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


General Education Reporting Matrix -- Higher-Order Thinking

 State-Level Goals
Skill Areas

Institutional Competencies

Courses and Credit Hours



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...

think independently

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

read critically

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

recognize contradictions

explore the implications and consequences of statements

All courses 3 credit hours unless otherwise specified

EDU260, Portfolio Assessment (1 credit hour)

BUS233, Marketing

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.