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Gen Ed Competencies and SLOs

KCTCS General Education Statement
KY Council on Postsecondary Education Student Learning Outcomes

KCTCS General Education Statement

KCTCS General Education Competencies:

Students should prepare for twenty-first century challenges by gaining:

  1. Knowledge of human cultures and the physical and natural (LEAP A*) worlds through study in the sciences and mathematics, social sciences, humanities, histories, languages, and the arts.
  2. Intellectual and practical skills, including (LEAP B*)
    • inquiry and analysis
    • critical and creative thinking
    • written and oral communication
    • quantitative literacy
    • information literacy
    • teamwork and problem solving
  3. Personal and social responsibility, including (LEAP C*)
    • civic knowledge and engagement (local and global)
    • intercultural knowledge and competence
    • ethical reasoning and action
    • foundations and skills for lifelong learning
  4. Integrative and applied learning, including synthesis and advanced accomplishment across general and specialized skills. (LEAP D*)

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*Kentucky’s Statewide General Education Student Learning Outcomes are mapped to the American Association of Colleges and Universities’ (AAC&U) Liberal Education for America’s Promise (LEAP) Essential Learning Outcomes—as a guiding vision and national benchmarks for college learning and liberal education in the 21st century.

Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education General Education Transfer Policy

In addition, the State of Kentucky, Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) established the General Education Transfer Policy in 2004 and updated in 2012. The policy outlines statewide General Education Student Learning Outcomes that apply to all Kentucky public postsecondary institutions.

Statewide General Education Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) KRS 164.2951(2)(c)

All of the student-learning outcomes in each category must be met through courses identified within each category.

Written (WC) and Oral (OC) Communication

  1. Write clear and effective prose in several forms, using conventions appropriate to audience (including academic audiences), purpose, and genre. (LEAP A, B, C and D)*
  2. Listen and speak competently in a variety of communication contexts, which may include public, interpersonal, and/or small-group settings. (LEAP B, C and D)*
  1. Find, analyze, evaluate, and cite pertinent primary and secondary sources, including academic databases, to prepare speeches and written texts. (LEAP B and D)*
  2. Identify, analyze, and evaluate statements, assumptions, and conclusions representing diverse points of view; and construct informed, sustained, and ethical arguments in response. (LEAP B, C and D)*
  1. Plan, organize, revise, practice, edit, and proofread to improve the development and clarity of ideas. (LEAP B and D)*

WC courses must meet the first SLO and OC courses must meet the second SLO, with both types of courses meeting at least two of the remaining three SLOs.

Quantitative Reasoning (QR)

  1. Interpret information presented in mathematical and/or statistical forms. (LEAP B)*
  2. Illustrate and communicate mathematical and/or statistical information symbolically, visually, and/or numerically. (LEAP A, B and C)*
  1. Determine when computations are needed and to execute the appropriate computations. (LEAP B)*
  1. Apply an appropriate model to the problem to be solved (LEAP A, C and D)*
  2. Make inferences, evaluate assumptions, and assess limitations in estimation modeling and/or statistical analysis. (LEAP B, C and D)*

QR courses should meet all five SLOs.

Arts and Humanities (AH)

  1. Utilize basic formal elements, techniques, concepts and vocabulary of specific disciplines within the Arts and Humanities. (LEAP A and B)*
  1. Distinguish between various kinds of evidence by identifying reliable sources and valid arguments. (LEAP B)*
  1. Demonstrate how social, cultural, and historical contexts influence creative expression in the arts and humanities. (LEAP A and B)*
  1. Evaluate the significance of human expression and experience in shaping larger social, cultural, and historical contexts. (LEAP A, B and C)*
  1. Evaluate enduring and contemporary issues of human experience. (LEAP A and D)*

Foreign Language: Demonstrate competency in a foreign language. Foreign language study develops essential skills and cultural awareness critical for success in a multilingual world.

At least two AH courses must be taken to meet all of the student-learning outcomes. Each AH courses should meet at least three of the five SLOs.

Natural Sciences (NS)

Conduct a hands-on project using scientific principles (category experience).

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the methods of science inquiry. (LEAP A and B)*
  2. Explain basic concepts and principles in one or more of the sciences. (LEAP A and B)*
  3. Apply scientific principles to interpret and make predictions in one or more of the sciences. (LEAP A, B and D)*
  4. Explain how scientific principles relate to issues of personal and/or public importance. (LEAP A, B, C and D)*

NS courses should meet the four SLOs. Each institution’s general education natural science block must meet the category experience.

Social and Behavioral Sciences (SB)

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of at least one area of the social and behavioral sciences. (LEAP A and D)*
  1. Apply knowledge, theories, and research methods, including ethical conduct, to analyze problems pertinent to at least one area of the social and behavioral sciences. (LEAP A, B, C and D)*
  1. Understand and demonstrate how at least one area of the social and behavioral sciences conceptualizes diversity and the ways it shapes human experience. (LEAP A, B, C and D)*
  1. Integrate knowledge of at least one area of the social and behavioral sciences into issues of personal or public importance. (LEAP A, B, C and D)*
  2. Communicate effectively using the language and terminology germane to at least one area of the social and behavioral sciences. (LEAP A and D)*

At least two SB courses from different disciplines must be taken to meet all of the student-learning outcomes.

* Kentucky’s Statewide General Education Student Learning Outcomes are mapped to the American Association of Colleges and Universities’ (AAC&U) Liberal Education for America’s Promise (LEAP) Essential Learning Outcomes—as a guiding vision and national benchmarks for college learning and liberal education in the 21st century.

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