Outcome 1 Details

Students develop creative and critical thinking skills that allow them to analyze the work of others, formulate relevant questions, and respond to those questions in a substantive way using quantitative and qualitative evidence.

This Learning Outcome is expressed in many forms, in which students gain the ability to:

  • effectively critique creative works in various media (written, spoken, graphic)
  • analyze a logical argument
  • formulate questions that are useful for discussing a work and lead to new ideas or insights
  • understand, evaluate, and persuasively use quantitative evidence, moving from numbers to argument
  • understand, evaluate, and persuasively use qualitative evidence, moving from anecdote to consistent themes
  • to draw strategically from a base of knowledge to inform advanced analysis

Students can gain these skills in a variety of ways:

  • engaged participation in classroom discussion
  • production of analytical papers, presentations, and examinations
  • attendance of public events such as convocation or performances with follow-up discussion
  • independent study or MAP projects
  • extensive practice of close reading
  • exercises in production and visualization of quantitative arguments
  • reflection and revision informed by feedback from faculty, peers, and others

Ways we might measure student achievement of this learning goal:

  • student portfolios
  • co-curricular transcripts
  • NSSE
  • local surveys
  • transcript analysis