Definitions of LaGuardia Community College Core Competencies


Critical Literacy (written communication, critical thinking, and critical reading)

Critical Literacy is the ability to read, write, and think about texts in a reflective manner.  Developing critical literacy skills allows students to understand and think about the world around them and encourages them to investigate and interrogate societal institutions and issues.

Quantitative Reasoning

Quantitative Reasoning is the ability to apply mathematical concepts to real-life problem solving.  Developing quantitative reasoning skills allows students to read charts, and graphs, and use that data to consider real-life questions.

Oral Communication

Oral Communication is the effective interpretation, composition, and presentation of information, ideas, and values verbally. Developing oral communications skills allows students to become effective communicators on-campus, in the work place and in their communities.

Research and Information Literacy

Research and Information Literacy is the ability to recognize when information is needed and to locate, evaluate, and use it effectively.  Developing research and information literacy skills allows students to understand how to get information and how to use the information they find in responsible and effective ways.

Technological Literacy

Technological Literacy is the ability to understand and responsibly use technology.  Developing technological literacy skills allows students to use technology for a variety of academic and personal purposes.


Core Competencies were proposed and decided upon by the Academic Chairs and subsequently approved by college governence.