The current General Education Goals have yet to be realigned with the new baccalaureate goals. That process is to begin in 2012.
As NIU undergraduates complete their General Education Requirements they develop mastery of the eight Student Learning Outcomes of the Baccalaureate Experience. The "SLOs" train students to become life-long learners who are empowered, informed, and responsible citizens.
Developing Student Skills
The Baccalaureate goals include the "Three Cs”
Critical thinking—involves literacy, reflectivity, and understanding how to gather and make sense of various forms of information before accepting or formulating an opinion or conclusion.
Creativity—uses a combination of imagination, intellect, insight, and emotion to solve problems and transform existing ideas, images, or techniques in innovative and original ways.
Communication—includes the mastery of basic skills, such as language, technology, and collaboration.
Baccalaureate learning outcomes
The baccalaureate learning outcomes include:
Integrate knowledge of global interconnections and interdependencies
Exhibit intercultural competencies with people of diverse backgrounds and perspectives
Analyze issues that interconnect human life and the natural world
Demonstrate critical, creative, and independent thought
Communicate clearly and effectively
Collaborate with others to achieve specific goals
Use and combine appropriate quantitative and qualitative reasoning skills to address questions and solve problems
Synthesize knowledge and skills relevant to one’s major or particular fields of study and apply them creatively to develop innovative outcomes.