CPCC General Education Goals

CPCC recognizes that higher education must provide students with the critical knowledge and skills required for academic, career, and personal success.  The Critical Core refers to student competency in the following areas: critical thinking, communication, personal growth and cultural literacy, and information technology and quantitative literacy, and reflects the alignment of the General Education Foundation and the CORE4 in an explicit manner that articulates the teaching and evaluation of these competencies.

The General Education Foundation (the core general education requirement within all degree programs) introduces students to a variety of disciplines that provides exposure to different ways of thinking and interacting with the world, through which students attain an understanding of self, society, global issues, and civic engagement. As a part of the General Education Foundation, students are exposed to foundational discipline content and an initial key indicator reflective of the Critical Core competencies.

CORE4 builds upon the skills attained in the General Education Foundation and articulates that all degree programs will ensure that courses required in a degree program provide students an opportunity for expanded exposure to the CRITICAL CORE competencies, by assuring alignment of courses to at least one additional different key indicator, per Critical Core competency. Key Indicators for CORE4 competencies are different from those aligned with courses included in the General Education Foundation, thus ensuring expanded exposure to and proficiency in the CRITICAL CORE competencies. The CORE4 intentionally integrates the teaching and learning of Critical Thinking, Communication, Personal Growth and Cultural Literacy, and Information Technology and Quantitative Literacy competencies into all courses in order to prepare students for a successful transition to the workforce or continuation of their education.


Communication (Written and Oral)   
Definition: The ability to develop and effectively express, in written and oral form, ideas that are appropriate to audience and purpose

Critical Thinking                
Definition: The ability to interpret, analyze, synthesize, or evaluate information, issues, and ideas, and apply create thought to formulate an opinion, solve a problem, or reach a conclusion

Personal Growth and Cultural Literacy

Definition: The ability to understand and manage self, to function effectively in social and professional environments, and to make reasoned judgments based on an understanding of the diversity of the world community

Information Technology and Quantitative Literacy

Definition: The ability to locate, understand, evaluate, and synthesize information and data in a technological and data-driven society