THE FIVE COMPETENCIES

Civic and Social Engagement

Civic and social engagement begins with knowledge of social justice issues and extends to participation in civic life and beyond the University. It involves a range of intellectual skills including ethical reasoning, cultural awareness and environmental literacy. It is enriched by knowledge of diverse communities and fosters the advancement of social justice.

Students will:

  • Gain knowledge of diverse places and cultures
  • Explore how relations among people, communities and the physical environment connect to matters of social justice
  • Reflect on the complex relationship between one’s personal values and the promotion of social justice in different contexts
  • Demonstrate a balanced commitment to individual and civic responsibility

Inquiry, Analysis and Decision-Making

In the process of inquiry, analysis and decision-making, students formulate questions, conduct research, perform analysis, and make decisions based on their findings. This approach to problem-solving commits students and instructors alike to a high standard of evidence-based reasoning and to seeking out, evaluating and synthesizing multiple perspectives on complex issues.

Students will:

  • Craft and pursue compelling research questions
  • Find and evaluate qualitative and quantitative information in a variety of media
  • Demonstrate a commitment to evidence-based reasoning

Literacy and Communication

Literacy and communication refers to writing, reading, speaking, presenting and listening, skills that are critical to professional success, personal fulfillment and citizenship in the 21st century.

Students will:

  • Critically engage with cultural and creative expressions
  • Analyze data and communicate trends, results and conclusions
  • Summarize, analyze and synthesize texts, including print, digital, visual and non-verbal communications
  • Communicate clearly and persuasively to diverse audiences
  • Command conventions of written and spoken language in diverse situations

Personal and Social Awareness

Personal and social awareness is the capacity for critical self-awareness, interpersonal understanding and lifelong learning. It is achieved through self-reflection, including reflection on one’s own thinking and learning (metacognition), and through self-awareness, including awareness of one’s own position in social, local, cultural and political contexts.

Students will:

  • Describe and analyze the origins of their beliefs
  • Articulate and assess their processes of learning
  • Recognize and reflect upon their social and cultural positions in relation to others

Integrated Learning

Integrated learning enables students to transfer knowledge across contexts and disciplines, and to make connections between their courses and the world. This prepares students to develop intellectual flexibility, adapt to change, and creatively solve problems.

Students will:

  • Explain how different disciplines solve problems
  • Apply their learning across academic contexts
  • Extend their knowledge and skills into the world outside the classroom

Competency: A general statement that describes the desired knowledge, skills and behaviors of a student graduating from a program or completing a course. Competencies commonly define the applied skills and knowledge that enable people to successfully perform in professional, educational, and other life contexts.