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Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

The 39-hour WKU Colonnade Program adopted state and national standards when developing the new general education program implemented in Fall 2014. The American Association of colleges and Universities, Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP), a national effort, provided the “essential aims, learning outcomes, and guiding principles for a twenty-first century college education. The student learning outcomes (SLOs) are as follows:

1. Knowledge of human cultures and the physical and natural world, including:

a. An informed acquaintance with major achievements in the arts and the humanities

b. An appreciation of the complexity and variety of the world's cultures;

c. An understanding of the scientific method and a knowledge of natural science and its relevance in our lives;

d. A historical perspective and an understanding of connections between past and present.

2. Intellectual and practical skills, including:

a. The capacity for critical and logical thinking;

b. Proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking;

c. The ability to understand and apply mathematical skills and concepts.

3. Personal and social responsibility, including:

a. An understanding of society and human behavior;

b. An understanding of factors that enhance health, well-being, and quality of life.

4. Integrative Learning, including:

a. Synthesis and advanced accomplishments across general and specialized studies.

 

The above LEAP outcomes are the foundation for the state core requirements, which map to the 24 student learning outcomes statewide and guide the Colonnade (2014+) program:

Written (WC) and Oral (OC) Communication

WKU Area Statewide General Education Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Foundation    
1. Write clear and effective prose in several forms, using conventions appropriate to audience (including academic audiences), purpose, and genre. (LEAP A, B, C, and D)*  NOTE: Not required for OC
Foundation    
2.  Listen and speak competently in a variety of communication contexts, which may include public, interpersonal, and/or small-group settings. (LEAP B, C and D)*  NOTE: Not required for WC
Foundation     
3.  Find, analyze, and cite pertinent primary and secondary sources, including academic databases, to prepare speeches and written texts. (LEAP B and D)*
Foundation      
4. Identify, analyze, and evaluate statements, assumptions, and conclusions representing diverse points of view; and construct informed, sustained, and ethical arguments in response. (LEAP B, C and D)*
Foundation 5. Plan, organize, revise, practice, edit, and proofread to improve the development and clarify of ideas. (LEAP B and D)*

 

Quantitative Reasoning (QR)

WKU Area Statewide General Education Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Foundation         
6. Interpret information presented in mathematical and/or statistical forms. (LEAP B)*
Foundation 7. Illustrate and communicate mathematical and/or statistical information symbolically, visually, and/or numerically (LEAP A, B and C)*
Foundation 8. Determine when computations are needed and to execute the appropriate computations    (LEAP B)*
Foundation 9. Apply an appropriate model to the problem to be solved (LEAP A, C and D)*
Foundation 10. Make inferences, evaluate assumptions, and assess limitations in estimation modeling and/or statistical analysis (LEAP B, C and D)*

 

Arts and Humanities (AH) - Literary Studies and Exploratory AH

WKU Area

Statewide General Education Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Foundation      

Exploration

11. Utilize basic formal elements, techniques, concepts and vocabulary of specific disciplines within the Arts and Humanities (LEAP A and B)*

Foundation

Exploration

12. Distinguish between various kinds of evidence by identifying reliable sources and valid arguments (LEAP B)*

Foundation

Exploration

13. Demonstrate how social, cultural, and historical contexts influence creative expression in the arts and humanities. (LEAP A and B)*

Foundation

Exploration

14. Evaluate the significance of human expression and experience in shaping larger social, cultural, and historical contexts. (LEAP A, B and C)*

Foundation

Exploration

15. Evaluate enduring and contemporary issues of human experience (LEAP A and D)*

Foreign Language: Demonstrate competency in a foreign language. Foreign languages study develops essential skills and cultural awareness critical for success in a multilingual world.

 

Natural Sciences (NS)

WKU Area Statewide General Education Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Exploration       16. Demonstrate an understanding of the methods of science inquiry. (LEAP A and B)*
Exploration 17. Explain basic concepts and principles in one or more of the sciences. (LEAP A and B)*
Exploration 18. Apply scientific principles to interpret and make predictions in one or more of the sciences (LEAP A, B and D)*
Exploration 19. Explain how scientific principles relate to issues of personal and/or public importance (LEAP A, B, C and D)*

 Conduct a hands-on project using scientific principles (category experience).

 

Social and Behavioral Sciences (SB) - World History and Exploration

WKU Area

Statewide General Education Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Foundation        

Exploration

20. Demonstrate knowledge of at least one area of the social and behavioral sciences. (LEAP A and D)*

Foundation        

Exploration
21. Apply knowledge, theories, and research methods, including ethical conduct, to analyze problems pertinent to at least one area of the social and behavioral sciences. (LEAP A, B, C and D)*

Foundation        

Exploration
22. Understand and demonstrate how at least one area of the social and behavioral sciences conceptualizes diversity and the ways it shapes human experience. (LEAP A, B, C and D)*

Foundation        

Exploration
23. Integrate knowledge of at least one area of the social and behavioral sciences into issues of personal or public importance. (LEAP A, B, C and D)*

Foundation        

Exploration
24. Communicate effectively using the language and terminology to germane to at least one area of the social and behavioral sciences. (LEAP A and D)*

 

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) unique to the WKU Colonnade General Education Program

WKU Colonnade Program Writing in the Discipline courses includes this additional SLO: Distinguish among various kinds of evidence by identifying reliable sources and valid arguments

WKU Literacy Studies and World History courses require the SLO: Students will read, comprehend, and analyze primary texts independently and proficiently.

 

WKU Connections Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Social to Cultural

• Analyze the development of self in relation to others an society.

• Examine diverse values that form civically engaged and informed members of society.

• Evaluate solutions to real-world social and cultural problems.

Local to Global

• Analyze issues on local and global scales.

• Examine the local and global interrelationships of one or more issues.

• Evaluate the consequences of decision-making on local and global scales.

Systems

• Analyze how systems evolve.

• Compare the study of individual components to the analysis of entire systems.

• Evaluate how system-level thinking informs decision-making, public policy, and/or the sustainability of the system itself.

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 Last Modified 6/8/15