Academic Program Assessment
Mission: It is the goal of the general education program at the University of Arkansas – Pulaski Tech to develop a foundation for the lifelong pursuit of learning in all students and prepare them for university transfer. Core classes are designed to enable students to develop to their fullest potential by communicating effectively and developing knowledge and skills necessary for critical inquiry in an ever changing world.
The Associate of Arts (AA) degree is a 60-credit hour transfer degree designed for transfer to a four-year institution.
The Associate of Science (AS) degree is a 60-credit hour transfer degree designed for students planning to seek a baccalaureate degree in liberal arts and sciences, business, and education, and technology and engineering. Many of the AS degrees are part of 2+2 agreements with various transfer institutions in Arkansas.
Programs of Study included in the General Education Assessment Process include the following:
*The Associate of General Studies (AGS) is a 60-hour degree designed to allow maximum exploration of courses by a student. It is not intended for students who plan to pursue a baccalaureate degree although some courses may be transferable.
**The General Studies Certificate recognizes the successful completion of 31 credit hours of general education core courses. This certificate documents the student’s mastery of the skills and competencies needed to be successful in the workforce and to pursue further education.
Once students have completed one of the above listed Associate degrees at UA-PTC the student will be able to:
1) Communicate Effectively: Create an oral presentation or written work that is informative, well-reasoned, organized, researched, and demonstrates knowledge of convention.
2) Reason Quantitatively: Apply mathematical methods using symbolic, graphical, numerical, and written representations to solve problems using modeling and/or general problem solving processes, and use appropriate technology to construct or analyze quantitative data to draw conclusions about the reasonableness of the results.
3) Analyze Critically: Critically analyze major works of fine arts or literature and articulate the analysis using terminology, methodologies, or research appropriate in the field.
4) Synthesis Concepts: Synthesize information through a historical, social, cultural, or psychological lens that demonstrates proficiency in the usage of terms and concepts relevant to the social sciences.
5) Make Scientific Inquiries: Apply the scientific method, understand the criteria for scientific evidence and use that evidence to draw conclusions and make informed decisions.