Western Wyoming Community College has identified five essential skills that will
help you adapt to the changing demands of the 21st century. You will have
opportunities both in and out of the classroom to develop these abilities. We will assess how well you have
mastered these skills throughout your academic career:
Retrieve and evaluate information
See issues from multiple perspectives
Think critically, analyze, and solve problems
Develop life skills
To communicate competently requires you to develop skills in reading, writing,
listening, and speaking. During your time at Western, you will learn to:
Employ the conventions of standard English grammar, punctuation, and sentence
structure in oral presentations or college-level writing assignments.
Use appropriate structure to deliver oral presentations or college-level
writing assignments with a clear thesis statement or hypothesis.
Gather evidence and synthesize information from published work, lectures, or
interviews to support the logical, stated conclusion in an oral presentation or
college-level writing assignment.
Present information in a visual form using charts, graphs, or other visual
Engage in appropriate academic dialogue that expresses opinions respectfully
and demonstrates comprehension of the topic at hand.
Retrieve and Evaluate Information: Information, Technology, and Media
In a world of rapidly expanding knowledge, the ability to retrieve and evaluate
information is critical to success. During your time at Western, you will learn
Use appropriate technology to strategically search for, select, and evaluate
multiple formats and sources of information for their authority, accuracy,
credibility, and relevance.
Distinguish fact from opinion, hypotheses from theories, and identify anecdotal
evidence as well as logical fallacies.
Recognize and interpret different forms of visual, auditory, and observable
communication such as works of fine and performing art, graphs or diagrams, text,
Document sources by following a system of citation appropriate to the
See Issues from Multiple Perspectives
Seeing issues from multiple perspectives is imperative in a global and diverse
society. At Western, you will learn to:
Describe the social and ethical responsibilities of the individual in
Interact respectfully with persons of different ethnicities, ages, abilities,
economic statuses, languages, religions, cultures, gender identities, sexual
Describe how the contributions of fine arts, film, literature, and performing
arts influence the human experience.
Describe how interactions among social, economic, political, cultural,
environmental, historical, and biological factors affect the individual, society,
and the environment.
Engage in and contribute to the improvement of the campus, the community, the
state, and the world.
Think Critically, Analyze, and Solve Problems
The ability to analyze a problem, think critically about it, and develop a strategy
to solve it is one that requires higher-level reasoning. At Western, you will learn
Identify issues, problems, assumptions, or questions being asked.
Analyze and synthesize information to draw conclusions, propose solutions,
identify possible consequences of those solutions, and make recommendations.
Apply quantitative and qualitative analysis to interpret data.
Apply appropriate and varied methods to solve problems.
Employ concepts and scientific methods to form and test hypotheses.
Develop Life Skills: Personal, Academic, and Professional Development
"Life skills" include a diverse group of strengths and strategies that help an
individual develop personally, mentally, emotionally, physically, and
professionally. At Western, you will learn to:
Develop and implement a plan, then evaluate progress toward achieving personal
and professional growth and development.
Identify and use available resources to support mental, emotional, and physical
Accept the consequences of personal decisions regarding choices related to
attendance, time management, and academic integrity.
Establish and maintain effective relationships by treating others with respect