The Communication Department's General Education Program focuses on skill development vital to the success and lifelong learning of all Oregon Institute of Technology students, including written, oral, visual, interpersonal, intercultural, group, and team skills. Students learn to research and communicate technical concepts and information professionally and ethically. Through general education courses, students are also prepared to succeed in increasingly global and diverse settings and for their roles as citizens, professionals, and critical thinkers.

Educational Objectives

The program prepares students to:

  • Communicate effectively, both individually and as members of a team.
  • Solve communication problems critically and ethically.
  • Effectively negotiate differences, whether disciplinary, professional, political, personal, or cultural.
  • Continue lifelong and self-directed learning.

Expected Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will demonstrate these learning outcomes:

  1. Effective written communication.
  2. Effective oral communication.
  3. Effective visual communication.
  4. Critical thinking.
  5. Effective source use.
  6. The ability to work effectively in teams.
  7. Cultural awareness.

Summary of Student Learning Outcomes

During the 2014-15 academic year, the Communication faculty formally assessed the student learning outcomes summarized in the attached annual report. Additional details can be found in department assessment records.