Essential Learning Outcomes
Charged in 2007, the Liberal Education Reform Team (LERT) adapted the AAC&U definition of Liberal Education for our campus: 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 endured 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.
Knowledge of Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World
- Through study in fine and performing arts, humanities, mathematics and science, and social science focused by engagement with big questions, both contemporary and enduring
Skills, Both Intellectual and Practical
- 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 practiced extensively, across the curriculum, in the context of progressively more challenging problems, projects and standards for performance
Responsibility, as Individuals and Communities
- Knowledge of Sustainability and Its Applications
- Civic Learning—local and global
- Intercultural Knowledge and Competence
- Ethical reasoning and action
- Foundations and skills for lifelong learning developed through real-world challenges and active involvement with diverse communities
Learning: Integrated, Synthesized and Advanced
- Synthesis and advanced accomplishment across general and specialized studies demonstrated through the application of knowledge, skills and responsibilities to new settings and complex problems.
Source: Learning Outcomes are adapted from AAC&U report, College Learning for a New Global Century.