Learning goals

Goals designed to help you gain a greater understanding of key subjects vital to your education

An education that demands more, helps you become more

Our goal is to help you successfully reach your academic and professional aspirations and equip you with the skills you need to make a difference in your workplace and in your community. The University Learning Goals—the essence of the University education—are incorporated throughout our academic programs, curriculum and instruction.

As a graduate, you’ll become proficient in specific disciplinary knowledge and be able to apply this knowledge immediately in real-world settings. You’ll demonstrate values and ethics appropriate to your area of study and engage in lifelong learning to remain competent in your professional field.

Apply real-world knowledge to the world around you.

You’ll learn relevant material you can apply immediately to your workplace. And, you’ll become a lifelong learner who continues to remain current and competitive in your field.

As a graduate, you will be able to reason clearly and critically. You will be a problem solver, able to identify and evaluate problems, utilize critical-thinking skills to recommend alternative solutions, select and implement a solution and analyze the consequences and outcomes.

Dare to think of new solutions to the biggest challenges.

You’ll gain critical-thinking and problem-solving skills you can use in the classroom and on the job. You’ll learn how to evaluate challenging situations, find innovative solutions and analyze the results.

As a graduate, you will be able to communicate verbally and in writing in a clear, concise and correct manner. You will use proper grammar and punctuation. You will analyze the needs of your audience, adjust the content of messages, choose from a variety of communication tools and deliver your message accordingly.

Communicate with clarity, meaning and impact.

Knowing how to write clearly and communicate effectively is essential at work and in life. You’ll learn how to be an intelligent communicator who can reach out to your co-workers, potential employers and community members.

As a graduate, you will be able to effectively access and use information. You will research issues, gather information from a variety of sources, analyze the plausibility and accuracy of information and utilize it appropriately to address issues or inform action.

Make information work for you.

When you know where to find the right information and how to use that information, you’ll be more knowledgeable about the issues and better prepared to present an argument or pitch a concept.

As a graduate, you will work effectively in diverse groups and teams. You will be a collaborator, able to function well within a team as both a leader and a follower. You will embrace diversity and treat others with respect.

Work together to develop more powerful ideas.

You’ll learn there is strength in numbers, whether you’re working on a team as a student or as a professional. Through active collaboration, you’ll gain valuable experience and insight from the people around you—who will also challenge you to grow as an individual and as a team member.

Mission

The General Education Mission is to provide undergraduate students with a foundation for lifelong learning through integrative, cumulative, and interdisciplinary courses that foster the development of critical and creative thinking, problem-solving skills, effective communication, quantitative and informational literacy, the application of science and technology, and a capacity for ethical reasoning, with the ultimate goal of equipping our students to succeed in a diverse global environment.

General Education Student Learning Outcomes

1. Students will apply scientific reasoning & knowledge & use basic research methods in science to explain key concepts in the physical and life sciences

2. Students will develop the necessary writing skills to share knowledge, present analysis, & engage effectively in daily workplace communication

3. Students will employ appropriate technology to collect, analyze, synthesize, and disseminate information

4. Students will use mathematical principles to interpret & represent information in various mathematical forms & perform computation & quantitative analyses to solve problems & draw appropriate conclusions.

5. Students will incorporate essential knowledge, theories, and research methods in social sciences, history, and behavioral sciences to analyze and propose solutions for social, political, and economic problems.

6. Students will use information literacy principles to locate and evaluate information for relevancy, reliability, and currency.

7. Students will evaluate the role of diversity, including culture, class, ethnicity, and gender identity, in human affairs.

8. Students will analyze works of art and literature as aesthetic and cultural expressions of specific historical and social contexts to demonstrate artistic involvement in society.