University Student Learning Goals

This page includes information for each University Student Learning Goal (USLG). For each USLG, there is a description as well as links to approved Michigan Tech USLG rubric(s) and information about the goal committee that is working on that goal.

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1. Disciplinary knowledge
Students demonstrate a depth of knowledge in one area/ discipline, as well as a breadth of knowledge that (1) enables adaptability and flexibility as knowledge grows and changes, and (2) recognizes linkages/complementarity to other areas/disciplines.
  
2. Knowledge of the physical and natural world
Students demonstrate knowledge of the physical and natural world. This is accomplished by studying science and mathematics.
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3. Global literacy and knowledge of human culture
Students demonstrate knowledge of human cultures and will be able to interact in meaningful ways with people from other cultures. This will be accomplished by acquisition of global knowledge and competencies through the study of social sciences, arts and humanities.
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4. Critical and creative thinking
Students will be able to think critically and creatively, as demonstrated by their broad, adaptable and versatile use of reasoning, logic, and evidence to access and evaluate information and solve complex problems both independently and in groups.
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5. Communication
Students will be able to communicate effectively, orally, in writing and in new media, to a wide variety of audiences.
 

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6. Information literacy
Students will be able to identify the need for information, procure and evaluate information, and subsequently revise their strategy for obtaining information. Students will access and apply information in an ethical and legal manner.
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7. Technology
Students will demonstrate knowledge of technology and its implications in society, and be able to design and/or use technology for creative activities or innovative solutions to problems.
  
8. Values and civic engagement
Students will be able to address conflicting moral, ethical, and legal questions, and identify and develop a personal sense of ethical responsibility for the broader impact of their actions on science and a sustainable society.
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These eight learning goals are integrated, interrelated, and interdependent. They are consistent with the broader impacts of the National Science Foundation to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; and to secure the national defense. These goals are also consistent with the broader aims of lifelong learning, which LEAP defines as having acquired the skills and dispositions of curiosity, transfer, independence, initiative, and reflection. Achieving these student learning goals will enable Michigan Tech to meet the University’s strategic goal 2.2: Cultivate intellectual diversity and a worldview adapted to the needs and challenges of the 21st century:

  • Strengthen innovative student-centered activities, programs, and services
  • Promote civic responsibility and connections to public policy issues through service-related learning and student engagement in campus and professional activities
  • Enhance students’ communication skills and understanding of and participation in creative processes
  • Develop students’ global skills through study of other languages and cultures
  • Develop graduates with strong leadership and team-building capabilities, critical thinking skills, and ethical awareness