To develop students' ability to distinguish among opinions, facts, and inferences; to identify underlying or implicit assumptions; to make informed judgments; and to solve problems by applying evaluative standards.
Students will demonstrate the ability to...
consider others' points of view
consider the strengths and weaknesses of opposing viewpoints
consider unpopular ideas, beliefs, or viewpoints
think in accordance with rational standards
refine generalization and avoid oversimplifications
apply concepts to new situations
question commonly accepted ways of understanding things
clarify issues, conclusions, or beliefs
clarify and analyze the meaning of words or phrases
develop criteria for evaluation and understand the values and standards used to develop this criteria
evaluate the credibility of a source of information
question deeply by raising and pursuing root or significant questions
analyze or evaluate arguments, interpretations, beliefs, or theories
generate or assess solutions
analyze or evaluate actions or policies
listen actively and critically
bring knowledge and insights from other disciplines into any course
ask thoughtful questions and respond to questions posed by others
consider and move between various points of view
test the strengths and weaknesses of other points of view
recognize significant similarities and significant differences
examine or evaluate assumptions
distinguish relevant facts from irrelevant facts
reach sound conclusions based on observation and information
evaluate evidence and alleged facts
explore the implications and consequences of statements
All courses 3 credit hours unless otherwise specified
EDU260, Portfolio Assessment (1 credit hour)
ENG243, American Literature I
ENG244, English Literature I
ENG212, Literary Masterpieces I
ENG246, Readings in Short Fiction
MFL214, French Reading
MFL 225, Spanish Reading
MFL235, Advanced German Grammar and Reading
MFL236, Advanced Italian Grammar and Conversation
PHS241, Physical Geology (5 credit hours)
PHS135, General Chemistry I, (5 credit hours)
PHS139, General Chemistry II, (4 credit hours)
BIO298, Readings in Honors (1 credit hour)
BIO234, Survey of Genetics
BIO125, Botany (5 credit hours)
BIO224, Field Biology (4 credit hours)
BIZ143 Environmental Science Lab (2 credit hours)
PHS142 College Physics I, (4 credit hours)
PHS144 College Physics II, (4 credit hours)
MAT165 Analytical Geometry/Calculus I (5 credit hours)
HIS135, Directed Studies in History
POS133 International Relations
PSY114 General Psychology II
Any IDS course (1-3 credit hours)
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 Proficiency (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.
7. A Higher-Order Thinking proposal accompanies every course syllabus submitted to The Dean of Arts and Sciences.