Critical Thinking Skills in the College Curriculum

Educational Policies Committee

One of the first difficulties encountered by curriculum committees throughout the state was the establishment of a definition of critical thinking broad enough to encompass college level courses throughout the academic and vocational/technical curriculum, as well as a definition that could apply to both content-based and skill-based courses. The Educational Policies Committee of the Academic Senate has prepared the following paper in order to provide a broad definition of critical thinking skills and to assist faculty in identifying some of the intellectual actions that constitute critical thinking in their courses.