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Basic Skills of General Education

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Frostburg State University’s accrediting agency, includes the assessment of general education in its eligibility requirements and accreditation standards:

"The institution’s curricula are designed so that students acquire and demonstrate college-level proficiency in general education and essential skills, including at least oral and written communication, scientific and quantitative reasoning, critical analysis and reasoning, and technological competency." - Characteristics of Excellence. 2009. Middle States Commission

As part of FSU's Undergraduate Education Initiative (UEI), the University has identified seven basic skills to be acquired as part of FSU's general education program. FSU's Basic Skills Overview summarizes established benchmarks and methods of measurement for each skill.

The links below provide details on assessment as established by the UEI:

  1. Critical Thinking - Reflective, self-directed thinking about questions, problems, and decisions both inside and outside of the classroom.
  2. Information Literacy - A set of abilities requiring individuals to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.
  3. Oral Communication - The process of people using verbal and nonverbal messages to generate meanings within and across various contexts, cultures, channels, and media.
  4. Quantitative Reasoning - The ability to apply basic concepts and understand issues relating to number or quantity.
  5. Scientific Reasoning - The ability to logically solve problems through the application of the scientific method.
  6. Technology Literacy - The ability to apply knowledge to practical purposes through electronic or digital products and systems.
  7. Written Communication - Communication through strong, organized thesis formulation and support; clear, concise, coherent language; and awareness of audience and purpose.

 

 
 

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