Edmonds Community College offers multiple opportunities to integrate knowledge and skills throughout its degrees and certificates. Specifically, the college emphasizes this integration through its General Education Learning Outcomes:
- Communication Skills: Communicate and interact effectively through a variety of methods appropriate to audience, context, purpose, and field/discipline.
- Human Relations and Professional Development Skills: Act responsibly in applying professional and academic standards associated with personal wellness; sustainable management of resources; and/or with success in educational, workplace, community, and group settings.
- Quantitative Analysis/Symbolic Reasoning Skills: Reason clearly using academic or professional modes of inquiry; using quantitative or symbolic reasoning; and/or using other discipline/field specific methods to explore and create ideas; identify information needs; process, evaluate, and use information; and recognize, analyze and solve problems.
- Cultural Diversity Skills: Explore and apply multiple perspectives in order to examine cultural differences and influences; maintain effective professional/working relationships; and/or interact effectively in multicultural settings.
Students who earn any of our two-year degrees or certificates of 45 or more credits have opportunities to develop and apply these General Education Learning Outcomes, along with discipline specific learning Program-level Learning Outcomes (PLOs) and Course-level Learning Objectives (CLOs). For more information about the college’s PLOs and CLOs, please refer to this page.
The college’s General Education component serves a number of purposes, including the following:
- encouraging students to develop knowledge, habits, and skills for lifelong learning, productive work, and citizenship;
- demonstrating, for students who intend to transfer, basic knowledge that helps prepare them to develop breadth and depth in the areas of humanities, mathematical and natural sciences, social sciences, human relations, cultural diversity courses, and/or discipline-specific requirements;
- providing professional-technical students with a recognizable core of related instruction including identified outcomes in the areas of communication, computation, and human relations that align with and support program goals and outcomes; and
- representing identifiable and assessable student learning outcomes that support the college’s educational mission.
NOTE: During the 2014-15 academic year, the college’s former College-Wide Abilities (CWAs) were adapted and became the college’s General Education Learning Outcomes.