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NMHED General Education Common Core Competencies



Area I Communication Competencies
  • Analyze and evaluate oral and written communication in terms of situation, audience, purpose, aesthetics, and diverse points of view.

  • Express a primary purpose in a compelling statement and order supporting points logically and convincingly.

  • Use effective rhetorical strategies to persuade, inform and engage.

  • Employ writing and/or speaking processes such as planning, collaborating, organizing, composing, revising & editing to create presentations using correct diction, syntax, grammar and mechanics.

  • Integrate research correctly and ethically from credible sources to support the primary purpose of a communication.

  • Engage in reasoned civil discourse while recognizing the distinctions among opinions, facts, and inferences.


Area II Mathematics‐Algebra Competencies
  • Graph functions.

  • Solve various kinds of equations.

  • Demonstrate the use of function notation and perform operations on functions.

  • Model/solve real‐world problems.


Area II Mathematics‐Calculus I Competencies
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical, geometrical underpinnings of calculus.

  • Use concepts of function, limit, continuity, derivative, and integral.

  • Apply methods of calculus to optimization, graphing, and approximation.

  • Apply differential and integral calculus to problems in geometry, physics, and other fields.


Area II Mathematics-College Level Math Competencies
  • Display, analyze, and interpret data.

  • Demonstrate knowledge of problem‐solving strategies.

  • Construct valid mathematical explanations.

  • Display an understanding of the development of mathematics.

  • Demonstrate an appreciation for the extent, application, and beauty of mathematics.


Area III Laboratory Science Competencies Updated 10-7-10
  • Describe the process of scientific inquiry.

  • Solve problems scientifically.

  • Communicate scientific information.

  • Apply quantitative analysis to scientific problems.

  • Apply scientific thinking to real world problems.


Area IV Social/Behavioral Science Competencies
  • Identify, describe, and explain human behaviors and how they are influenced by social structures, institutions, and processes within the contexts of complex and diverse communities.

  • Articulate how beliefs, assumptions, and values are influenced by factors such as politics, geography, economics, culture, biology, history, and social institutions.

  • Describe ongoing reciprocal interactions among self, society, and the environment.

  • Apply the knowledge base of the social and behavioral sciences to identify, describe, explain, and critically evaluate relevant issues, ethical dilemmas, and arguments.



Area V Humanities and Fine Arts Competencies
  • Analyze and critically interpret significant primary texts and/or works of art (this includes fine art, literature, music, theatre, and film).

  • Compare art forms, modes of thought and expression, and processes across a range of historical periods and/or structures (such as political, geographic, economic, social, cultural, religious, intellectual).

  • Recognize and articulate the diversity of human experience across a range of historical periods and/or cultural perspectives.

  • Draw on historical and/or cultural perspectives to evaluate any or all of the following: contemporary problems/issues, contemporary modes of expression, and contemporary thought.



Fundamental Questions for Conversations on Student Learning from the Higher Learning Commission of the NCA