Progress

Tabs contain progress made by the Statewide General Education Steering Committee in key areas. Comments are being taken at provost@nmsu.edu.

The Skills and Definitions tabs contain work done in February and March. Outcomes tab contains work from August and September,

Skills

1. Communication skills

Writing, speaking
Collaborative skills: inclusion, teamwork, negotiation
Listening
Critical reading
Information literacy
Second language competency

2. Critical thinking (Creative and critical thinking)

Problem solving
Analysis/synthesis
Scientific method
Discipline-specific modes of thinking
Interdisciplinary thinking
Logical reasoning
Evidence insight through reflection
Qualitative skills

3.Personal and social responsibility (LEAP)

Civic knowledge and engagement – local and global
Intercultural reasoning and competence
Ethical reasoning and action
Foundations and skills for lifelong learning

4. Quantitative Skills

Number sense and estimating
Data analysis and statistics
Using math to solve real world problems
Financial applications
Basic math
Numerical literacy (numeracy)

5. Information literacy

Research, Evaluating sources, Critical reading
Internet, Digital communication
Analysis of technology
Software
Visual literacy (bias)

6. Interdisciplinary skills

The ability to apply knowledge in a new context

Definitions

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Topic Subtopics Outcomes/Metrics
Communication Skills – The ability to communicate effectively in written text/visuals both formally (i.e. essays and papers) and informally (e-mails, discussion boards, etc.) and in oral communication formally (i.e. oral presentations) and informally (discussions, arguments, and small group interactions). Writing
Speaking
Presenting
Listening
Critical reading
Information literacy
Second language competency

 

Topic Subtopics Outcomes/Metrics
Critical Thinking Skills (creative and critical thinking) – the practice of verifying, analyzing, and integrating, in a fair-minded and intellectually honest manner, data and information from multiple sources, observations, and experiences on any subject to reach reasoned conclusions and develop actions (adapted from http://www.criticalthinking.org/pages/defining-critical-thinking/766). Problem solving
Analysis/synthesis
Scientific method
Discipline-specific modes of thinking
Interdisciplinary thinking
Logical reasoning
Evidence insight through reflection
Qualitative skills

 

Topic Subtopics Outcomes/Metrics
Personal and Social Responsibility Skills (LEAP) – the idea that human beings choose, instigate, or otherwise cause their own actions. A corollary idea is that because we cause our actions, we can be held morally accountable or legally liable (adapted from https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Personal_responsibility). Civic knowledge and engagement – local and global
Intercultural reasoning and competence
Ethical reasoning and action
Foundations and skills for lifelong learning
Professionalism

 

Topic Subtopics Outcomes/Metrics
Quantitative Skills —The ability to organize, interpret, evaluate and present quantitative information. Number sense and estimating
Data analysis and statistics
Using math to solve real world problems
Financial applications
Basic math
Numerical literacy (numeracy)

 

Topic Subtopics Outcomes/Metrics
Information Literacy Skills – The ability to know when there is a need for information, to be able to identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively use that information for the issue or problem at hand (National Forum on Information Literacy, http://infolit.org/about-the-nfil/what-is-the-nfil/).

 

Research, evaluating sources, critical reading
Internet, digital communication
Analysis of technology
Software
Visual literacy (bias)

Some things that might be missing (adapted from “21st Century Skills,” The Glossary of Education Reform, accessed from http://edglossary.org/21st-century-skills/ on 29 March 2016):

  • Creativity, artistry, curiosity, imagination, innovation, personal expression
  • Perseverance, self-direction, planning, self-discipline, adaptability, initiative
  • Leadership, teamwork, collaboration, cooperation, facility in using virtual workspaces
  • Civic, ethical, and social-justice literacy
  • Environmental and conservation literacy, ecosystem understanding
  • Health and wellness literacy, (including nutrition, diet, exercise and public health and safety)