General Education Outcomes

General education is that portion of the collegiate experience that addresses the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values characteristic of educated persons. It is unbounded by disciplines and honors the connections among bodies of knowledge. Blue Ridge Community College degree graduates will demonstrate competency in the following general education areas:

Communication: A competent communicator can interact with others using all forms of communication, resulting in understanding and being understood.

Critical Thinking:  A competent critical thinker evaluates evidence carefully and applies reasoning to decide what to believe and how to act.

Cultural and Social Understanding: A culturally and socially competent person possesses an awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the interconnectedness of the social and cultural dimensions within and across local, regional, state, national, and global communities.

Information Literacy: A person who is competent in information literacy recognizes when information is needed and has the ability to locate, evaluate, and use it effectively. (adapted from the American Library Association definition)

Personal Development: An individual engaged in personal development strives for physical well-being and emotional maturity.

Quantitative Reasoning: A person who is competent in quantitative reasoning possesses the skills and knowledge necessary to apply the use of logic, numbers, and mathematics to deal effectively with common problems and issues. A person who is quantitatively literate can use numerical, geometric, and measurement data and concepts, mathematical skills, and principles of mathematical reasoning to draw logical conclusions and to make well-reasoned decisions.

Scientific Reasoning: A person who is competent in scientific reasoning adheres to a self-correcting system of inquiry (the scientific method) and relies on empirical evidence to describe, understand, predict, and control natural phenomena.