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General Education Goals and Outcomes

Please note that these goals and outcomes are aligned with the General Education curriculum in use prior to Spring 2012. Click here to review the goals and outcomes for the program beginning Fall 2012.

Goal: Persuasive speaking

Learning Outcomes
  1. Students will communicate orally in an effective manner using linguistic structures and vocabulary appropriate to an academic setting.
  2. Students will possess the ability to formulate and answer questions, present topics and arguments with coherence, fluidity, and without repetition nor distracting gestures and movements.
  3. Students will effectively incorporate visual and/or audio materials in oral presentations as appropriate.

Goal: Critical analysis and synthesis

Learning Outcomes
  1. Identify, evaluate and analyze evidence and data in an impartial manner.
  2. Differentiate between logically valid and invalid arguments and inferences.
  3. Draw logical conclusions based on the evaluation of carefully weighed and critically analyzed evidence and data.
  4. Independently formulate lines of inquiry and investigation.
  5. Formulate logically valid analogies and define accurate similarities when examining different events or phenomena.
  6. Possess the ability to self reflect, understand, and compensate for the reality that personal life experiences, upbringing, and education shape how individuals interpret facts and events.

Goal: Receptive listening.


Goal: Clear and rhetorically informed writing

Learning Outcomes
  1. Writing that produces well organized, analytically constructed student papers that incorporate clearly worded thesis statements that are coherently defended by supporting evidence and by well reasoned, persuasive and logical arguments.
  2. Analyze and synthesize primary and/or secondary source materials in formulating thesis statements and supporting arguments.
  3. Develop effective strategies for creating, revising, and editing writing assignments.
  4. Produce writing that demonstrates proficiency in standard American English, including grammar, diction, and sentence structure.

Goal: Critical and engaged reading

Learning Outcomes
  1. Identify and analyze the authorial thesis and main ideas.
  2. Identify and critically evaluate the supporting evidence for intellectual coherence and bias.
  3. Identify and analyze basic assumptions and inferences made by the author or authors of the text.
  4. Identify the strengths and weaknesses and the overall persuasiveness in the text's chain of argumentation.
  5. Critically evaluate the organizational strengths and weaknesses of the text.

Goal: Applications of technology

Learning Outcomes
  1. Locate information relevant to an assignment in print resources
  2. Locate information available electronically using appropriate search tools
  3. Identify and critically evaluate information from electronic resources

Approved by the Rhode Island College Committee on General Education, November 2010

Page last updated: May 7, 2012