Student Life and Development

Student Life and Development Learning Outcomes

1. Diversity and Global Environment.

The world we live and interact in is diverse and requires us to interact globally. To effectively engage in today’s world students will learn to…
  • Understand uses of power and nature of oppression, be aware of cultural and personal differences
  • Trust and respect others, empathize, access culturally appropriate resources
  • Be committed to cross-cultural communication, value social responsibility, be committed to social justice

2. Inter and Intra-Personal Competence.

Developing awareness of ourselves and the way we interact with others are essential characteristics. The more we know about our strengths and weaknesses and the impact of our behavior on others, the better we are able to develop healthy relationships. To facilitate this growth students will learn to…
  • Gain knowledge about themselves, develop consciousness of self, self-confidence, feelings of mattering, manage personal emotions, value cultural heritage
  • Apply self-knowledge, practice self-worth , congruence, commitment, identify passions, discuss cultural differences and issues
  • Work with others, practice collaborations, controversy with civility, engage across difference, be committed to ethical action

3. Engagement/Social Responsibility and Community Building.

It is essential that we learn what it means to work together toward a common good. These skills are important whether on campus now or in our future communities. It is also imperative that we understand our responsibility as educated citizens in our community. Toward this end students will learn to…
  • Create effective change and practice collective efficacy
  • Develop common purpose
  • Develop civic awareness, value civic responsibility, practice engaged citizenship
  • Develop a sense of connectedness within one’s communities.

4. Cognitive and Intellectual Growth.

The intellectual and practical skills we need are extensive, sophisticated and expanding with the explosion of new technologies and increasingly complex societies. As we progress through the educational system it is imperative to develop competencies that synthesize specific skills into higher level reasoning capabilities. To develop these qualities students will learn to…
  • Engage with others in constructive ways, engage in principled dissent; accept and appreciate other world views; manage conflict constructively
  • Develop critical thinking/ decision making skills.
  • Be open to change
  • Foster lifelong learning.
  • Integrate academic knowledge into all aspects of living.

5. Leadership Exploration and Development.

In today’s world there are many situations in which we will find ourselves in roles requiring leadership skills. While these skills ultimately develop through training, practice and mentoring, understanding what it means to be a leader is multifaceted. To gain these skills students will learn to…
  • Develop personal leadership skills, set individual goals, practice risk-taking, delegate, serve as a role model, manage people and tasks, facilitate group processes
  • Critically evaluate leadership models, develop group leadership skills, effectively lead change, develop team building skills, develop leaderships in peers, identify common purpose in groups, help groups set goals, apply problem solving strategies, value recognition and organizational sustainability
  • View leadership as a process, not a position

6. Life Skills Competence.

Life teaches us many things, though learning to live with purpose and responsibility toward self and others can be quite challenging. Despite these challenges, living a satisfied and competent life provides fulfillment and direction for ourselves and those with whom we come in contact. In order to gain these skills students will learn to…
  • Develop effective communication skills and practice effective written and oral communication
  • Develop wellness skills.
  • Develop life and career path.
  • Understand and develop professionalism and self responsibility.