Jun 18, 2024  
2017-18 Catalog 
2017-18 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Institutional Learning Goals

Beginning in school, and continuing at successively higher levels across their college studies, students should prepare for twenty-first-century challenges by gaining proficiency in the following areas:

Learning Goal
Achieved Through
How Practiced

Knowledge Icone 

Knowledge of Human Cultures and the Physical World

  • Study in the sciences and mathematics, the social sciences, the humanities, the histories, the languages and the arts
  • Participation in co-curricular programs and activities
By engagement with big questions, both contemporary and enduring

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Intellectual and Practical Skills

  • Knowledge acquisition and application
  • Inquiry and analysis
  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Written communication
  • Quantitative literacy
  • Information literacy
Across the curriculum and co-curriculum, in the context of progressively more challenging problems, projects and standards for performance

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Personal and Social Responsibility

  • Civic engagement
  • Intercultural knowledge and competence
  • Ethical reasoning and action
  • Humanitarianism
Through active involvement with diverse communities and real-world challenges


Understanding of Self

  • Intrapersonal development
  • Interpersonal competence
Through perseverance toward the accomplishment of educational and personal goals


Integrative Learning

  • Synthesis and advanced accomplishment
  • Across general and specialized studies
  • Within co-curricular activities
Through the application of knowledge, skills, and responsibilities to new settings and complex problems

Adapted from the Association of American Colleges and Universities’ Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP) Essential Learning Outcomes