General Education Goal II: Communicating Effectively

Rationale:

The General Education Program prepares students to employ modes of communication that can help communities reach consensus or respectful disagreement. Effective communication leads to discovery and significant changes in the sender (who may be a writer, speaker, dancer, musician, visual artist, or actor) that produce sophisticated reading skills and a high level of quantitative, technological, and information literacy. The sender is successful in delivering the message to the receiver, who may be listening, reading, or watching. As both senders and receivers, successful communicators interact effectively with people of both similar and different experiences and values. They adapt their communication skills with increasing  complex situations.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Context and Purpose: Students will define the context, audience, and purpose of their message.

Content Development: Students will use appropriate content to shape their message.

Sources and Evidence: Students will integrate credible, relevant sources and other supporting material to formulate their message.

Control of Syntax and Mechanics: Students will communicate with clarity and fluency.