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General Education Requirements for Graduates of Lake Michigan College

Office of Origin: Arts and Sciences, Career Education
Date Adopted: 11-22-05
Last Date Modified & Approved: 11-22-08
Reviewed by Instructional Standards Committee: 11-19-08

Policy Statement:
A core component of Lake Michigan College’s strong academic program is the General Education Requirement. All associates degree graduates of Lake Michigan College must meet requirements in eight general categories. These requirements are embedded in coursework across all curricula and are measured within specific courses.

A well-educated student, upon completion of an associate degree program from Lake Michigan College, will be able to do the following:

1. Arts & Humanities
Demonstrate an awareness of the capacity, values, and variety of human experiences as expressed through the arts and humanities.

2. Communications
Express ideas both orally and in writing; demonstrate the ability to understand written, visual, and spoken communications; convey purpose, meaning, and main ideas effectively to individuals and groups.

3. Critical Thinking
Identify central issues and assumptions in an argument, recognize important relationships, locate additional information sources, make reasonable inferences from data, deduce conclusions from data or information, interpret whether conclusions are warranted on the basis of the data analyzed, and evaluate evidence and authority.

4. Cultural and Society
Demonstrate an awareness of the commonality and diversity of individual and group behavior. Demonstrate awareness of the contemporary global community and its geographic, cultural, economic, political, and historical dimensions. Understand the history, structure, and function of American political, economic, and social institutions.

5. Mathematics
Represent and solve problems using mathematical techniques. Demonstrate an awareness of the usefulness of mathematics in society.

6. Science
Demonstrate how basic principles of science apply to life and an understanding of our universe. Apply the methods of scientific inquiry and research to problem solving.

7. Technology
Describe how changes in modern technology affect the individual, society, and the environment. Demonstrate the ability to use computers and related technology to manage and access information.

8. Wellness
Demonstrate an awareness of the relationship between lifestyle choices and optimal health.

As part of the effort to evaluate the effectiveness of the general education program, each student will participate in assessment as determined by and managed by the administration of the College. This assessment shall be one of the requirements for each associate degree awarded by the College.