Learning Outcomes

The learning outcomes for the Freshman Program are:

  • Critical Thinking:  Students will explore, connect and evaluate issues, ideas, artifacts and events before accepting or formulating an informed opinion or conclusion. 
  • Oral Communication: Students will engage effectively and constructively in discussions, and present information orally. 
  • Written Communication: Students will develop and express their ideas in writing in a variety of formal and informal styles depending upon the purpose and audience, and express opinions persuasively and appropriately.
  • Critical Reading: Students will extract meaning, analyze, interpret and make connections through interaction with a variety of written texts and other artifacts.
  • Teamwork: Students will collaborate and contribute effectively to team goals in various roles.
  • Information Literacy: Students will know when there is a need for information and be able to identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively and responsibly use and share that information for the issues at hand.

Excerpted with permission from Assessing Outcomes and Improving Achievement: Tips and Tools for Using Rubrics, edited by Terrel L. Rhodes. Copyright 2010 by the Association of American Colleges and Universities.