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General Education

The General Education program provides a baseline of knowledge for students they can expand upon in their program level courses.

Oglala Lakota College students acquire degree-specific skills and knowledge while completing their program. In addition, OLC emphasizes other skills across all degree programs. This is what is meant by “general education.” OLC’s general education is guided by our unique mission and vision and expressed in one general education goal and eleven general education student learning outcomes. The learning outcomes are grouped into six core values: Disposition, written and oral communication, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking, technology, and diversity. OLC’s general education courses provide students with a foundation in these areas on which program-level courses expand.

General Education Mission

Oglala Lakota College General Education provides opportunities for students to acquire and apply the skills and disposition necessary to become life-long learners and contributing members of their diverse local and global communities through Wolakolkiciyapi.

Wolakolkiciyapi is a philosophical concept referring to a mutual agreement for continued peace and harmony within one’s life and community. It exemplifies Lakota virtues including compassion, bravery, fortitude, generosity, patience, humility, and wisdom.

General Education Goal

Students will exemplify Wolakolkiciyapi - learning Lakota ways of life in community.

Core Values and General Education Outcomes (GEO)

Skills, knowledge, and disposition that all OLC graduates should have by the time they complete their degree

GEO 1: Apply cultural values in a learning atmosphere

GEO 2: Communicate effectively in writing using both Lakota and English

GEO 3: Demonstrate oral communication skills in both Lakota and English

GEO 5: Examine concepts and theories across multiple contexts and disciplines

GEO 6: Critically review resource material

GEO 7: Develop ideas to address contemporary issues

GEO 8: Critically examine sovereignty

GEO 9: Demonstrate proficiency in the use of standard computer technologies

GEO 10: Examine the importance of diversity

GEO 11: Examine the contexts of Lakota social organizations, communities and global networks

GEO 4: Apply quantitative analytical skills.

GEO Assessment Reports Apply Now Meet The Faculty Documents