Communication Uses oral and written communication skills effectively, resulting in the use of standard English to present original thought; utilizes verbal and non-verbal responses; organizes and presents material to specific audiences; and persuades in one-to-one and one-to-many idea exchanges. Students competent in communication skills demonstrate the ability to respond in a clear and concise manner; use a variety of communication methods to inform and persuade different audiences; and exhibit proficient and effective use of the English language. Critical Thinking Applies higher order analytic and creative cognitive processes to arrive at reasoned and supportable conclusions; synthesizes and applies knowledge within and across courses and disciplines; and develops creative solutions. Students competent in critical thinking demonstrate the ability to process ideas and thoughts; develop evidence-based arguments; and explore problems through specific and aligned procedures in order to reach sound conclusions expressed in a concise and organized format. Information Literacy and Technology Locates, identifies, collects, organizes, analyzes, and interprets data to make sound decisions; and utilizes information and technology to solve a variety of problems for academic, professional, and personal purposes. Students competent in information literacy and technology demonstrate the ability to collect and analyze data; interpret results to create solutions for problems; evaluate the reliability of information, and make sound decisions through the use of technology. Quantitative Reasoning Applies mathematical techniques to problem solving; identifies differences among scientific ideas related to the history or nature of science, such as ethics, values, and public policies; and identifies relationships between science and technology. Students competent in mathematical and scientific processes demonstrate the application of quantitative reasoning skills in the context of various disciplines; the ability to interpret and apply mathematical and scientific theory and equations to appropriate problems; and the ability to utilize graphs, charts, and data to make evidence-based decisions. Social and Cultural Awareness Discerns social and cultural responsibility as represented by ethical engagement within academic, local, regional, state, and international communities. Students competent in social and cultural awareness exhibit ethical awareness in various disciplines; demonstrate appreciation for diverse cultures and competing perspectives; and evaluate differences and commonalities among social and cultural practices.