MTC Goal Areas

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MnTC Goal Area Assessment

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MnTC Goal 1: Written and Oral Communication

Students will be able to:

  1. Understand/demonstrate the writing and speaking processes through invention, organization, drafting, revision, editing and presentation.
  2. Participate effectively in groups with emphasis on listening, critical and reflective thinking, and responding.
  3. Locate, evaluate, and synthesize in a responsible manner material from diverse sources and points of view.
  4. Select appropriate communication choices for specific audiences.
  5. Construct logical and coherent arguments.
  6. Use authority, point-of-view, and individual voice and style in their writing and speaking.
  7. Employ syntax and usage appropriate to academic disciplines and the professional world.


MnTC Goal 2: Critical Thinking

Students will be able to:

  1. Gather factual information and apply it to a given problem in a manner that is relevant, clear, comprehensive, and conscious of possible bias in the information selected.
  2. Imagine and seek out a variety of possible goals, assumptions, interpretations, or perspectives which can give alternative meanings or solutions to given situations or problems.
  3. Analyze the logical connections among the facts, goals, and implicit assumptions relevant to a problem or claim; generate and evaluate implications that follow from them.
  4. Recognize and articulate the value assumptions which underlie and affect decisions, interpretations, analyses, and evaluations made by ourselves and others.

MnTC Goal 3: Natural Sciences

Students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of scientific theories.
  2. Formulate and test hypotheses by performing laboratory, simulation, or field experiments in at least two of the natural science disciplines. One of these experimental components should develop, in greater depth, students’ laboratory experience in the collection of data, its statistical and graphical analysis, and an appreciation of its sources of error and uncertainty.
  3. Communicate their experimental findings, analyses, and interpretations both orally and in writing.
  4. Evaluate societal issues from a natural science perspective, ask questions about the evidence presented, and make informed judgments about science-related topics and policies.

MnTC Goal 4: Mathematics / Logical Reasoning

Students will be able to:

  1. Illustrate historical and contemporary applications of mathematics/logical systems.
  2. Clearly express mathematical/logical ideas in writing.
  3. Explain what constitutes a valid mathematical/logical argument (proof).
  4. Apply higher-order problem-solving and/or modeling strategies.

MnTC Goal 5: History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences

Students will be able to:

  1. Employ the methods and data that historians and social and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition.
  2. Examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods and cultures.
  3. Use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories.
  4. Develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.

MnTC Goal 6: The Humanities–the Arts, Literature, and Philosophy

Students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate awareness of the scope and variety of works in the arts and humanities.
  2. Understand those works as expressions of individual and human values within an historical and social context.
  3. Respond critically to works in the arts and humanities.
  4. Engage in the creative process or interpretive performance.
  5. Articulate an informed personal reaction to works in the arts and humanities.

MnTC Goal 7: Human Diversity

Students will be able to:

  1. Understand the development of and the changing meanings of group identities in the United States’ history and culture.
  2. Demonstrate an awareness of the individual and institutional dynamics of unequal power relations between groups in contemporary society.
  3. Analyze their own attitudes, behaviors, concepts and beliefs regarding diversity, racism, and bigotry.
  4. Describe and discuss the experience and contributions (political, social, economic, etc.) of the many groups that shape American society and culture, in particular those groups that have suffered discrimination and exclusion.
  5. Demonstrate communication skills necessary for living and working effectively in a society with great population diversity.

MnTC Goal 8: Global Perspective

Students will be able to:

  1. Describe and analyze political, economic, and cultural elements which influence relations of states and societies in their historical and contemporary dimensions.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of cultural, social, religious and linguistic differences.
  3. Analyze specific international problems, illustrating the cultural, economic, and political differences that affect their solution.
  4. Understand the role of a world citizen and the responsibility world citizens share for their common global future.

MnTC Goal 9: Ethical and Civic Responsibility

Students will be able to:

  1. Examine, articulate, and apply their own ethical views.
  2. Understand and apply core concepts (e.g. politics, rights and obligations, justice, liberty) to specific issues.
  3. Analyze and reflect on the ethical dimensions of legal, social, and scientific issues.
  4. Recognize the diversity of political motivations and interests of others.
  5. Identify ways to exercise the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.

MnTC Goal 10: People and the Environment

Students will be able to:

  1. Explain the basic structure and function of various natural ecosystems and of human adaptive strategies within those systems.
  2. Discern patterns and interrelationships of bio-physical and socio-cultural systems.
  3. Describe the basic institutional arrangements (social, legal, political, economic, religious) that are evolving to deal with environmental and natural resource challenges.
  4. Evaluate critically environmental and natural resource issues in light of understandings about interrelationships, ecosystems, and institutions.
  5. Propose and assess alternative solutions to environmental problems.
  6. Articulate and defend the actions they would take on various environmental issues.