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Essential Learning Outcomes

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Lindsey Wilson College provides educational opportunities that support the following essential learning outcomes in all of its undergraduate programs:

Effective communication skills

  • Lindsey Wilson students will communicate effectively in  writing
    Written communication is the development and expression of ideas in writing. Written communication involves learning to work in many genres and styles and may involve mixing texts, data, and images. Written communication abilities develop through multiple experiences across the curriculum.  Adopted from the American Association of Colleges and Universities. (AAC&U)
  • Lindsey Wilson students will develop effective oral communication
    Oral communication is a prepared, purposeful presentation designed to increase knowledge, to foster understanding, or to promote change in the listeners' attitudes, values, beliefs, or behaviors.  Adopted from AAC&U

 Effective skills of inquiry and analysis

  • Lindsey Wilson students will develop numeracy skills
    Numeracy refers to the knowledge and skill needed to do routine mathematical tasks of daily life (practical numeracy), to understand the mathematically-based concepts that arise in major public policy issues (civic numeracy) and to attain the level of mathematical competency required in the profession to which the student aspires (professional numeracy).   Adapted from   Lynn Arthur Steen. A contribution on quantitative literacy "Daedalus"[119:2 (Spring 1990) 211-231]
  • Lindsey Wilson students will develop Information fluency skills
    Information fluency is the ability to know when there is a need for information, to be able to identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively and responsibly use and share that information for the problem at hand. -Adopted from the National Forum on Information Literacy
  • Lindsey Wilson students will develops skill in creative inquiry
    Creative thinking is both the capacity to combine or synthesize existing ideas, images, or expertise in original ways and the experience of thinking, reacting, and working in an imaginative way characterized by a high degree of innovation, divergent thinking, and risk taking.  Adopted from AAC&U
  • Lindsey Wilson students will develop their capacity  for critical Inquiry
    Critical inquiry incorporates comprehensive,  systematic exploration of issues, objects or works and analysis of evidence that results in informed conclusions or judgments.  Student will be exposed to the modes of inquiry used in multiple academic disciplines.  Adopted from AAC&U

Cultural awareness and engagement as citizens of the nation and the world:

As culturally aware, engaged citizens, Lindsey Wilson students will acquire the knowledge and skills needed to be effective and appropriate as they interact with others in a variety of cultural setting.    The knowledge and skills acquired will include

  • Knowledge of  local and global issues and  trends
  • Knowledge of own culture and cultural patterns of diverse groups and societies.
  • Competence  to communicate across cultural boundaries

As culturally aware, engaged citizens, Lindsey Wilson students will also acquire

  • Knowledge and skills required for ethical reasoning
    Ethical Reasoning is reasoning about right and wrong human conduct. It requires students to be able to assess their own ethical values and the social context of problems, recognize ethical issues in a variety of settings, think about how different ethical perspectives might be applied to ethical dilemmas and consider the ramifications of alternative actions. Students' ethical self- identity evolves as they practice ethical decision-making skills and learn how to describe and analyze positions on ethical issues.   Adopted from AAC&U

Application and integration of knowledge

  Lindsey Wilson students will be engaged in learning experiences which will incorporate

  • Application and  reflection on context and connections within disciplines
  • Integration of knowledge across disciplines
  • Application of learning to new situations within and beyond the campus

Fostering students' abilities to integrate learning-across courses, over time, and between campus and community life, is one of the most important goals of higher education. Initially, students connect previous learning to new classroom learning.  While significant knowledge within individual disciplines serves as the foundation, integrative learning goes beyond academic boundaries. Integrative experiences often occur as learners address real-world problems, unscripted and sufficiently broad, to require multiple areas of knowledge and multiple modes of inquiry, offering multiple solutions and benefiting from multiple perspectives. From AAC&U Integrative Learning VALUE Rubric.           


Depth of knowledge

   All Lindsey Wilson students acquire depth of knowledge in their major course of study.

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