GHC has identified five college-wide abilities, or competencies, that all GHC students should be able to demonstrate upon completion of their studies. Students completing transfer degrees achieve these skills as they move through required and distribution courses. Students completing workforce degree and certificate programs achieve them in their required courses. BAS students achieve them through their required course work. These five skills are critical to graduates’ future success at work, in further education, and in their lives as community members:
Literacy, including both written communication and quantitative literacy: skills in reading, writing, listening, speaking, and quantifying as well as awareness of learning styles and life-long learning options.
Critical Thinking: competency in analysis, synthesis, problem solving, decision making, creative exploration, and formulation of an aesthetic response.
Social and Personal Responsibility: Awareness of and responsiveness to diversity and commonality among cultures, multiplicity of perspectives, ethical behaviors, and health and wellness issues.
Information literacy: Skills in accessing and evaluating information resources including campus resources, awareness of the role of information resources in making sound decisions, and command of the skills required to use appropriate technologies effectively.
In addition to these abilities, students also develop core knowledge in their programs and disciplines as they take courses in these areas. In addition to these DSAs, GHC has identified student learning outcomes for all courses, certificates, and degrees which are available on the GHC website.