Core Competencies

Core Competencies are a required, noncredit, general education component of each degree program.

Students complete assignments that are  certified by faculty as demonstrating core competencies that faculty have  identified as central to learning. Students will be completing assignments in   general education, elective courses, and courses in all programs of study  that will give them practice with these competencies in the context of   different subjects.

Learning   to use competencies across the curriculum will help students:

(1)   Apply similar skills and abilities to learn   different course contents;


(2)   Integrate their education rather than   thinking of it as a collection of separate, unrelated courses.

The   student’s faculty member will identify the competencies that can best be   demonstrated by the work the student will do in the course. In addition, the   student may wish to talk to the faculty member about the possibility of   fulfilling a different competency in an assignment. All   items must be graded “C” or better.

 The   faculty member will notify the Registrar’s Office of his/her acceptance of a   student’s work as demonstrating a competency.
  This office will keep track of the competencies completed as part of the   student’s academic record.

 No   sample of work submitted for a competency may be used to satisfy more than   one competency, and no more than two competencies can be satisfied through   work in one course. Meeting competency requirements must be done and   certified during the semester the student is enrolled in the course.

 Some  courses have embedded core competencies (see link). In these courses the   opportunity to demonstrate a particular competency is built-in to the   curriculum. A student completing the course with a grade of “C” or better is   certified as having demonstrated the competency. The course description   section of the catalog identifies courses that have embedded core   competencies. Students not needing an embedded competency may inquire of the   instructor whether a different competency could be achieved in the course.

 Core competencies are a graduation requirement for A.A. and A.S. students beginning with the 2004 catalog year. Students who have earned a degree from an accredited higher education institution, who have completed 15 or more degree credits prior to 2004 or who have transferred in 15 or more credits   are exempt from the requirement.

Certificate   and non-degree students are not required to
complete the core competency requirement. They are, however, encouraged to do so since they may later wish to apply their coursework  toward a degree.

Students required to complete the core competencies for graduation may, in extraordinary circumstances, request a substitution or waiver for part of the requirement. Such requests should be addressed to the Program Advisor for Liberal Arts, who will make recommendations to the Vice President for  Academic Affairs. Students should contact their academic advisor if they have questions concerning the core competency portfolio.


To satisfy   this requirement, a student must demonstrate competency in the following   areas:

  CC-CT    Critical Thinking

                 ■  To consider information to form purposeful
                    judgments by using cognitive skills in
                    conscious, organized processes; and

                 ■  To demonstrate the ability to analyze
                    information for accuracy, balance, bias and
                    agenda; to identify inconsistencies in data
                    and argument.

  CC-OC    Oral Communication

                  ■  To respond to complex questions in creative
                        and thoughtful ways, considering multiple
                        points of view;

                  ■  To critically evaluate and cogently present
                        researched   information in an organized,
                        effective manner as verbal presentation; to
                        develop physical control of delivery; to listen
                        actively; and   

  CC-WC   Written Communication*

                  ■  To   respond to complex questions in creative
                        and thoughtful   ways, considering multiple
                        points of view;

                  ■  To write essays focusing on one main idea
                        logically   developed with detailed paragraphs;
                        to responsibly and   accurately incorporate
                        information from   secondary sources.

*This competency, entailing the use of sources, must be satisfied by a sample work from other than composition courses.

  CC-QR    Quantitative Reasoning

■    To demonstrate the application of mathematical
        understanding either through elementary functions  
       or algebraic equations or by appropriate graphing or
       modeling requiring analysis of a given problem.
       To show flexibility within   the basis of analysis and

■    To appraise problem solving options using
       sequential or systemic logic.