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Status Report for the Adoption and Implementation
of Missouri's General Education Credit Transfer Policy


General Education Reporting Matrix -- Communicating

 State-Level Goals
Skill Areas

Institutional Competencies

Courses and Credit Hours



To develop students' effective use of the English language and quantitative and other symbolic systems essential to their success in school and in the world. Students should be able to read and listen critically and to write and speak with thoughtfulness, clarity, coherence, and persuasiveness.

Students will demonstrate the ability to...


compose thesis statements and topic sentences

compose developed paragraphs utilizing adequate support, examples, illustrations, details, and analysis

compose a variety of rhetorical modes

utilize the LRC and be familiar with its holdings and source materials

access and evaluate sources

properly document sources

argue and synthesize such material in a researched essay

design and deliver informal speeches

provide open forum discussions

practice impromptu and extemporaneous speaking

9 credit hours; two (2) of which must be Eng1330 and Eng1340; one (1) of which must be Eng1440, Eng1670, or Eng2000

3 credit hours


3 credit hours





Eng1440, Eng1670, Eng2000
All 3 credit hours

All students can receive assistance in the Writing Lab.

1. All degree-seeking students at Mineral Area College are given placement tests prior to or at the time of enrollment. They take either the ACT Examination or the COMPASS Test Battery. The ACT is designed to measure student academic skills in English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science Reasoning. The COMPASS Test Battery is designed to measure student academic skills in English, Mathematics, and Reading.

2. All students who receive a degree from Mineral Area College are required to take the Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficieny (CAAP) test battery. This is designed to measure the graduate's academic skills in the areas of Writing Skills, Mathematics, Reading, Critical Thinking, and Science Reasoning.

3. The results of these tests are available in Universe, our Student Information System. Customized reports are also available from the Director of Assessment. Data can be provided for individual students, classes, programs departments and/or divisions.

4. Each semester, periodic department-level meetings review courses and student performance.

5. A faculty General Education Committee reviews the program annually.

6. Faculty members, The Dean of Arts and Sciences, The Director of Assessment, and The Dean of Students meet monthly on an assessment committee.