Embedded throughout VCU’s General Education Program are six learning outcomes intended to strengthen students’ academic and career readiness skills.
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Communicative fluency is understanding and creating shared meaning with effective use of language and communicative practices, intentional engagement of audience, cogent and coherent iteration and negotiation with others, and skillful translation across multiple expressive formulations and modes.
Ethical reasoning includes judgments of right and wrong, good and bad, related to human conduct especially concerning matters of justice, fairness, equity, and social responsibility. Value systems, both culturally inherited and different from students’ own experiences, inform the deliberations regarding the quality of life and social goods necessary to employ ethical decision-making.
Global and cultural responsiveness and agility requires (1) suspension of judgment in valuing interactions with culturally different others and (2) empathic and flexible responsiveness to unfamiliar ways of being, recognizing that all actions have correlative intercultural effects. This competency’s primary goal, achievable only after several courses with this competency, is for students to advance equity and justice on local and global levels, well informed by historical and political contexts.
Information literacy is a set of integrated abilities to solve problems and generate new knowledge that encompasses recognizing an information need; critically identifying, locating, and evaluating appropriate resources; and responsibly and effectively synthesizing, applying, and sharing information.
Problem solving is the process of designing, evaluating, and implementing approaches to open-ended questions in order to achieve a desired outcome or goal, based on both: 1) the comprehensive exploration of issues, ideas, artifacts, and events before accepting or formulating an opinion or conclusion; and, 2) the synthesis of ideas, images or expertise and imaginative thinking characterized by innovation, divergent thinking, and risk taking.
Quantitative literacy is the knowledge of mathematical/statistical operations and graphical representations of numerical data, the knowledge of how to represent real world objects, events, information, and problems as symbolic data sets, the ability to recognize which mathematical/statistical operations are applicable to given data sets, and the ability to analyze, interpret, and explain the output of mathematical/statistical operations performed by the student or presented in the published literature.