Anderson University’s College-Level Competencies are articulated as Common Learning Outcomes, or CLOs, in the University Core Curriculum. These 18 student learning outcomes are organized into three areas, or domains, focusing on introductory disciplinary Knowledge Content, literacy and thinking Skills, and values and behavioral Dispositions of Active Engagement. Courses throughout the program and across all years of the degrees are embedded with experiences and Learning Goals designed to engage students with the types of learning associated with each of the CLOs. Such learning experiences will be encountered beyond the University Core courses as well, within major courses and in co-curricular lectures, panel discussions, and activities outside of classes.
Knowledge Content Areas
[CP] 1. Knowledge and Integration of Historical and Contemporary Christian Perspective
[HB] 2. Knowledge of Human Behaviors and Structures
[HP] 3. Knowledge of Global Historical Perspectives
[NW] 4. Knowledge of the Physical and Natural World
[CT] 5. Critical Thinking: Inquiry, Analysis and Creative Problem-Solving
[IL] 6. Information Literacy
[DL] 7. Technological and Digital Literacy
[QL] 8. Quantitative Literacy
[WC] 9. Written Communication Skills
[OC] 10. Oral Communication Skills
[SA] 11. Synthesis & Advanced Accomplishment Across the Core Curriculum & Specialized Major Studies
Dispositions of Active Engagement
[ME] 12. Moral and Ethical Reasoning and Action
[PP] 13. Professional Preparedness, Interpersonal and Digital Communication Skills
[TD] 14. Collaboration and Teamwork Dynamics
[CD] 15. Intercultural and Diversity Awareness and Understanding
[CE] 16. Local, National and Global Citizenship and Civic Engagement
[AE] 17. Aesthetic Engagement through Creative Production or Reflective Patronage of the Arts
[HW] 18. Habits of Physical Health and Well-being
Knowledge Content Areas:
1. [CP] Knowledge and Integration of Historical and Contemporary Christian Perspectives
Students will demonstrate foundational knowledge of the Old and New Testaments and develop a methodology for continued hermeneutical study of the Bible and exploration of the concept of a personal Christian worldview as a guide for belief and behavior.
2. [HB] Knowledge of Human Behaviors and Structures
Students will demonstrate a foundational knowledge of psychological and sociological make up and behaviors of individuals and groups.
3. [HP] Knowledge of Global Historical Perspectives
Students will investigate examples of major cultural, social, political, and religious influences as a way of understanding the formation of contemporary social structures. Students will apply historical perspectives in order to analyze, understand, and evaluate major developments and events in history, and to utilize the study of the past as a means of practicing Christian virtues such as empathy, charity and respect for others.
4. [NW] Knowledge of the Physical and Natural World
Students will demonstrate an ability to use methodologies to study, through observation and experimentation, the structures and behaviors of the created physical and natural world. Students will recognize the interdependence of humanity and the natural environment, and the value of the Christian virtue of stewardship.
5. [CT] Critical Thinking - Inquiry, Analysis and Creative Problem-Solving
Students will be able to articulate vital questions and problems; gather, assess, and interpret relevant information; and generate evidence in support of a claim or well-reasoned conclusions. Students will be able to use various systems of thought and to communicate effectively when presenting evidence in support of claims or creating solutions to complex problems.
6. [IL] Information Literacy
Students will demonstrate practical research skills that enable them to identify, locate, and use multiple types of information resources, and to compare multiple source materials to seek and assess the validity of information in a rapidly evolving technological environment. (Faculty and Librarians both work with students in person, online, and via print instruction, to meet these ends.)
7. [DL] Technological and Digital Literacy
Students will demonstrate skills needed to work productively with digital tools to collect, analyze, process, create, and present information in a variety of digital formats.
8. [QL] Quantitative Literacy
Students will demonstrate the ability to present accurate calculations and symbolic operations, and to explain how such calculations and operations are used in either specific fields of study or in interpreting social or economic trends. Students will demonstrate the ability to translate verbal problems into mathematical algorithms and to construct valid mathematical arguments.
9. [WC] Written Communication
Students will be able to communicate information and positions clearly and professionally in a variety of written formats.
10. [OC] Oral Communication
Students will be able to communicate information and positions clearly and professionally in a variety of oral presentation formats.
11. [SA] Synthesis & Adv. Accomplishment Across the Core Curriculum & Specialized Major Studies
Students will be able to use knowledge, skills, and experiences gained within both Core and Major classes to complete advanced projects at the upper level. (Advanced upper course level experiences, such as internships, research projects/publications/presentations, performances, exhibitions, field placements, etc., are required of all undergraduate students, and are fulfilled by requirements within the major areas of study.)
Dispositions of Active Engagement:
12. [ME] Moral and Ethical Reasoning and Action
Students will demonstrate understanding of concepts of right and wrong behavior, in relation to personal, historical and contemporary social problems. Students will be able to investigate a rational and intentional application of Christian beliefs to guide one’s decision-making and actions in response to such issues.
13. [PP] Professional, Interpersonal and Digital Communication Skills and Preparedness
Students will be able to present themselves appropriately in a variety of interpersonal and professional situations and environments, including interview opportunities, workplace settings, and through social media and other online/digital communication venues and platforms.
14. [TD] Collaboration and Teamwork Dynamics
Students will be able to perform in various contributing, facilitating, and leadership roles necessary for solving complex problems within a group dynamic.
15. [CD] Intercultural and Diversity Awareness and Understanding
Students will be able to compare and contrast aspects of diverse cultures to enhance their cross-cultural communication skills, in preparation for life and work in a globally diverse community.
16. [CE] Local, National and Global Citizenship and Civic Engagement
Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the mechanisms of the public bodies that govern their communities, as well their own rights and duties as citizens. Students will be able to evaluate diverse points of view related to contested public issues, develop and justify a position on such issues, and collaborate with others in the development and implementation of solutions to problematic civic issues.
17. [AE] Aesthetic Engagement through Creative Production or Reflective Patronage of the Arts
Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to participate in creative experiences as audience members/viewers/readers or as practitioners of the arts, and will be able to reflect on such aesthetic experiences, by articulating their opinion of the personal and cultural value of the arts and creative thinking processes.
18. [HW] Habits of Physical Health and Well-being
Students will be able to demonstrate practical knowledge and skills related to issues of physical fitness and health, including diet, exercise, and stress management. Students will be able to articulate the personal value of accountability for the maintenance of one’s own health and wellness.