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Indiana University Northwest

Strategic Planning Committee

Outcome 2

Student Learning Criteria

Final - revised 01/09/2006
Outcome 2 Criteria (Student Learning Experiences)

Baseline Criteria (Student Learning Experiences) To assess student preparation for lifelong learning, ethical practices, developing successful careers and effective citizenship.

The various academic and co-curricular programs of Indiana University Northwest share a collective responsibility for offering a set of learning experiences that prepare students for lifelong learning, ethical practices, successful careers, and effective citizenship. General education will incorporate some of these experiences and the units should be prepared to address the others.

Lifelong Learning

Each student will have learning experiences that:

  • Provide an opportunity to assess and develop a portfolio or discipline specific equivalent that develops the skills and knowledge for self-assessment and self-reflection.
  • Require learning beyond the traditional classroom though activities such as field experiences, or internships.
  • Challenge him/her to take responsibility for his/her own learning.
  • Provide learning experiences that enable students to identify information needs and use relevant resources to find the information.

Ethical Practices

Each student will have learning experiences that:

  • Provide education about ethics through his/her coursework, including the application of ethical principles to a particular case or situation.
  • Prepare him/her to integrate ethics into behaviors, interactions and decisions.
  • Require him/her to adhere to the Student Code of Conduct.

Successful Careers

Each student will have learning experiences that:

  • Integrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities addressed in general education into the core of his/her program discipline.
  • Develop the academic competencies, skills and behaviors necessary to his/her chosen profession or career field.
  • Develop the capacity to think, learn, locate information, acquire new knowledge and make effective decisions in an ever-changing technological and global environment.
  • Provide the knowledge, skill, and ability to communicate effectively orally, in writing, and by using various media.
  • Develop interpersonal skills, including team work and leadership in diverse settings.

Effective Citizenship

Each student will have learning experiences that:

  • Include participation in a service learning or volunteerism project that serves the public good.
  • Assist in understanding roles as citizens within the broader framework of the domestic and global community.
  • Provide opportunity to work collaboratively with individuals from diverse backgrounds.