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Core Abilities

Update: An action research project is currently underway to re-imagine core abilities--now called "Core Workforce Skills." These soft skills are repeatedly noted as important to local employers; the project aims to document student achievement of the skills. Visit the Big 6 #4  project page to learn more. 

What are they?

  • Core workforce skills validated by local industry representatives
  • Macro, transferable outcomes that go beyond the context of a specific course, program, or discipline

Why use them?

  • Meet the documented needs of local employers
  • Prepare students to work effectively in a diverse and global job market

How do we assess them?

  • Map their use throughout programs and courses
  • Consider common assessment rubrics to capture reliable evidence of student performance
  • Consider using a Self-Assessment Tool


See the College's 2009 list here (PDF, 58 KB)