the world, general education programs are shifting from courses that introduce
students to specific disciplines to courses that emphasize fundamental
intellectual competencies. UNF is the first university in the state to offer a
General Education program based on this approach. The external reviewer of our
program called it “cutting edge.”
the UNF General Education program provides students with opportunities to
acquire and reinforce key intellectual competencies that are the foundations of
the 21st-century skills necessary for success beyond college: writing effectively, thinking critically and analyzing and reasoning quantitatively and understanding how to use the scientific
These 21st-Century Skills are essential for success in the pursuit
of the more advanced learning offered in the major and the still more
specialized study at the graduate level. They are also essential preparation for participating in the technologically advancing world economy. As former Yale University Board member has said: "The future of a country like the U.S. rests on our ability to master how technology interacts with how humans live, work and play. And that depends on skills fostered by the liberal arts, such as creativity, aesthetic sensibility and social political and phsychological insight" (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/20/digital-liberal-arts-zakaria_n_7048496.html).
On virtually every
survey of what employers seek in job applicants, the top-listed abilities
include writing and communicating well; obtaining, analyzing, critically evaluating, and processing information;analyzing quantitative data; and solving problems.
(See, for example, what the American Psychological Association has to say: http://www.apa.org/ed/precollege/psn/2013/09/job-applicants.aspx.)
competencies equip students for success in an increasingly networked world that
relies on the ability to communicate expertly combined with highly developed
skills in analyzing complex problems, scrutinizing their implications, and
arriving at smart solutions.
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