(Approved: Faculty Senate January 11, 2010)

photo of a graduateUniversity Learning Objectives

Wright State graduates will be able to:

  1. communicate effectively
  2. demonstrate mathematical literacy
  3. evaluate arguments and evidence critically
  4. apply the methods of inquiry of the natural sciences, social sciences, and the arts and humanities
  5. demonstrate global and multicultural competence
  6. demonstrate understanding of contemporary social and ethical issues
  7. participate in democratic society as informed and civically engaged citizens

The Elements of the Wright State Core

The Elements of the Wright State Core are the foundational skills, the broad areas of knowledge and practice, and the global, historical, and cultural perspectives that together provide Wright State University students with the ability to negotiate their roles successfully and constructively in a changing world. Even more than in the past, graduates must be proficient writers, must be mathematically literate, and must understand the methods of inquiry of the historian, the scientist, and the humanist.

Learning Outcomes for Each Element: At the completion of the Wright State Core, a student will be able to do the following:
 

Element Learning Outcomes

1. Communication

The foundational skills students need in academic discourse, research, and documentation in an electronic environment

a. Adapt rhetorical processes and strategies for audience, purpose, and type of task

b. Organize and produce texts that meet the demands of specific genres, purposes, audiences, and stances

c. Employ appropriate mechanics, usage, grammar, and spelling conventions

d. Find, analyze, evaluate, summarize, and synthesize appropriate source material from both print and electronic environments

e. Present focused, logical arguments that support a thesis

f. Use reliable and varied evidence to support claims, incorporate ideas from sources appropriately, and acknowledge and document the work of others appropriately

g. Use electronic environments to draft, revise, edit, and share or publish texts

2. Mathematics

The foundational skills required to use and interpret mathematics and statistics

a. Identify the various elements of a mathematical or statistical model

b. Determine the values of specific components of a mathematical/statistical model or relationships among various components

c. Apply a mathematical/statistical model to a real-world problem

d. Interpret and draw conclusions from graphical, tabular, and other numerical or statistical representations of data

e. Summarize and justify analyses of mathematical/statistical models for problems, expressing solutions using an appropriate combination of words, symbols, tables or graphs

3. Global Traditions

Historical analysis and global perspectives necessary to understand our diverse world

a. Critically describe some of the political, social or economic systems, historical, cultural or spiritual traditions, and/or technological innovations around the world

b. Demonstrate an awareness of the diversity of people or traditions in our world in ways that promote effective engagement, both locally and globally

c. Use political, social, economic, historical, cultural, spiritual or technological knowledge to evaluate contemporary issues

4. Arts/Humanities

Tools for analysis and appreciation of the arts, philosophy, and religious thought

a. Critically analyze significant creative, literary, philosophical or religious works

b. Understand and discuss the complex blend of imaginative vision, socio-cultural context, ethical values, and aesthetic judgment in creative, philosophical or religious works

c. Recognize, evaluate and respond to creative, philosophical or religious works

d. Develop appropriate and ethical applications of knowledge in the humanities or the arts

5. Social Science

Perspectives on human behavior and culture informed by the disciplines of the social sciences

a. Critically apply knowledge of social science theory and methods of inquiry to personal decisions, current issues, or global concerns

b. Explain and critique the methods of inquiry of social science disciplines

c. Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical issues involved in the acquisition or application of social science knowledge

d. Demonstrate, from a social science perspective, an understanding of the responsibilities of an informed and engaged citizen

6. Natural Science

Introductions to the scientific understanding of physical and biological phenomena

a. Understand the nature of scientific inquiry

b. Critically apply knowledge of scientific theory and methods of inquiry to evaluate information from a variety of sources

c. Distinguish between science and technology and recognize their roles in society

d. Demonstrate an awareness of theoretical, practical, creative and cultural dimensions of scientific inquiry

e. Discuss fundamental theories underlying modern science