Student Learning Outcomes

The University embraces the following definition of liberal education:

Liberal education is a philosophy of education that empowers individuals with broad knowledge and transferable skills, and a strong sense of values, ethics, and civic engagement. These broad goals have been enduring even as the courses and requirements that comprise a liberal education have changed over the years. Characterized by challenging encounters with important and relevant issues today and throughout history, a liberal education prepares graduates both for socially valued work and for civic leadership in their society. It usually includes a general education curriculum that provides broad exposure to multiple disciplines and ways of knowing, along with more in-depth study in at least one field or area of concentration.

Source: AAC&U Advocacy “What is a liberal education?”

Knowledge of Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World
Focused by engagement with big questions, both contemporary and enduring.

  • Through study in fine and performing arts, humanities, mathematics and science, and social science.

Skills, both Intellectual and Practical, including:
Practiced extensively, across the curriculum, in the context of progressively more challenging problems, projects and standards for performance.

  • Identification and objective evaluation of theories and assumptions
  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Written and oral communication
  • Quantitative literacy
  • Technology and information literacy
  • Teamwork, leadership and problem solving

Students volunteer in the community for citizenship dayResponsibility, as Individuals and Communities, including:
Developed through real-world challenges and active involvement with diverse communities.

  • Knowledge of sustainability and its applications
  • Civic knowledge and engagement—local and global
  • Intercultural knowledge and competence
  • Ethical reasoning and action
  • Foundations and skills for lifelong learning

Learning: Integrated, Synthesized, and Advanced, including:
Demonstrated through the application of knowledge, skills, and responsibilities to new settings and complex problems.

  • Synthesis and advanced accomplishment across general and specialized studies


[Please Note: Learning Outcomes are adapted from AAC&U Report, College Learning for a New Global Century]