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The Institutional Core Competency statements are a promise to the communities that support De Anza College that students graduating with an A.A. or A.S. degree, or who will transfer to a four-year college or university, will be able to demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attitudes contained within all of the five competency areas, based on general education and discipline-specific courses at the lower division level. Students who earn a certificate, or have taken courses for personal educational development, will be expected to demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attitudes specified within one or more of the five competency areas.
Students will communicate clearly, express themselves creatively, interpret thoughtfully and logically, and engage actively in dialogue and discussion, while paying attention to audience, situation and (inter) cultural context. Communication and expression may be written or oral, verbal or nonverbal, informational or artistic.
Students will recognize when information is needed and locate, critically evaluate, synthesize and communicate information in various formats. They will use appropriate resources and technologies while understanding the social, legal and ethical issues for information and its use.
PHYSICAL/MENTAL WELLNESS AND PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY Students will recognize lifestyles that promote physical and mental well-being, engage in self-reflection and ethical decision-making, explore career choices and life goals, practice effective individual and collaborative work habits, and demonstrate a commitment to ongoing learning.
CIVIC CAPACITY FOR GLOBAL, CULTURAL, SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE Students will recognize their role as local, national and global citizens. They will participate in a democratic process, respect social and cultural diversity, appreciate the complexity of the physical world, and understand the significance of both environmental sustainability and social justice.
Students will analyze arguments, create and test models, solve problems, evaluate ideas, estimate and predict outcomes based on underlying principles relative to a particular discipline, interpret literary, artistic, and scientific works, utilize symbols and symbolic systems, apply qualitative and quantitative analysis, verify the reasonableness of conclusions, explore alternatives, empathize with differing perspectives, and adapt ideas and methods to new situations.
– Adopted by the Academic Senate in spring 2009; updated spring 2014.
General Education (or GE) at De Anza College is intended to provide students with a diverse experience in disciplines both within and outside the students’ chosen field of study. The GE curriculum has been designed to include both breadth and depth in multiple disciplines, resulting in a well-rounded, multidimensional education.
All students graduating with an associate degree from De Anza will have completed this General Education curriculum, which will educate students to be intellectually curious critical thinkers and problem solvers, as well as individuals who are aware of the importance of maintaining lifelong physical and mental wellness, both for their own benefit and the benefit of the larger society. The GE curriculum also encourages students to be culturally and socially engaged members of their communities, possessing a multicultural awareness and sensitivity to diversity.
De Anza’s philosophy of General Education is closely related to the college Mission Statement and Institutional Core Competencies. The five major focus areas of General Education at De Anza are
■ Communication, expression, critical thinking and information literacy
■ Natural sciences
■ Arts and humanities
■ Social and behavioral sciences
■ Physical and mental wellness and
personal development
Students at De Anza College have guaranteed rights, and assume responsibilities, under applicable state and federal law and regulations derived from these statutes. These rights and responsibilities include protection of freedom of expression and protection against improper evaluation in the classroom; access to, safekeeping and confidentiality of records; rights of freedom of association, inquiry and expression; participation in student governance with corresponding responsibilities; and the exercise of the rights of citizenship off campus. De Anza College has the responsibility to establish disciplinary proceedings and applicable penalties, within the law, for the violation of college rules and regulations. The colleges shall also establish procedures for grievances and complaints in order to provide a means for resolving alleged unfair or improper action by any member of the academic community. Board Policy 5500
See Administrative Procedure 5500

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