Mar 07, 2021  
2019-2020 College Catalog 
2019-2020 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

General Education Basic Achievement & Core Requirements - Degree

For more information please see the Academic Transfer and General Education Program Overview.  

General Education Philosophy

General Education introduces students to knowledge and skills that enable them to fulfill education and occupational goals while at the same time enlightening them about social and cultural aspects of life. General education gives students the ability to be life-long learners who can adapt to change. Drawing from communications, social and behavioral sciences, humanities and fine arts, life skills, mathematics, and natural sciences, Central Community College has designed a curriculum which maximizes student and community success.

Basic Achievement Requirements

All graduates with an AA, AS, AAS or ADN will meet minimum achievements for math, writing and reading. Graduates can meet the requirement by:

   1. Acquiring appropriate Mandatory Assessment scores in math, writing and reading.
  2. Completing the following courses:
    a. MATH 0930 Practical Math OR MATH 0940 Pre-Algebra with a C or above
    b. ENGL 0970 Reading & Writing Essentials II with a C or above.
  3. Completing a 1000-level MATH or ENGL course with a D or above.

General Education Core Requirements

All graduates with an AA, AS, AAS or ADN will complete a minimum of 15 credits of General Education from the following (AA and AS students will have additional requirements):

  • GEN ED Group A: Communications 3 credit(s)
  • GEN ED Group B: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving 3 credit(s)
  • GEN ED Group C: Life and Career Skills or D: Information & Technology Literacy or E: Global Awareness 3 credit(s)
  • GEN ED Group A, B, C, D or E 6 credit(s)

Subtotal: 15

General Education Groups

Group A: Communications

Students will receive and express information, ideas, and opinions in an effective and clear manner to a variety of audiences utilizing multiple formats and styles of communication.

Student Learning Outcomes
Graduates are prepared to:

  1. communicate a purpose to an audience.
  2. organize information to express ideas clearly.
  3. apply critical thinking skills.
  4. incorporate information from sources ethically and effectively.
  5. apply rules of standard English in written and oral communications.
Group B: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Students will use critical thinking and logical problem solving techniques to research and evaluate information, analyze problems, formulate conclusions, and communicate results.

Student Learning Outcomes
Graduates are prepared to:

  1. investigate and evaluate information.
  2. analyze problems.
  3. formulate conclusions.
  4. report results.
Group C: Life and Career Skills

Students will develop the necessary interpersonal, intrapersonal, and professional skills to be successful in ever-changing life and work environments..

Student Learning Outcomes
Graduates are prepared to:

  1. demonstrate life and work balance skills and concepts.
  2. demonstrate interpersonal and intrapersonal skills. conduct
  3. themselves using professional and ethical behavior
Group D: Information & Technology Literacy

Students will use digital technology, communication/networking tools, social networks appropriately to access, manage, integrate, evaluate, and effectively present information in an increasingly technological society.

Student Learning Outcomes
Graduates are prepared to:

  1. exhibit technology literacy.
  2. demonstrate technology skills.
Group E: Global Awareness

Students will develop a sensitivity to and awareness of global issues from a cultural, historical, aesthetic, and philosophical context.

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates are prepared to:


  1. demonstrate an awareness of a broad range of works or concepts as a reflection of specific cultures, times, and/or places.
  2. correlate a work or concept to its cultural contexts.
  3. interpret the impact of a work or concept on the human condition.
  4. analyze a work or concept and its influence on the individual and society.
  5. explain how a work or concept connects to global issues/concerns.


  1. correlate relationships between individuals and global society.
  2. demonstrate an understanding of modern society in light of past and present events and issues.
  3. interpret the impact of global awareness on a person’s environment.
  4. analyze objective data from various disciplines to draw conclusions about global issues.
  5. explain the social responsibilities necessary to become a civic-minded global citizen.