Office of Assessment

University Level Outcomes - Definition

Baccalaureate Characteristics

Measurable Student Learning Outcomes Approved by the Faculty Senate, Fall 2016

Baccalaureate Characteristic 1: The baccalaureate graduate of Lewis University will read, write, speak, calculate, and use technology at a demonstrated level of proficiency.
  Measurable Student Learning Outcome:
Advocate for a cause or idea, presenting facts and arguments, in an organized and accurate manner using some form of technology.  Include qualitative and quantitative reasoning.
   
Baccalaureate Characteristic 2: The baccalaureate graduate of Lewis University will understand the major approaches to knowledge. 
  Measurable Student Learning Outcome:
Demonstrate an ability to apply the fundamental principles, methodologies, value systems and thought processes employed in the sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities, while acknowledging the influence of technological change.
   
Baccalaureate Characteristic 3: The baccalaureate graduate of Lewis University will understand the place of faith, religion, and spirituality in the search for truth and meaning.
  Measurable Student Learning Outcome:
Evaluate theological, particularly Christian, answers to questions of human existence and meaning within an interdisciplinary context.
   
Baccalaureate Characteristic 4: The baccalaureate graduate of Lewis University will understand and prepare for moral and ethical decision-making. 
  Measurable Student Learning Outcome:
Evaluate ethical issues from multiple perspectives and apply those considerations to scenarios of personal integrity and socially responsible engagement.
   
Baccalaureate Characteristic 5: The baccalaureate graduate of Lewis University will become an informed, involved, and responsible citizen of a diverse yet interconnected national and global   community through a grounding in economic, political, social, and historical influences that are inherent in shaping, developing, and advancing nations and the world.
  Measurable Student Learning Outcome:
Articulate how culture, society and diversity shape the informed, responsible citizen within a global society.
   
Baccalaureate Characteristic 6: The baccalaureate graduate of Lewis University will think critically and creatively.
  Measurable Student Learning Outcome:
Employ critical and creative thinking skills by articulating or crafting an argument’s major assertions and assumptions and evaluating its supporting evidence, using both qualitative and quantitative analysis.
   
Baccalaureate Characteristic 7: The baccalaureate graduate of Lewis University will possess the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to enter or advance a career, or to begin graduate study.
  Measurable Student Learning Outcome:
Demonstrate programmatic competency and a defined plan for career and personal development through lifelong learning.

Graduate Student Learning Outcomes (GSLO)

The Lewis University student will be expected to...
  • Synthesize theoretical and research concepts from multiple perspectives to inform inquiry and practice.
  • Formulate creative responses to complex issues through critical analysis.
  • Model ethical and professional behaviors to guide inquiry and practice in a global and diverse society.

Strategic Priorities – Distinctive Learning Experiences

The University will advance distinctive learning experiences that will distinguish Lewis and optimize the success of our students.

Translate into practice the four overarching learning priorities: Intellectual Engagement, Ethical Grounding, Social Responsibility, and Global Connectedness

  • Strengthen Intellectual Engagement
    • Increase capstone experiences.
    • Strengthen writing across the curriculum.
    • Increase experiential/participatory learning (study abroad/travel, undergraduate research, etc.)
    • Advance STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) initiatives.
    • Create learning communities that extend teaching and learning beyond the classroom.
    • Promote a culture of inquiry to support student and faculty scholarship and research.
  • Advance Ethical Grounding
    • Strengthen the focus on ethics across the curriculum.
    • Pursue ethics-based co-curricular opportunities (e.g. student leadership training).
    • Initiate research to address Catholic and Lasallian values (e.g. children and youth at risk).
    • Establish an institute in support of Catholic and Lasallian P-12 schools.
  • Increase Social Responsibility
    • Increase service learning opportunities with a particular focus on addressing the economically poor.
    • Embrace sustainability initiatives.
    • Centralize and strengthen experiential learning activities (service learning, volunteerism, etc.).
    • Promote civic knowledge and engagement activities.