General Education Learning Outcomes

Thomas Edison State University graduates will have the following competencies:

Intellectual and Practical Skills

Intellectual and communicative skills necessary for success in the academic environment and for addressing globally complex challenges.

  • Written Communication:
    Communicate their ideas effectively in writing using text, data, and images as appropriate and in different genres and styles.
  • Oral Communication:
    Communicate their ideas effectively orally using multiple modes of communication, as appropriate.
  • Information Literacy:
    Identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively and responsibly use and share information for the problem at hand.
  • Quantitative Reasoning:
    Demonstrate competency and comfort in working with numerical data, create complex and refined arguments supported by quantitative evidence and clearly communicate those arguments in a variety of formats (using words, tables, graphs, mathematical equations, etc.), as appropriate.

Civic and Global Leadership

Knowledge required for responsible global citizenship and effective engagement in a dynamic environment.

  • Diversity/Intercultural Literacy:
    Recognize that they are members of diverse communities, both local and global, and demonstrate intercultural knowledge, skills and attitudes that support effective and appropriate interaction in a variety of cultural contexts and social categories, such as, but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, religion and age.
  • Ethical Leadership:
    Assess their own ethical values and the social context of a given situation, recognize ethical issues in a variety of settings, apply ethical principles to ethical dilemmas and consider the ramification of alternative actions.
  • Civic Engagement:
    Demonstrate effective, responsible, and meaningful skills while engaged in the political life of a community.

Knowledge of Human Cultures

Knowledge from the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences which develop an understanding of humanity.

Understanding of the Physical and Natural World

Knowledge from the Natural Science (Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, and Physics) in order to develop an appreciation of the order, diversity, and beauty of the natural environment and an understanding of scientific reasoning.