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Essential Learning Outcomes

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.*

We have adopted and adapted the AAC&U's Essential Learning Outcomes, a key component of their LEAP initiative. In doing this, we continue our long relationship with the AAC&U in Wisconsin:  Wisconsin was the first LEAP state, and continues to support AAC&U initiatives.

*Original 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 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.

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