Core Student Learning Goals Inquiry and Critical Thinking inquiry & problem solving: collect, evaluate, and analyze information and resources to solve problems or answer questions. research methods & application: approach complex issues by taking a large question and breaking it down into manageable pieces. synthesis & context: make meaningful connections among assignments and readings in order to develop a sense of the ‘big picture.’ Communication/Self-Expression argumentation: formulate an original thesis-driven argument and sustain it in both written and verbal communication. analysis: identify, analyze, and summarize/represent the key elements of a text. disciplinary awareness: enter/place themselves into an existing dialogue (intellectual, political, etc.). expression of ideas: express ideas clearly in writing and speaking in order to synthesize and evaluate information before presenting it. Global Perspective-Diversity-Civic Engagement disciplinary perspective: understand events and processes as ‘disciplinarily’ situated. global perspective: interact with concepts, ideas, and processes related to the interdependences between personal, local, and global relationships. diversity: think outside of cultural norms and values, including their own perspectives, to critically engage the larger world. civic engagement: interact with concepts, ideas, and processes related to civic engagement. Quantitative Literacy Use quantitative evidence (including statistics, graphs, etc.) in support of an argument. Analyze and evaluate a chart or graph and interpret it (through discussion, a written assignment, etc.) Find quantitative data to support an argument.