General Education Assessment

In order to educate well-rounded, productive citizens, Oakland Community College has established a general education core that is applicable to all students. The goal of general education is to ensure all students leave OCC with a particular set of skills as a result of their academic experience. General Education learning outcomes reflect the lifelong skills students are expected to attain. The General Education Outcomes listed below were developed for all programs and can be found within the content of many classes across multiple disciplines within the college.


Aesthetic Awareness

Graduates will have an appreciation of the role of aesthetic expression in daily life.

The faculty at OCC have defined two dimensions of the aesthetic awareness general education learning outcome to clarify learning expectations for students. They include:

  • Understands and evaluates the relationship between form and content
  • Recognizes and evaluates how aesthetic expression leads to an understanding of cultural context

Communicate Effectively- Writing

Graduates can demonstrate and apply skills for effective written communication.

The faculty at OCC have defined six dimensions of the Communicate Effectively -Written general education learning outcome to clarify learning expectations for students. They include:

  • Demonstrated understanding of audience, purpose, and assigned task evident and illustrated by effective focus and thesis
  • Content effectively developed
  • Whole piece clearly organized
  • Proofreading for grammar, mechanics and usage
  • Style and presentation
  • Incorporation of source material (when use of sources assigned or writer chooses to support with material from outside personal experience)

Communicate Effectively - Oral Communication

Graduates can demonstrate and apply skills for effective oral (including non-verbal) communication and public speaking.

Faculty at OCC have defined seven dimensions of the communicate effectively-oral general education learning outcome to clarify learning expectations for students. They include:

  • Students will understand how communication shapes self-concept, perception, and worldview
  • Students will understand how self-concept, perception, and worldview shape communication with others
  • Students will analyze and effectively adapt to others
  • Students will utilize appropriate communication tools to fit the audience and the situation
  • Students will identify and begin to employ effective listening techniques
  • Students will demonstrate appropriate forms of verbal, nonverbal, and mediated expression
  • Students will communicate ethically and respectfully to affirm and value others

Critical Thinking

Graduates can demonstrate and apply the skills to conceptualize, think creatively and innovatively, analyze, synthesize and apply information.

The faculty at OCC have defined five dimensions of the critical thinking general education learning outcome to clarify learning expectations for students. They include:

  • Evaluates levels/kinds of information
  • Recognizes and understands the implications of relationships between ideas
  • Uses information to develop conclusion/solution
  • Applies knowledge to the assigned task
  • Accomplishes the assigned task

Global Understanding and Responsibility

Graduates understand global issues and the potential impact of their decisions on other individuals, groups and the environment. Graduates can identify opportunities and articulate personal intentions to improve global conditions.

The faculty at OCC have defined six dimensions of the Global Understanding and Responsibility general education learning outcome to clarify learning expectations for students. They include:

  • Understands that differences exist in global cultures, situations, and/or issues
  • Understands that there are commonalities/common features in global cultures, situations, and/or issues
  • Understands relationships among global cultures, situations, and/or issues
  • Examines potential impact of their decisions on individuals, groups and the environment
  • Identifies and articulates personal intentions to improve global conditions
  • Takes action to improve global conditions

Information Literacy

Graduates will be able to use information ethically and legally, and identify, explore, analyze and apply appropriate information resources to specific tasks.

The faculty at OCC have defined five dimensions of the Information Literacy general education learning outcome to clarify learning expectations for students. They include:

  • Know: Define their information needs
  • Find: Access information
  • Evaluate: Be able to evaluate information critically
  • Synthesize: Integrate information to accomplish the planned objective
  • Ethics: Use information ethically; document information and observe copyright laws

Personal Development

Graduates understand personal development as a life-long process. Graduates can demonstrate strategies for physical and psychological well-being, as well as personal responsibility for decisions and behaviors.

The faculty at OCC have defined four dimensions of the Personal Development general education learning outcome to clarify learning expectations for students. They include:

  • Understands value of self-assessment goals
  • Utilizes self-management skills and discipline
  • Identifies and utilizes resources
  • Shows commitment to lifelong development

Quantitative Literacy

Graduates can perform mathematical computations, identify and draw inferences from relevant information, and represent mathematical information graphically, symbolically, numerically and verbally.

The faculty at OCC have defined six dimensions of the Quantitative Literacy general education learning outcome to clarify learning expectations for students. They include:

  • Shows all of the necessary steps to solve the problem
  • Performs computations with appropriate accuracy
  • Uses critical thinking to draw correct inferences from relevant information
  • Models mathematical information graphically or using visual representation
  • Represents mathematical information symbolically and/or numerically
  • Articulates mathematical information in words

Scientific Literacy

Graduates can apply fundamental scientific principles and methods of inquiry to understand the impacts of scientific research and technology.

The faculty at OCC have defined five dimensions of the Scientific Literacy general education learning outcome to clarify learning expectations for students. They include:

  • Demonstrates an understanding of core scientific concepts and appropriate terminology
  • Demonstrates the ability to collect or examine information and data
  • Demonstrates the ability to evaluate, analyze, and interpret data and results
  • Demonstrates the ability to synthesize both information and data in drawing conclusions
  • Demonstrates the ability to apply acquired knowledge to scientific aspects of personal and global issues

Social Responsibility

Graduates understand the rights, responsibilities, and privileges necessary to become informed participating community members.

The faculty at OCC have defined four dimensions of the Social Responsibility general education learning outcome to clarify learning expectations for students. They include:

  • Connecting self to the community
  • Considering social, physical and cultural diversity
  • Considering behavioral norms in social interaction
  • Considering social and civic engagement

Contact Information

Rachel Lathrop
Director of Student Learning Assessment
Office of Student Learning Assessment
Phone (248) 232-4741

Kristin Carey Li
Assessment Specialist
Office of Student Learning Assessment
Phone (248) 232-4745

Janet Gates
Assessment Specialist
Office of Student Learning Assessment
Phone (248) 232-4524

Dawn Perkowski
Research Associate
Office of Student Learning Assessment
Phone (248) 232-4519