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

Students will demonstrate an appreciation of aesthetic expression.

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

  • Analyzes the relationship between form and content.
  • Identifies and evaluates how aesthetic expression leads to an understanding of cultural context.

Communicate Effectively- Writing

Students demonstrate 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:

  • Student demonstrates understanding of audience, purpose, and assigned task illustrated by effective focus and thesis, or introductory statement.
  • Student demonstrates sufficiently developed content.
  • Clearly organized.
  • Usage of grammar and mechanic.
  • Style and presentation.
  • Incorporation of primary and secondary source material (when use of sources assigned or writer chooses to support with material from outside personal experience).

Communicate Effectively - Oral Communication

Students can demonstrate and apply skills for effective oral communication and public speaking.

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

  • Student demonstrates an understanding of how communication shapes self-concept, perception, and worldview.
  • Student demonstrates an understanding of how self-concept, perception, and worldview shape communication with others.
  • Students can analyze a variety of communication styles and effectively adapt their style to the styles of others.
  • Students effectively identify and employ listening strategies.
  • Student will demonstrate appropriate forms of verbal and nonverbal expression.
  • Student communicates ethically and respectfully.

Critical Thinking

Students can analyze, interpret, synthesize and evaluate information before accepting or formulating an opinion or conclusion. Students can apply the information to engage in innovative problem solving strategies. 

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 information.
  • Identifies the connections between ideas and concepts.
  • Uses information to formulate an opinion or conclusion.
  • Applies knowledge, concepts, paradigms, or theories to the assigned task.
  • Completes the assigned task using an efficient and effective method.

Global Understanding and Responsibility

Students will demonstrate an understanding of global issues and the potential impact of their decisions on other individuals, groups and the environment. Students will identify opportunities and articulate potential solutions to improve global conditions.

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

  • Demonstrates an understanding that differences exist between global cultures, situations and issues.
  • Demonstrates an understanding that similarities exist among global cultures, situations and issues.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of relationships among global cultures, situations and issues.
  • Identifies potential impact of their decisions on individuals, groups, situations and the environment.
  • Identifies and articulates potential solutions to improve global conditions.

Information Literacy

Students use information literacy to effectively conduct and apply research.

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

  • Evaluate Authority: Student demonstrates an understanding that research sources vary in their authority.
  • Use Information Ethically: Student demonstrates an understanding that information has value by using it ethically.
  • Synthesize Information: Student demonstrates an understanding of research as the basis of inquiry.
  • Access Information: Student demonstrates an understanding that searching is strategic.

Personal Development

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

The faculty at OCC have defined three 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.

Quantitative Literacy

Students perform computations, identify and draw inferences from relevant information/data and represent it 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 complete the task.
  • Performs computations with appropriate accuracy.
  • Uses critical thinking to draw inferences from relevant information.
  • Models information/data graphically or using visual representation.
  • Represents information symbolically and/or numerically.
  • Interprets numerical, symbolic, or graphical information or computation results.

Scientific Literacy

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

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

  • Demonstrates proficiency in core scientific concepts and appropriate terminology.
  • Demonstrates the ability to collect, evaluate, analyze and interpret information and data.
  • Demonstrates the ability to synthesize information and data in drawing conclusions and solving problems.
  • Demonstrates the ability to apply acquired knowledge to scientific aspects of personal and global issues.

Social Responsibility

Students 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:

  • Demonstrates involvement with stakeholders in the community.
  • Considers social, economic, physical and cultural diversity in the community.
  • Student considers behavioral norms in social interaction.
  • Student considers social and civic engagement.