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The Framework for Essential Learning

Grossmont College Framework for Essential Learning


Below is the Grossmont College framework for essential learning that outlines the knowledge, skills, abilities, and habits of mind that a student has attained as a result of his or her engagement in the college learning experience (in pursuit of transfer, a degree, a certificate, or skill building). 




Integrative and Applied Learning


(Synthesis and advanced application of general and specialized knowledge, as well as skills and responsibilities, to new settings and complex problems.)


Knowledge of Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World

Broad, Integrative Knowledge

Involves students (through general education courses) in the practices of core fields ranging from the physical and social sciences through humanities and the arts.  Encourages the creative integration of such knowledge with students' specialized interests.

Specialized Knowledge

Involves a discipline-specific (major) field of study in which a student exhibit increasing levels of mastery of core theories and practices, as well as terminology.


Intellectual and Practical Skills

(Practiced extensively, across the curriculum, in the context of progressively more challenging problems, projects, and standards for performance)

  • Communication (written and oral) fluency
  • Use of information resources
  • Quantitative and analytical literacy
  • Critical and creative inquiry
  • Teamwork and problem solving


Personal and Social Responsibility

(Anchored by engaging with diverse communities and real-world challenges)

  • Productive citizenry (civic knowledge and engagement)
  • Intercultural knowledge and competence
  • Ethical reasoning and action
  • Foundations and skills for lifelong learning



Last Updated: 05/20/2015
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