Learning Outcomes

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.

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On November 4, 2010 the Undergraduate Coordinating Council approved a new baccalaureate purpose statement, goals, and learning objectives.