General Education at New York City College of Technology
Important General Education Learning Goals—adopted by College Council March 2013
New York City College of Technology aspires to be a living laboratory where General Education
- is represented by a mutually accepted core of knowledge, skills, and values that permeate all courses, not only in the liberal arts and sciences, but across the majors.
- makes rich use of the physical, historical, economic, and cultural aspects of our location in a diverse urban community
- stresses active learning and creative problem solving
- encourages engagement in personal, professional, and civic communities
- integrates theory/ knowledge and hands- on/ application
- maintains a global focus/ perspective
- is communications intensive
Develop knowledge from a range of disciplinary perspectives, and develop the ability to deepen and continue learning.Breadth of knowledge
- Value knowledge and learning
- Understand and appreciate the range of academic disciplines and their relationship to the fields of professional and applied study.
- Use the arts, sciences and humanities as a forum for the study of values, ethical principles, and the physical world.
Depth of knowledge
- Engage in an in-depth, focused, and sustained program of study
- Pursue disciplined, Inquiry-based learning in the major.
- Show curiosity and the desire to learn.
- Acquire tools for lifelong learning—how to learn, how they learn, knowledge of resources.
Acquire and use the tools needed for communication, inquiry, analysis, and productive work.
- Communicate in diverse settings and groups, using written (both reading and writing), oral (both speaking and listening), and visual means, and in more than one language.
- Derive meaning from experience, as well as gather information from observation.
- Understand and employ both quantitative and qualitative analysis to describe and solve problems, both independently and cooperatively.
- Employ scientific reasoning and logical thinking.
- Use creativity to solve problems.
Work productively within and across disciplines.
- Gather, interpret, evaluate, and apply information discerningly from a variety of sources.
- Understand and navigate systems
- Resolve difficult issues creatively by employing multiple systems and tools.
- Make meaningful and multiple connections among the liberal arts and between the liberal arts and the areas of study leading to a major or profession.
VALUES, ETHICS, AND RELATIONSHIPS
Understand and apply values, ethics, and diverse perspectives in personal, professional, civic, and cultural/global domains.
- Demonstrate Intellectual honesty and personal responsibility.
- Discern consequences of decisions and actions
- Demonstrate intellectual agility and the ability to manage change.
- Work with teams, including those of diverse composition. Build consensus.
- Respect and use creativity.
- Transform information into knowledge, and knowledge into judgment and action.
- Assume responsibility for social justice
- Demonstrate social and civic knowledge [regarding social, political, economic, and historical issues].
- Understand organizations and histories underlying government in global context
- Apply knowledge and analyze social, political, economic, and historical issues.
- Show ability to contribute actively by applying knowledge to the identification and analysis of societal and professional problems to enact solutions.
Global/ Multicultural Orientation
- Demonstrate expanded cultural and global awareness and sensitivity.
- Discern multiple perspectives.
- Use awareness of cultural differences to bridge cultural and linguistic barriers.
- Demonstrate proficiencies and capacities in dealing with a diverse society.
- Communicate across cultural and linguistic barriers.