Upon completing a degree and/or transfer preparation at Oxnard College, students will show evidence of ability in the following core competency areas:

  1. Independent Learning & Personal Responsibility: Students will demonstrate the necessary skills to realize their full potential academically, physically, socially, and emotionally. This will contribute to fulfilling their educational goals, entering and advancing in the workforce, and making lifestyle choices that promote personal well-being and lifelong learning. 
  2. Communication and Expression: Students will demonstrate the ability to listen, speak, read, write, and to communicate their thoughts and ideas effectively and appropriately, in oral, written, artistic, sign, and nonverbal forms of communication. Students will learn to communicate with receptivity and responsiveness to alternative ideas and cultural influences, in a wide variety of contexts. 
  3. Critical Thinking and Quantitative Reasoning: Students will demonstrate the ability to think critically, creatively, analytically, and logically, to assess ideas, formulate arguments, develop multiple perspectives, and solve problems as part of the creative process. For this purpose, they will assess the validity of both qualitative and quantitative evidence, and apply the scientific method, and diverse disciplinary approaches and perspectives. 
  4. Information Literacy: Students will demonstrate the ability to ask questions, seek answers, and identify, find, evaluate, apply, and acknowledge sources of information. They will use appropriate resources and technologies to locate, evaluate and incorporate the information with integrity, ethics, and honesty when developing supporting arguments and drawing conclusions.  As such, they will develop the ability to understand the legal, ethical, or social issues regarding the use of information, as may be expected from effective contributors, confident individuals, and responsible citizens. 
  5. Social Awareness and Diversity: Students will develop the ability to understand and appreciate the value and importance of social, cultural, economic, political, psychological, biological, and historical diversity and the diversity of human experience and thought, past and present, and to identify the benefits and respect the range of diversity. They will gain the ability work effectively with others of diverse backgrounds and beliefs, in local and global issues, with sensitivity to the diversity of individuals, groups, and cultures. They will learn the importance of the interconnectedness of global and local concerns. 
  6. Effective Citizenship and Civic Responsibility: Students will acquire the ability to recognize ethical principles, identify possible courses of action in response to ethical dilemmas, evaluate their consequences, and behave ethically and respectfully when working with others. They will develop the ethical parameters that enables them to transcend their individual needs providing service to others creating a positive impact upon the broader community – local, national, and global.