Philosophy of General Education
General education courses enhance academic skills, reasoning capability and general knowledge required for continued learning and advancement in students' professional and personal lives. Students will demonstrate increased proficiency in communicating effectively in written and oral forms; in critical thinking and problem solving to address situations described verbally, graphically, symbolically, or numerically; in identifying, accessing and evaluating information and materials; in gaining knowledge of self; and in exhibiting tolerance of and respect for diversity in human abilities, cultures, age and beliefs. Proficiency in written and oral communication is crucial in daily life, as is the ability to fully understand and appreciate oral and written expressions of others. Strengthening language skills, learning the value of research resources, and organizing thoughts into coherent oral and written communication enhance the student's participation in the workplace and in the world community. Critical thinking skills that expand the ability to decipher and apply needed information in problem-solving are important to success in the technological world. Quantitative skills linked to solid qualitative judgment help a student understand, adjust, and excel in a changing environment. The ability to gather, filter, and use the work, experience, and opinions of others is crucial to effectively performing personal and professional responsibilities. These skills in information technology foster independent thinking and lifelong learning. Understanding self while valuing others enhances one's ability to work within a team and to function effectively. This respect for self and for others is a critical component in today's workplace and interdependent, multicultural society.
Philosophy of Assessment
Manhattan Tech's faculty and staff are committed to a comprehensive institutional assessment program that promotes continuous improvement in all aspects of programs and services critical to the success of the college. Convinced that learning-oriented effectiveness is of primary importance in meeting the institution's mission, the faculty has placed an emphasis on the assessment of student learning. Manhattan Tech also recognizes the importance of assessment and improvement activities related to organizational structure. These activities, designed to complement the assessment of student learning and enhance the planning and implementation of strategic initiatives, as well as the operational functions of the College, must be included in a comprehensive plan. Demonstrating ongoing institutional improvement is significant to ensure the continuing success of the College. Manhattan Tech is strengthened by its ability to respond quickly and effectively to changing student and stakeholder needs through a systematic and well-practiced methodology involving assessment, evaluation, and action to address the identified opportunities for improvement. This allows the College to compete in an educational arena where prospective students have a myriad of options. In addition, as funding sources and legislative and accrediting organizations search for ways to enhance accountability among educational institutions, the documentation produced by this ongoing improvement process facilitates the reporting required for compliance with these regulatory and accrediting agencies.