Core Competencies

Graduates of Massasoit Community College will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively using writing, reading, listening and speaking skills.
  • Think critically, creatively, and logically about ideas, texts and real-world problems.
  • Understand the role of an active citizen and participate in their communities in constructive ways that demonstrate respect for differing cultures and values.
  • Effectively locate, analyze, and ethically apply information using technology and other resources.
  • Use quantitative concepts to evaluate, interpret, and problem-solve across disciplines.
  • Build connections among ideas and experiences across and beyond the curriculum.

Massasoit Community College’s core competencies are arranged into eight categories based on the AAC&U LEAP VALUE Rubrics (http://www.aacu.org/value-rubrics).

Each of these categories includes several dimensions.  These are the elements Massasoit will examine when looking at student work across the college.  The AAC&U LEAP VALUE Rubrics provide the initial basis for assessing these dimensions. The terms and categories below are taken directly from the corresponding LEAP Value Rubrics listed above.

Written CommunicationContext of and purpose of writing; content development; genre and disciplinary conventions; sources and evidence; control of syntax and mechanics
Quantitative LiteracyInterpretation; representation; calculation; application analysis; assumptions; communication
Oral CommunicationOrganization; language; delivery; supporting material; central message
Information LiteracyDetermine the extent of information needed; access the needed information; evaluate information and its sources critically; use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose; access and use information ethically and legally
Critical and Creative ThinkingExplanation of issues; evidence; influence of context and assumptions; student’s position; conclusion and related outcomes; acquiring competencies; taking risks; solving problems; embracing contradictions; innovative thinking; connecting, synthesizing, transforming
Civic EngagementDiversity of communities and cultures; analysis of knowledge; civic identity and commitment; civic communication; civic action and reflection; civic contexts/structures
Integrative LearningConnections to experience; connections to discipline; transfer; integrated communication; reflection and self-assessment
Global Learning

Global self-awareness; perspective taking; cultural diversity; personal and social responsibility; understanding global systems; applying knowledge to contemporary global contexts

Reprinted with permission from "VALUE: Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education."  Copyright 2014 by the Association of American Colleges and Universities.