NOC has identified the following five areas as general education competencies for graduates:
- Critical Thinking
- Communication Skills
- Cultural and Societal Awareness
- Mathematical and Scientific Reasoning
- Consumer and Personal Wellness
In a plan developed in the 2008-2009 academic year, faculty voted on at least one course each, required for all transfer degrees, through which to assess each of the competencies above. After several years of tracking success rates on all of these competencies and making curriculum adjustments as indicated, the Assessment Committee voted to expand its general education measures by identifying courses across all gen ed areas in which to assess the competencies. Critical Thinking became the general education focal point for 2015-2016 with each competency to be integrated across the curriculum and assessed on a rotating cycle.