Essential Learning Outcomes
Nine Essential Learning Outcomes are developed through all the required courses in the General Education Program and in subsequent courses in a student’s major. Students have multiple opportunities to exercise and strengthen these skills throughout their University career, building the foundation for a successful professional and personal life.
1. Development of consciousness
Graduates are able to display a healthy and optimal quality of life that allows them to get through their daily activities without undue fatigue or physical stress. This outcome is measured through a standardized assessment developed by the Centers For Disease Control.
- Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)
3. Holistic thinking
Graduates are able to apply unifying principles within and across disciplines to synthesize ideas, integrate divergent perspectives, and understand what they have learned in light of their own consciousness. This outcome is assessed in the Senior Project, where students reflect on their work using the integrating principles that emerged in the process.
- Assessment: American Association of Colleges and Universities (AACU) Integrative
Thinking VALUE Rubric, as revised by University faculty
Graduates are able to combine or synthesize existing ideas, images, or expertise in original, imaginative ways characterized by innovation, divergent thinking, and risk taking. This outcome can be measured as a dimension of any product which requires originality and imagination, going beyond what is given and creating something new.
- Assessment: AACU Creative Thinking VALUE Rubric
5. Critical thinking
Graduates are able to evaluate their confidence in a thesis or judgment on the basis of logic, reliable evidence, ethical values, and openness to alternative assumptions and points of view. This outcome is measured in classroom and institutional assessments of critical thinking, scientific reasoning, and logical analysis; classroom debates and presentations; and research papers or other writing where students argue for a position.
- Assessment: A campus-developed rubric
Graduates are able to listen to and express, ideas, feelings, and information in speech, text, and other media. This outcome is measured through classroom or standardized measures of oral presentations, in-class writing, reports, research papers, and multi-media presentations.
- Assessment: AACU: Rubric for written communication and a campus-developed rubric for oral presentations
7. Problem solving
desired goal. In mathematics and the sciences this goal is often practical or knowledge-oriented, in the arts often expressive or aesthetic. This outcome is measured through any challenge to students where there is no standard formula or protocol to be applied. It is assessed by analyzing the process students apply together with the quality of the end product.
- Assessment: AACU: Problem Solving VALUE Rubric
8. Teamwork and leadership
Graduates are able to contribute to a group task while facilitating the contributions of diverse teammates in a constructive team climate. This outcome is assessed in any group assignment where teammates evaluate their own or each other’s contributions or where the teacher observes and rates individual contributions and group interaction.
- Assessment: AACU Teamwork VALUE Rubric, with an additional criterion for leadership
9. Local and global citizenship
Graduates are able to act in the local arena — with a global perspective — to address world economic, cultural, social, and environmental challenges. This outcome is assessed in any practical service or problem-solving activity or simulation where students’ thoughts and actions affect the wider world.
- Assessment: AACU Global Learning VALUE Rubric