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Liberal Learning Outcomes Definitions

University of Charleston Liberal Learning Outcomes

Liberal Learning Roundtables are responsible for promoting and overseeing the curricular integration of the Liberal Learning Outcomes.  They establish criteria and standards for assessment of student learning, assist faculty with the development of learning activities related to the outcomes, and make recommendations to the faculty regarding changes to policies and procedures regarding the outcomes.  Roundtable members have responsibility for ensuring relevancy and interdisciplinary approaches to delivery and assessment of the LLOs. Roundtables review learning activities and assessments, and approve these experiences as ICON courses, portfolios, independent learning projects, or demonstrations of previously learned/acquired competencies.  Roundtable policies and procedures are discussed at length in the UC Reference Guide to the Curriculum.

  1. Citizenship – the rights and responsibilities that are associated with social, political, and economic communities that an individual demonstrates as an engaged and knowledgeable member of a society.

1.1    The graduate demonstrates an understanding of social, political, and economic institutions. (Social Institutions) 

1.2    The graduate demonstrates an understanding of global awareness. (Global Literacy) 

1.3    The graduate demonstrates an understanding of key historical patterns in human civilization and their relationship to the present. (Historical Literacy)  

1.4    The graduate demonstrates active and responsible citizenship. (Community Involvement) Community Involvement may be demonstrated through:

  • Internships with political, social, community agencies
  • Courses with significant service-learning pedagogical practices
  • Independently designed service/community involvement projects
  1. Communication – the ability to effectively send and receive messages.
2.1   The graduate writes effectively for a variety of audiences and purposes.
  • Demonstrate at Foundational Level
  • Demonstrate at Mid-level
  • Demonstrate at Advanced Level
2.2   The graduate speaks effectively to a variety of audiences for a variety of purposes.
  • Demonstrate at Foundational Level
  • Demonstrate at Mid-level
  • Demonstrate at Advanced Level
2.3   The graduate reads effectively.
  1. Creativity – the process of generating original ideas or making new connections among existing ideas for the advancement of human endeavor.

3.1    The graduate is able to critique the creative product in traditional creative disciplines.

  • Demonstrate at foundational level  (1 experience)

3.2    The graduate engages in the study or production of a body of work.

  • Demonstrate at mid-level / non-literature (1 experience)

3.2L  The graduate engages in the study or production of a body of work.

  • Demonstrate at mid-level / literature (1 experience)

3.3    The graduate demonstrates creative ability in the major

  • Demonstrate at Advanced Level (1 experience)
  1. Critical Thinking – the process of reflection, reasoning and imagining, through which the individual willingly, systematically, and habitually examines and explores statements, problems, issues, beliefs, and social constraints.  The graduate demonstrates these competencies at each level:  (1) an attitude of intellectual inquiry; (2) information literacy; and (3) critical, analytical, and reflective thinking skills [metacognition].

4.1    Foundational Level (2 experiences)

4.2    Mid-level (4 experiences) 

4.3    Advanced Level (1 experience in the major and 1 experience outside the major, i.e. Senior Capstone UNIV 459)

  1. Ethical Practice – the disposition to treat others with honesty, fairness, justice, integrity, and altruism within communities and areas of professional service.  The graduate demonstrates these competencies at each level:  (1) an understanding of their ethical beliefs and the ethical beliefs of others; (2) the ability to identify ethical conflicts; and (3) the ability to make ethical decisions.

5.1    Foundational Level (1 experience) 

5.2    Mid-level (2 experiences)

5.3    Advanced Level (1 experience)

  1. Inquiry – the application of concepts and tools to create, verify, and communicate new knowledge.

6.1 The graduate will understand and apply basic principles of science and mathematics.

6.1M  The graduate demonstrates understanding and competence in applying the fundamental theories and laws of mathematics. 

  • Foundational Level Inquiry - Mathematics (1 experience)

6.1S    The graduate demonstrates understanding and competence in applying the fundamental theories and laws of science. 

  • Foundational Level Inquiry - Science (1 experience)

6.2 The graduate will analyze and interpret data in a variety of contexts using mathematical and scientific principles.

  • Mid-level Inquiry – Application of Mathematics and Science (1 experience)

6.3 The graduate will create new knowledge using principles of inquiry appropriate to his/her discipline.

  • Advanced Level Inquiry – Research in Major (1 experience)

Note:  All Liberal Learning Outcomes may also be demonstrated through a Roundtable-approved Independent Learning Project (ILP).