College Competencies

The College has established these skill areas as the foundation of the educational experience at Champlain College, regardless of the student's major. The goal is to help the Champlain College graduate develop into an ethical self-guided learner:

Life is a process of continuous development — learning in its broadest sense never ends. Developing facility in the competencies helps Champlain graduates continue to grow and develop after college by giving them the tools to take charge of their own learning, to identify what they need to learn and how to do it. This self-directed learning is combined with the ability to examine one's own assumptions and obligations to others, and to act accordingly with autonomy, integrity and intention.

We believe that each of these skills is best developed through consistent practice, application and instruction. As a result, each faculty member is expected to design courses with these competencies in mind and incorporate instructional and developmental activities in these areas wherever possible and consistent with the goals of the course and program.

Champlain College Competencies
Technology and Information Literacy

The ability to find, store, evaluate and synthesize information to answer questions, develop new ones and create new content and knowledge in an ethical and socially responsible manner; the ability to use, manage, assess and understand technology

Science and Quantitative Literacy

The ability to interpret quantitative information, apply appropriate mathematical methods to solve quantitative problems and communicate solutions in the appropriate context; the ability to apply scientific methods to understand the natural world, to identify scientific aspects of daily life, and to evaluate the quality of scientific information on the basis of its source and the methods used for its generation


The ability to identify, formulate and communicate questions that guide investigation and reflection toward discovery; the ability to critically and thoroughly examine one's own assumptions and the assumptions of others


The ability to separate and organize complex topics or issues into their component parts, and through a systematic process, to identify and differentiate those components to gain an understanding of the topic or issue


The ability to move from making simple connections among ideas, disciplines and experiences, to synthesizing and transferring learning and data to new, complex situations


The ability to think, work and respond in ways characterized by a high degree of originality, divergent thinking and risk-taking; the ability to combine or synthesize existing ideas, images or expertise (or aspects of these) in ways that are original or that lead to unexpected results


The ability to use reading, thinking, writing and speaking to convey ideas, information and intentions effectively and in a manner that is appropriate to the topic, situation and audience; the ability to interpret accurately and critically the messages produced by others, and to respond appropriately


The ability to work inclusively and productively with a group toward a collective outcome; the ability to create an environment where each perspective is considered for the cooperative purpose of making progress toward common goals

Global and Cultural Understanding

The ability to interact respectfully and effectively in a variety of cultural contexts, to understand how one's actions affect both local and global communities, and to approach the world's most pressing and enduring issues thoughtfully and collaboratively

Revised College Competencies established June 2014

The pre-2014 College Competencies can be found here.