College Core Competencies

Upon completion of Cabrillo College’s General Education program or when receiving an AA or AS degree, a student will demonstrate competency in the following areas:


I. Communication

Students will communicate effectively, which means the ability to:

A. Read:

  • Comprehend and interpret various types of written information in (1) prose and in (2) documentation, such as manuals and graphs.

B. Write:

  • Communicate thoughts, ideas, information, and messages in writing.
  • Compose and create documents, such as: letters, reports, memoranda, manuals and graphs with correct grammar, spelling, punctuation, and appropriate language, style, and format.
  • Check, edit, and revise written work for correct information, appropriate emphasis, form, style, and grammar.

C. Listen:

  • Receive, attend to, interpret, and respond appropriately to (1) verbal and/or (2) nonverbal messages.

D. Speak and/or Converse:

  •  Organize ideas and communicate verbal, or non-verbal messages .appropriate to the audience and the situation.
  •  Participate in conversations, discussions, and group activities.
  •  Speak clearly and ask questions.

II. Critical Thinking and Information Competency

Students will think critically, which is characterized by the ability to:

A. Analyze:

  •  Apply rules and principles to new situations.
  •  Discover rules and apply them to solve problems.
  •  Use logic to draw conclusions from information given.
  •  Differentiate between facts, influences, assumptions, and conclusions. 

B. Compute :

  • Use basic numerical concepts, such as: whole numbers, percentages, estimates of math without a calculator.
  • Use tables, graphs, charts, and diagrams to explain concepts or ideas.
  • Use basic geometrical shapes, such as: lines, angles, shapes, and space. 

C. Research:

  •  Identify the need for information and data.
  •  Obtain data from various sources.
  •  Organize, process, and maintain records of the information collected.
  •  Analyze the information for relevance and accuracy.
  •  Synthesize, evaluate and communicate the results.
  •  Determine which technology resources will produce the desired results.
  •  Use current technology to acquire, organize, analyze, and communicate information. 

D. Solve Problems:

  •  Recognize whether a problem exists.
  •  Identify components of the problem or issue.
  •  Create a plan of action to resolve the issue.
  •  Monitor, evaluate, and revise when necessary.

III. Global Awareness

Students will demonstrate a measurable understanding of the world including its: 

A. Scientific Processes

  • The Scientific Method: Apply scientific processes to solve problems and measure and observe natural phenomena.
  •  Scientific Observation: Design, perform and analyze experiments and scientific observations.
  •  Interconnectivity: Analyze the major differences and connections between social, natural and physical sciences

B.  Global Systems and Civics

  •  Cultural: Interface with people from a variety of backgrounds and analyze different cultural beliefs and behaviors.
  •  Political, Social and Economic: Recognize important economic and political issues and values in one’s own community, state, country and the world.
  •  Environmental: Analyze the importance of the natural environment to human well being and the impact of human activity on the well being of global environmental systems.
  •  Integrated Systems:  Assess and analyze the interconnectivity between social, political, economic, and ecological systems and activities.
  •  Action: Develop and evaluate strategies and plans for addressing global systems and civics issues.

C.  Artistic Variety

  •  Arts awareness: Assess the visual arts, dance, music and literature of one or many cultures.
  •  Critical Analysis: Analyze the methods used to create art and interpret its literal and/or symbolic meaning.
  •  Creativity: Engage in artistic creative endeavors. 

IV. Personal Responsibility and Professional Development

Students will demonstrate:

A. Self Awareness:

  •  Accurately assess his/her own knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  •  Self-motivate and set realistic goals.
  •  Accept that taking feedback well is important to success.
  •  Respond appropriately to challenging situations.

B. Social and Physical Wellness

  •  Manage personal health and well being.
  •  Demonstrate appropriate social skills in group settings.

C.  Workplace Skills:

  •  Be dependable, reliable, and accountable.
  •  Meet deadlines and complete tasks.
  •  Maintain a professional attitude.
  •  Work as a productive member of a team.