In a report from the National Leadership Council for Liberal Education and America’s Promise (2007), it was noted that college students are wholly underperforming in critical thinking and reasoning. Business leaders mirror that concern when they list critical thinking as one of the top applied skills (defined as using basic knowledge acquired in school to perform in the workplace) necessary for conducting business, yet find that only 3.7% of community college graduates can demonstrate it at an “excellent” level and 22.8% are considered “deficient” (The Conference Board, 2006).
“Employers are calling with new urgency for graduates who are broadly prepared and who also possess the analytical and practical skills that are essential both for innovation and for organizational effectiveness . . . curriculum needs to help students develop . . . leadership, teamwork, problem solving, time management, communication and analytical thinking” (National Leadership Council for Liberal Education and America’s Promise, 2007, p. 16).
Critical thinking at Victoria College is a student’s ability to apply both qualitative and quantitative skills analytically and creatively to subject matter to evaluate arguments and to construct alternative strategies.
To measure critical thinking, VC conducted the ETS Proficiency Profile on campus. Results indicated prior to implementing SEAL were as follows:
OPERATION: SEAL the DEAL
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will focus on improving this skill with learner-centered approaches that engage students through active learning.