General Education Philosophy
General Education is the foundation for all degree and certificate programs at Navajo Technical University. It provides students with knowledge, skills, attributes, and values needed to learn actively, communicate clearly, think critically, creatively, and reflectively, and interact effectively in diverse environments. Through the Diné Philosophy of Education, the program helps students become independent, critical thinkers - competent in their chosen professions by possessing solid foundations in Diné Studies, English, mathematics, laboratory sciences, social and behavioral sciences, communication, and information technology.
General Education Learning Goals
By the time they graduate, students should be able to:
- Communicate Clearly: The ability and willingness to exchange ideas and information is essential to personal development, career, success, and social responsibility.
- Think Critically, Creatively, and Reflectively: Reason, creativity, and reflection are fundamental to problem solving and personal growth.
- Interact Effectively in Diverse Environments: Success in a global society requires cultural understanding of self that is sufficient for interaction with other physical and social environments.
- Learn Actively: Learning is a lifelong activity essential to personal growth and the ability to adapt to the challenges of an ever-increasing complex and competitive world.
General Education Assessment
Assessment of the General Education program takes place one goal/semester. Data summaries of direct and indirect measures are compiled on an annual basis by the University’s Offices of Assessment and Institutional Research. An annual summary that includes recommendations for General Education improvement is prepared by the Student Learning Committee and included in the University’s Annual Student Learning Report. Curriculum revisions as needed are designed by the Student Learning Committee and reviewed and approved by the Faculty Congress.
Normal Time to Completion
All NTU programs completion differ depending on the degree and credit hours. Factors such as remediation courses, financial aid, course offerings and availability, changing majors, need for employment, family respon-sibilities, and/or reducing course load can affect students’ time to complete a degree or certificate.
- A Certificate completion can take up to 3-4 semes-ters depending on placement and successful completion of courses.
- Associate degrees can take at least up to 6 academic semesters to complete if all courses are offered and completed successfully.
- Bachelor degrees can take up to 10 semesters if courses are all offered and completed successfully.
Students should meet with their academic and/or program advisor on a regular basis to determine status of certificate or degree completion according to the program curriculum and checklist.