Learning Domains

Division of Student Engagement and Success, Strategic Planning & Assessment

A holistic, complete, education involves learning inside and outside of the classroom.  Student involvement in co-curricular activities is the key to obtaining a holistic education.  The Division of Student Engagement and Success offers hundreds of opportunities for students to get involved in activities such as student government, fraternities and sororities, cultural and social organizations, leadership programs, intramural sports and residence life.  Students may also participate in events and take advantage of services that are provided by counseling/health centers.  Students can customize their involvement to meet individual interests and to gain the knowledge, skills and experiences to prepare them for a life with purpose.

The Division has identified six main areas in which it seeks to facilitate student learning and growth.  These are known as the Student Engagement and Success Learning Domains.  They provide a framework to help you understand the way co-curricular involvement can enhance your college experience by teaching you to connect knowledge and apply critical thinking and problem solving skills.  These skills provide you the tools for a successful future of engaged lifelong learning.

Ethical Decision Making and Social Responsibility 

Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of, and use, ethical reasoning for responsible decision-making in a culturally and ethnically diverse world.

  • Articulate multiple cultural perspectives in local, national and global communities.
  • Identify and analyze social and ethical challenges, including possible solutions.
  • Demonstrate a responsibility to improve the world through engagement and service.

Globalization and Cultural Diversity 

Students will be able to analyze the impact of multiple factors on the interconnectedness of diverse people in the global environment.

  • Utilize multiple perspectives to evaluate initiatives to address global issues.
  • Describe the nature of global interdependence and its impacts.
  • Articulate an understanding of cultural differences from diverse perspectives.
  • Create inclusive environments to engage people from all backgrounds and beliefs.

Communication

Students will be able to express ideas clearly and coherently to a diverse range of audiences and interact with others in large and small group settings.

  • Use multiple formats to communicate ideas effectively in large and small group settings.
  • Apply fundamental writing strategies to the development of effective written communication.
  • Demonstrate the ability to incorporate multiple informational resources into communication.
  • Demonstrate the ability to create and maintain meaningful and healthy interpersonal relationships.

Critical Thinking 

Students will be able to demonstrate critical thinking skills; including an ability to explain issues, analyze information, articulate probable options and their consequences and make rational decisions.

  • Interpret, analyze and evaluate information by:
    • Discriminating among different degrees of credibility, accuracy and reliability.
    • Recognizing assumptions in sources.
  • Demonstrate an ability to justify conclusions based on evidence.
  • Construct and articulate rationale for well informed decisions.

Specific Knowledge 

Students will demonstrate the depth of knowledge and application in a specific subject matter.

  • Demonstrate skills required for mastery in the subject matter.
  • Identify and propose solutions to challenges or problems encountered in the subject matter.
  • Identify, analyze, apply and evaluate related theories, ideas and concepts.

Integration of Broad Knowledge 

Students will be able to synthesize knowledge from general and specialized studies.

  • Articulate the connection between knowledge gained in the co-curricular with other educational experiences.
  • Apply broad knowledge to co-curricular experiences.