70-230 11/18/04 General Education Philosophy and Outcome Goals (Policy) Wolakolkiciyapi, learning the Lakota way of life in community, and the general education core of Oglala Lakota College provide opportunities for students to acquire and apply the skills and tools to demonstrate and gain knowledge. Students will become effective life-long learners and healthy contributing members of their diverse local and global communities. Oglala Lakota College is committed to providing the opportunity for students to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to appreciate and understand: Ø The Historical and contemporary context of multi-cultural and cross-cultural diversity that shape human societies, polities, cultures, and their interrelatedness. Ø The physical/natural world, as well as the scientific, mathematical and indigenous concepts, theories, principals and resources, that help explain the world. Ø The intellectual, cultural, and artistic achievements of the Lakota and other cultures of the world. Ø The principles of wellness for living a healthy life: physically, emotionally and spiritually. Ø The impact of modern technology on our lives, societies and environments. Ø The development of a personal value system based on Lakota perspectives and globally accepted moral and ethical principles. General Education Learning Outcome Goals Goal 1. Students will have skills to acquire new knowledge (Reading, Listening, Research). As a result of taking courses related to this goal, students will: 1. Identify facts, themes, suppositions and conclusions from the written and spoken expression of others. 2. Identify needed information to address questions of interest, and locate needed information in printed, electronic and oral traditional resources. Goal 2. Students will communicate effectively in writing and speaking. As a result of taking courses related to this goal, students will: 1. Write clearly using standard English conventions in spelling, grammar, punctuation and word usage. 2. Construct essays and research papers having effective organization and use of references relevant to an assigned or chosen topic. 3. Present ideas, opinions or persuasive statements clearly and effectively in spoken form. 4. Communicate basic ideas in spoken Lakota Language. Goal 3. Students will understand and apply mathematical principles and methods. As a result of taking courses related to this goal, students will: 1. Use mathematical symbolism and mathematical structure to model and solve problems. 2. Communicate in mathematical terms. 3. Order and analyze quantitative information to make judgments or real world situations. Goal 4. Students will utilize technology in learning, problem solving, and communication. As a result of taking courses related to this goal, students will: 1. Produce documents using word processing software. 2. Communicate with others via computers. 3. Analyze numerical information using appropriate software. 4. Locate needed information using computer platforms. Goal 5. Students will understand the structures, possibilities and interrelatedness of diverse societies. As a result of taking courses meeting this goal, students will: 1. Identify and explain basic concepts, terminology and theories of selected social science disciplines. 2. Apply selected social science concepts and theories to contemporary issues. 3. Identify, explain and apply Lakota concepts of community to contemporary issues. Goal 6. Students will understand the fundamental principles of the natural sciences and Lakota explanations of the natural world, and apply scientific methods of inquiry to investigate the natural world. As a result of taking courses meeting this goal, students will: 1. Gather and critically evaluate data using the scientific method. 2. Identify and explain the basic concepts, terminology and theories of the selected natural sciences. 3. Apply selected natural science concepts and theories to contemporary issues. 4. Identify and explain Lakota perspectives of the natural world and apply this perspective to contemporary issues. Goal 7. Students will understand and appreciate Lakota values and culture, and the diversity and complexity of human experience. As a result of taking courses meeting this goal, students will: 1. Identify and explain Lakota aesthetic, philosophical, ethical and/or spiritual views. 2. Identify and explain social or aesthetic values of different cultures. 3. Identify and explain the contributions of Lakota culture to other cultures.
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