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.
COMMUNICATION AND EXPRESSION
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
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.
GLOBAL, CULTURAL, SOCIAL & ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS
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.