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The Liberal Education Reform Team is charged with presenting a framework for student learning outcomes to be adopted by the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. The following outcomes, based on those from the Association of American Colleges & Universities, are being proposed for campus-wide discussion and adoption.

Essential Learning Outcomes for Students

LERT 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 of at least one field or area of concentration. [Source: Advocacy "What is a liberal education?"]

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 engaging with big questions, both contemporary and enduring.

Skills, both Intellectual and Practical, including

  • 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, including

  • Knowledge of sustainability and its application
  • Civic knowledge and engagement - 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, including

  • Synthesis and advanced accomplishment across general and specialized studies

Demonstrated through the application of knowledge, skills and responsibilities to new settings and complex problems.

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


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