Communication. Students will generate and develop capabilities for creative express ion and effective communication. Students will be able to:
- Articulate ideas through written, spoken, and visual forms appropriately and effectively in relation to a given audience and social context.
- Utilize interpersonal and group communication skills, especially those that promote collaborative problem-solving, mutual understanding, and teamwork.
- Mindfully and respectfully listen to, engage with and formally respond to the ideas of others in meaningful ways.
- Plan, design, and produce creative forms of expression through music, speech, and the visual and performing arts.
Information and Technology Literacy. Students will develop skills to effectively search for, critically evaluate, and utilize relevant information while demonstrating technological literacy. Students will be able to:
- Effectively access information and critically evaluate sources of information.
- Analyze, synthesize and apply information practically and ethically within personal, professional and academic contexts.
- Identify, utilize and evaluate the value of a variety of technologies relevant to academic and workplace settings.
Personal and Professional Development. Students will develop skills that aid in lifelong personal growth and success in the workplace. Students will be able to:
- Identify and assess individual values, knowledge, skills, and abilities in order to set and achieve lifelong personal, educational, and professional goals.
- Practice decision-making that builds self-awareness, fosters self-reliance, and nourishes physical, mental, and social health.
- Apply skills of cooperation, collaboration, negotiation, and group decision-making.
- Exhibit quality judgment, dependability, and accountability while maintaining flexibility in an ever-changing world.
Creative, Critical and Analytical Thinking. Students will develop critical and analytical thinking abilities, cultivate creative faculties that lead to innovative ideas, and employ pragmatic problem-solving skills. Students will be able to:
- Analyze differences and make connections among intellectual ideas, academic bodies of knowledge and disciplinary fields of study.
- Develop and expand upon innovative ideas by analyzing current evidence and praxis, employing historical and cultural knowledge, engaging in theoretical inquiry, and utilizing methods of rational inference.
- Utilize the scientific method and solve problems using qualitative and quantitative data.
- Demonstrate the ability to make well-considered aesthetic judgments.
Cultural Literacy and Social Responsibility. Students will be prepared to engage a global world while exhibiting a broad sense of diversity, cultural awareness, social responsibility and stewardship. Students will be able to:
- Interpret and analyze ideas of value and meaning exhibited in literature, religious practices, philosophical perspectives, art, architecture, music, language, performance and other cultural forms.
- Describe the historical and cultural complexities of the human condition in its global context, including the emergence and perpetuation of inequalities and the interplay of social, political, economic and physical geographies.
- Analyze and evaluate the value of diversity, especially by collaborating with people of different physical abilities and those with distinct linguistic, cultural, religious, lifestyle, national, and political backgrounds.
- Demonstrate a pragmatics of ethical principles, effective citizenship, and social responsibility through cross-cultural interactions, volunteerism, and civic engagement.