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General Education

General education provides the opportunity to further many of the institutional student learning outcomes by providing specific objectives that students are expected to demonstrate upon the completion of degrees.

The mission of general education at WNC is to provide students who complete degrees and certificates with critical life skills that will benefit them in their personal and professional endeavors.


The General Education Student Learning Outcomes are:

  1. WORKING KNOWLEDGE – Demonstrate working knowledge of key concepts, principles, themes, and major content areas needed to explain and solve discipline-specific problems.
  2. WRITTEN COMMUNICATION – Present substantially error-free prose suitable in style and content to the purpose of the document and the audience.
  3. QUANTITATIVE LITERACY – Present accurate calculations and symbolic operations, and explain how such calculations and operations are used in either the specific field of study or in interpreting information in other fields.
  4. INFORMATION LITERACY – Locate, evaluate, and appropriately use information from multiple resources to complete projects, activities, and papers.
  5. DIVERSITY AND SOCIETY -Describe diverse historical and/or contemporary positions on selected democratic values or practices.
  6. CRITICAL THINKING – Use critical thinking and appropriate problem solving methods to address significant or enduring problems.