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:
Students will communicate effectively, which means the ability to:
- Comprehend and interpret various types of written information in (1) prose and in (2) documentation, such as manuals and graphs.
- 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.
- 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:
- 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.
- 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.