CNM Philosophy on General Education
CNM maintains that the general education component of each degree or certificate program is critical in preparing students to live in and contribute to a dynamic, complex and multicultural world.
- In support of this philosophy, CNM is committed to providing student learning experiences that develop abilities such as critical thinking, communication (written and oral), application of technology, life skills and teamwork.
- In addition, the college provides coursework that allows students to explore the modes of inquiry for the major disciplines and to have learning experiences that allow them to broaden their educational base.
General education allows students to gain an appreciation of the creative arts, understand multicultural and diverse perspectives, articulate the human condition, analyze the natural world through mathematics and science, and make meaningful and ethical decisions.
CNM intends that students who complete the general education requirement will possess the knowledge and mental skills essential to their development as an individual and global citizen.
CNM has identified five core competencies that all CNM associate degree graduates will demonstrate upon completion of a program of study at CNM. These competencies represent the most deeply held values of the college. They help ensure that our graduates will be informed and committed citizens, valued employees and fully prepared transfer students. Read more.
Life Skills: Students’ personal behavior will demonstrate the ability to make reasoned judgments, to be responsible for commitments and to understand the viewpoints of others. This includes professionalism, work ethic and citizenship.
Technology: Students will understand the limits, problems and possibilities associated with the use of technology and will have the tools necessary to evaluate and learn new technologies as they become available. This includes the ability to use computer-based technology to communicate, solve problems and acquire information.
Interpersonal Skills/Teamwork: Students will work and interact with others at a personal, professional and global level, demonstrating respect for individual and cultural differences while practicing civility, honesty and personal responsibility.
Critical Thinking: Students will demonstrate the ability to engage in the process of defining tasks and evaluating problems through the examination of information, application of computation skills and reflection on ideas for the purpose of reaching decisions.
Communication: Students will read, write, listen and use verbal skills to organize and communicate ideas and information in personal and group settings.
All programs of study at CNM have identified that graduates will demonstrate upon completion of their programs of study. These competencies are consistent with employer expectations in the workplace.
Together, the exit competencies and core competencies will ensure that CNM graduates demonstrate the necessary knowledge, skills and behaviors to be contributors to the workforce and society. These competencies represent an assurance to students and employers that programs are providing quality teaching and learning experiences at CNM.
CNM is dedicated to ensuring that all academic courses and curricula meet the highest level of relevancy and excellence. Thus, we are collectively committed to assessing student academic achievement of all core and program competencies by systematically reviewing data and improving curricula when needed. CNM conducts assessment activities in compliance with our accrediting body, the Higher Learning Commission, which requires students to participate in forums, portfolios, testing and surveys.
CNM is accredited to grant certificates and associate of applied science, associate of arts and associate of science degrees by The Higher Learning Commission, a commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.