General Education Philosophy:
Central to Eastern’s vision and mission is the College’s commitment to the development of each student as a well-educated individual. So the college requires a general education core curriculum as a fundamental part of all degree programs.
The general education course curriculum is intended to provide all students, whatever their major, with the knowledge and skills that serve as the foundation for lifelong learning, professional success and personal achievement. In line with that goal, the general education program promotes critical thinking:
The habit of independent thinking that discovers the inter-related parts of ideas and philosophies through careful examination and evaluation; and awakens the passion for carefully weighing arguments and reasons with the aim of reaching a judgment about them.
Through General Education coursework and activities students also acquire the conceptual thinking ability:
The thought process that identifies patterns or links between situations that may not be obviously connected, and that identifies crucial or basic issues in situations that may appear at first to be complicated and full of twists and turns.
Together with these critical and conceptual thinking skills, students in General Education classes develop the skills necessary for effective communication.
The general education curriculum demonstrates the College’s commitment to provide appropriate and relevant education to enhance the growth and development of learners as they face the challenges of the 21st century. And this philosophy serves as the connecting fiber in the development of all Eastern degree and certificate programs.
The College requires general education core courses in each degree and certificate program. So the classroom and laboratory activities and college experience of every Eastern student are designed to develop the attitudes and skills required for a life of learning in a diverse society.
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General Education Goals
Students who have completed the general education requirements of an associate degree will develop improved capabilities in the following:
Critical Thinking Skills
Students will demonstrate their ability to think critically by observing critically, reading critically, planning, reflecting, analyzing, evaluating and synthesizing.
Oral and Written Communications
Students will demonstrate their oral and written communication skills by listening actively, speaking effectively, and writing effectively.
Students will demonstrate their abilities to think mathematically by applying mathematical concepts in problem-solving including estimation, computation, analysis, assimilation, application, transference and modeling strategies as needed for living in today’s and tomorrow’s world.
Informational Access /Literacy Skills
Students will demonstrate their inquiry and research skills by using electronic tools and non-electronic resources to acquire, process, and manage information as well as to locate, retrieve, and evaluate information.
Scientific Inquiry and Research Skills
Students will demonstrate their scientific inquiry and research skills by using scientific methods effectively in problem solving; posing a question to be answered or make a prediction about objects or events; using multiple lines of inquiry to collect information; organizing, evaluating, analyzing, and interpreting findings.
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A Cultural, Artistic, and Global Perspective
Students will demonstrate cultural, artistic and global perspectives through understanding their own culture; recognizing and valuing differences among cultural groups, artistic modes, and cultural artifacts; and understanding the role of diversity in the expanding global context.
Workforce and Citizenship Skills
Students will demonstrate workforce and citizenship skills needed for professional success through punctuality, cooperation, negotiation, self-discipline, teamwork, leadership, conflict resolution, ethics, commitment/loyalty, responsibility and accountability and by recognizing the benefits and the need for participating in lifelong learning activities and civic and community programs.