at Roane State Community College
  1. 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.
  2. 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 to 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.
  3. General Education Core Outcomes
    In alignment with the TBR approved general education core, learning outcomes have been identified for each of the six academic disciplines. These include the following:
  • Oral Communication/Written Communication: Students will be able to communicate ideas with a clear purpose, developed in a well-organized sequence with appropriate language and structure and supported by sufficient and credible evidence.
  • Mathematics: Students will be able to use mathematics and/or basic statistical reasoning to solve theoretical and practical problems, using appropriate technologies.
  • Natural Sciences: Students will be able to use scientific reasoning to solve theoretical and/or practical problems, using appropriate technologies.
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences: Students will demonstrate an understanding of mental life and behavior from physiological, cognitive, and social domains in multiple contexts and timeframes.
  • History: Students will demonstrate an understanding of historical chronology and the relevance of geography to historical inquiry, and an ability to discuss history analytically through the written word.
  • Humanities/Fine Arts: (For Literature courses): Students will be able to critically evaluate literary, historical, social, cultural, artistic, or philosophical structures, processes, or expressions. (For Fine Arts): Students will be able to critically evaluate a creative work using the aesthetic language of the medium.

Revision History: 01/11/88, 1/10/00, 12/15/2008, 06/27/2016
TBR Policy Reference: 2:01:00:00, 2:02:00:00
Revision Date Effective: 06/27/2016
Revision Approval By: Christopher L. Whaley, President
Original Date Effective: 01/11/1988
Original Approval By: Cuyler A. Dunbar, President
Office Responsible: Vice President Student Learning
Reviewed: 06/27/2016

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