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Student Learning Outcomes in the Core Curriculum

First Year Experience

Tier I

Tier II

Tier III


First Year Experience Learning Outcomes
Students will be able to: 
  • Demonstrate technological literacy by documenting required course elements.
  • Express themselves in meaningful ways.
  • Actively participate in a learning community.
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Critical Reading, Thinking, Writing Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to write while demonstrating understanding of and facility with:

  • Argument and analysis
  • Rhetorical situation
  • Organization
  • Sources
  • Style and mechanics
  • Critical Thinking
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Creative Arts Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Describe techniques, processes and concepts that creative artists use in their work
  • Discuss personal encounters with the creative arts within broader historical and cultural contexts
  • Articulate the significance of the creative arts, artistic expression and experience in today's world
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Human Heritage Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Apply critical and comparative approaches to primary and secondary sources;
  • Draw valid conclusions from documentary evidence and evaluate the significance of such conclusions;
  • Evaluate the significance of events, ideas, or circumstances in a given text both within their own and contemporary contexts.
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Self and Society Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Identify and compare the values and assumptions of particular social settings and cultural contexts;
  • Utilize inter-disciplinary perspectives, theories and/or social science methods to analyze significant social issues;
  • Develop and present an analysis of the multiple factors that explain an individual's relationship to society.
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Science and Technology Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of natural science content.
  • Apply content knowledge to solve problems and make informed decisions.
  • Communicate scientific findings orally and/or in writing.
  • Interpret and generate graphs from scientific data.
  • Apply scientific practices to test a hypothesis or answer a question.
  • Find media (e.g., popular or scholarly literature) focusing on scientific topics and evaluate the reliability of the source.
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Capstone Experience Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Acquire and evaluate information from multiple and varied information sources that integrates two or more Tier II domains;
  • Apply academic learning to the context of contemporary local and/or global communities;
  • Investigate and analyze complex problems/issues and draw reasoned conclusions, providing comprehensive support for those conclusions;
  • Effectively communicate ideas, solutions, and plans through a variety of media that must include a substantial writing component;
  • Work effectively in collaboration with fellow students and/or community entities to create a product that demonstrates the student is able to connect academic learning and critical thinking skills with problems in the context of today’s world.  
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