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Miami Dade College - Learning Outcomes

All students who graduate from MDC-regardless of major or degree type-have ten things in common: the college-wide student learning outcomes. Developed after many conversations with students, faculty, alumni, and members of the business community, the outcomes are part of all programs regardless of major or degree type. They will assist you to succeed in your chosen field, to strengthen the life skills critical to your future, and to become a lifelong learner.

  1. Communications - Knowing what you've learned doesn't mean much if you can't express it. All students should be able to communicate well.
  2. Quantitative Analysis - Numbers are everywhere-from the calories in your favorite soda to political polls. All students should be able to process, understand, and accurately analyze numerical data.
  3. Critical/Creative Thinking and Scientific Reasoning-There's no guarantee that you'll know all the answers by the time you graduate, but you will develop the skills to think through a situation and arrive at a logical conclusion.
  4. Information Literacy-Why are there concerns about "Wikipedia" as an acceptable research tool? By the time you graduate, you'll know the pros and cons of using Internet resources and be able to locate relevant and accurate information resource.
  5. Global, Cultural, and Historical Perspectives-Thanks to the Worldwide Web and telecommunication, we are aware of many ways of life across the world. In order to succeed in this global society, students need to develop an appreciation of various cultures and an understanding of different points of view.
  6. Personal, Civic, and Social Responsibility-While at MDC, you'll develop skills to fulfill not only your personal responsibilities, but also your roles as citizens and members of a global community. For example, John Donne said, "No man is an island." Everything you do and say has an impact on those around you such as exercising your right to vote.
  7. Ethical Thinking-Prevalent among newspaper headlines from the past ten years are terms like "Stem Cell Research," "Cheating in High School," and "Euthanasia." Your course of study will help you develop strategies and values in ethical thinking to help you understand these and other controversial issues.
  8. Computer and Technology Usage-You can probably surf the net and send emails already, but there are many other powerful tools at your fingertips. Before you graduate, you will learn how to use word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentation programs as well.
  9. Aesthetic Appreciation-Appreciating the creative process is an essential part of being a well-rounded individual, whether it is Beethoven or Tupac.
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