Institutional Learning Outcomes

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Undergraduate Program Institutional Learning Outcomes

Shepherd University’s undergraduate program seeks to produce graduates who are able to demonstrate the key undergraduate competencies in the outcome areas of:





ILO1: Intellectual Skills

Students will demonstrate the ability to think logically, creatively, and holistically to make informed decisions and solve problems in various academic disciplines.


Critical Thinking –The student will demonstrate the ability to analyze information in order to draw valid conclusions and make insightful judgments.


Quantitative Skills – The student will demonstrate the ability to solve problems by applying core mathematic skills and quantitative reasoning.


Information Literacy – The student will demonstrate the ability to identify, locate, assess, and employ valid source material in his or her pursuit of academic knowledge.





ILO2: General Knowledge

Students will demonstrate familiarity with and the ability to apply core knowledge from various academic fields.


Natural Sciences – The student will demonstrate the ability to analyze and explain natural phenomena by applying foundational principles from the biological and physical sciences.


Social Sciences and Humanities – The student will demonstrate the ability to outline and critically discuss global history, the foundations of Western culture and today’s complex world, and the world’s great achievements in the arts.


Diversity – The student will demonstrate the ability to relate to, critically discuss—and thus be more sensitive to—the diversity and universality in global history, culture, and society, as well as the diversity in and uniqueness of local communities.


Civic Learning – The student will demonstrate familiarity with and the ability to relate to, critically discuss, and synthesize contemporary knowledge essential to a socially responsible citizen or resident of a democracy and member of our interdependent global community.





ILO 3: Communication

Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in a variety of spoken and written formats.


Oral Communication – The student will demonstrate the ability to effectively express himself or herself, idiomatically and compellingly, in a variety of spoken formats.


Written Communication – The student will demonstrate the ability to convey facts, ideas, and overall arguments, idiomatically and compellingly, in a variety of written formats.





ILO 4: Professional Knowledge

Students will demonstrate knowledge, theory, and skills in their discipline.
(See each program’s program learning outcomes)





ILO 5: Christian Commitment

Students will demonstrate the ability to apply the foundational knowledge of biblical truth and to pursue their vision and mission in life.


Christian Knowledge – The student will demonstrate familiarity with and the ability to apply the foundational knowledge of biblical truth.


Christian Integration – The student will demonstrate the ability to recognize and pursue his or her vision and mission in life.





Graduate

Shepherd University’s graduate program seeks to produce graduates who are able to demonstrate the key undergraduate competencies in the outcome areas of:


Professional Knowledge as evidenced by the student’s ability to:

•Outcome 1: Demonstrate advanced scholarship and mastery of their major field.
•Outcome 2: Conduct independent research in their field.
•Outcome 3: Present their own research.



Christian Commitment as evidenced by the student’s ability to:

•Outcome 4: Function as a Christian professional in their chosen discipline.