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General Education Mission, Courses and Outcomes

Friday, June 14, 2024

Student Learning Assessment Team

Jessica Wise
Faculty Assessment Chair
Co-Chair of the Academic Assessment Committee

Kate Evans
Co-Curricular Chair
Co-Chair of the Academic Assessment Committee

School Leads

Cynthia Fletcher
School of Math, Sciences, and Allied Health

Mindy Hodges
School of Technical and Professional Studies

Deena Martin
School of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

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:

  • Associate of Arts
  • Associate of Science in Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Associate of Science in Business
  • Associate of Science in Education
  • Associate of Science in Technology and Engineering
  • Associate of General Studies*
  • Certificate of General Studies**

*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.

Supporting Courses:

  • ENGL 1311 – Comp I
  • ENGL 1312 – Comp II
  • SPCH 1300 – Speech Communication

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.

Supporting Courses:

  • MATH 1302 – College Algebra
  • MATH 1300 – Mathematical Reasoning

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.

Supporting Courses:

  • ARTS 2300 – Intro to Visual Art
  • MUSC 2300 – Intro to Music
  • THEA 2300 – Intro to Theater
  • PHIL 1310 – Intro to Philosophy
  • ENGL 2337 – World Lit from the Beginning to 1650
  • ENGL 2338 – World Lit from 1650 to the Present

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.

Supporting Courses:

  • ANTH 2310 – Cultural Anthropology
  • ECON 2323 – Principles of Macroeconomics
  • HIST 2311 – U.S. History to 1877
  • HIST 2312 – U.S. History since 1877
  • POLS 1310 – American National Government
  • HIST 1311 – History of Civilization I
  • HIST 1312 – History of Civilization II
  • PSYC 2300 – Psychology and the Human Experience
  • SOCI 2300 – Intro to Sociology

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.

Supporting Courses:

  • BIOL 1300 – Biology for Non-Majors and BIOL 1100 – Biology for Non-Majors Lab
  • BIOL 1302 – Biological Science and BIOL 1102 – Biological Science Lab
  • PHYS 1307 – Earth Science and PHYS 1107 – Earth Science Lab
  • PHYS 1300 – Physical Science and PHYS 1100 – Physical Science Lab