Thomas Edison State College
Thomas Edison State College provides flexible, high-quality, collegiate learning opportunities for self-directed adults, wherever they live or work.
Established in 1972, Thomas Edison State College is one of the oldest senior public institutions of higher education in the United States dedicated exclusively for adults. Today, we remain a national leader in the assessment of adult learning and a pioneer in the use of educational technologies to develop and deliver undergraduate and graduate degree programs for adults. We currently serve approximately 21,000 students throughout the world who complete online and independent study courses and prior learning assessment programs, including credit-by-exam and portfolio assessment. We also evaluate and award credit for military and professional training and serve thousands of students enrolled through partnerships with the U.S. military and corporations.
We look forward to continuing our work leveraging OERs to create competency-based degree programs that enable students to benefit from college-level knowledge acquired through open resources.
The course has been designed to give students the opportunity to explore the basic tools of critical reasoning and to empower them to think for themselves. The ability to think critically is of great value in helping to deal competently with ethical, social and political problems in the work situation and everyday life. In most humanities courses at universities lecturers expect students to understand cultural diversity, to critically evaluate information and knowledge claims and to make responsible decisions. However, students are rarely given the opportunity to acquire these abilities in a systematic way.