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Lindenwood University Institutional Learning Outcomes

Lindenwood University is committed to preparing its graduates for a world of increasing complexity, innovation, and change. Accordingly, developing and demonstrating the following Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs) is central to the educational spectrum at Lindenwood, including the general education curriculum, major programs of study, and co-curricular experiences.

A note about terminology:

There are four ILOs:

  • ILO-1 Lindenwood graduates have broad, integrative, and specialized knowledge.
  • ILO-2 Lindenwood graduates have essential habits of mind.
  • ILO-3 Lindenwood graduates have communicative fluency.
  • ILO-4 Lindenwood graduates have effective problem-solving skills.

Each ILO has components:  For example, ILO-4 has the following components:

  • 1 Strategy
  • 2 Collaboration

Thus, the designation ILO 4.1 or ILO 4.2 references an ILO component.

ILO-1 Lindenwood graduates have broad, integrative, and specialized knowledge.

1.1 Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World: Lindenwood undergraduate students understand human cultures and the physical and natural world.

1.1.1 Natural Sciences: Lindenwood graduates understand scientific concepts and/or methods of scientific inquiry.

1.1.2 Mathematics/Numeracy: Lindenwood graduates understand mathematical concepts, problem- solving, and/or connections.

1.1.3 Social Sciences: Lindenwood graduates understand accepted theories and/or concepts in the designated field.

1.1.4 Literature: Lindenwood graduates understand literary elements, including style, tone, genre, mode, plot, character, and theme.

1.1.5 Philosophy: Lindenwood graduates understand philosophical works, perspectives, questions, and/or traditions.

1.1.6 Religion: Lindenwood graduates understand religious perspectives and/or traditions.

1.1.7 US History and Government: Lindenwood graduates understand historical and/or political perspectives about the United States.

1.1.8 World History: Lindenwood graduates understand world history since 1500, including change over time, causation, context, and/or the roles of contingency and complexity.

1.1.9 Foreign Language: Lindenwood graduates understand language, traditions, histories, and/or literary texts specific to the culture being studied.

1.1.10 Foreign Culture: Lindenwood graduates understand aesthetic, political, economic, religious, social, and/or historical traditions of non-United States cultures.

1.1.11 Arts: Lindenwood graduates understand artistic techniques, processes, principles, forms, structures, functions, traditions, histories, and/or relationships.

1.2 Integrated Perspectives: Lindenwood graduates have integrated perspectives.

Definition: [Integrated Perspectives] is an understanding and a disposition that a student builds across the curriculum and co-curriculum, from making simple connections among ideas and experiences to synthesizing and transferring learning to new, complex situations within and beyond the campus.

1.3 Specialized Knowledge: Lindenwood graduates have specialized knowledge.

Definition: Understanding of the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline.

ILO-2 Lindenwood graduates have essential habits of mind.

2.1 Ethical Reasoning: Lindenwood graduates can reason ethically.

Definition: Ethical Reasoning is a habit of mind demonstrated by analyzing, interpreting, and/or evaluating ethical values, issues, and/or dilemmas. Ethical Reasoning is reasoning about right and wrong human conduct. It requires students to be able to assess their own ethical values and the social context of problems, recognize ethical issues in a variety of settings, think about how different ethical perspectives might be applied to ethical dilemmas and consider the ramifications of alternative actions. Students’ ethical self-identity evolves as they practice ethical decision-making skills and learn how to describe and analyze positions on ethical issues.

2.2 Adaptive Thinking: Lindenwood graduates can think adaptively.

Definition: Adaptive Thinking is a habit of mind demonstrated by applying information to new situations, making connections between ideas, and/or knowing when, why, and how to use different thought processes to accomplish different tasks.

2.3 Critical Thinking: Lindenwood graduates can think critically.

Definition: Critical thinking is a habit of mind characterized by the comprehensive exploration of issues, ideas, artifacts, and events before accepting or formulating an opinion or conclusion.

2.4 Innovative Thinking: Lindenwood graduates can think innovatively.

Definition: [Innovative] thinking is [a habit of mind demonstrated by] both the capacity to combine or synthesize existing ideas, images, or expertise in original ways and the experience of thinking, reacting, and working in an imaginative way characterized by a high degree of innovation, divergent thinking, and risk taking.

2.5 Diverse Perspectives: Lindenwood graduates have diverse perspectives.

Definition: Diverse Perspectives is a habit of mind demonstrated by considering ethnicity, religion, culture, class, race, gender, age, sexuality, and/or ability within the context of a subject, topic, question, challenge, problem, opportunity, etc.

2.6 Civic Responsibility: Lindenwood graduates can apply principles of responsible citizenship.

Definition: Civic Responsibility is a habit of mind demonstrated by exercising responsible citizenship, promoting the quality of life in a community through political or nonpolitical processes, comparing personal and public concerns, and/or respecting the views or rights of others.

ILO-3 Lindenwood graduates have communicative fluency.

3.1 Written Communications: Lindenwood graduates are effective writers.

Definition: The ability to produce clear and coherent written communications in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

3.2 Spoken Communications: Lindenwood graduates are effective speakers.

Definition: The ability to produce clear and coherent spoken communications in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

3.3 Digital Communications: Lindenwood graduates can communicate effectively and ethically in a digitally connected world.

Definition: The ability to produce content that communicates ideas effectively and ethically within the shifting multi-platform, multi-device, and multi-distribution digital landscape.

3.4 Quantitative Representations: Lindenwood graduates can support communications with quantitative evidence.

Definition: The ability to produce sophisticated arguments supported by quantitative evidence in appropriate format(s) (e.g., words, tables, graphs, mathematical equations, etc.).

ILO-4 Lindenwood graduates have effective problem-solving skills.

4.1 Strategy: Lindenwood graduates can solve problems strategically.

Definition: Problem solving is the process of designing, implementing, and evaluating a strategy to answer an open-ended question or achieve a desired goal.

4.2 Collaboration: Lindenwood graduates can solve problems collaboratively.

Definition: The ability to mobilize or work with others to solve a real-world challenge.

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