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Institutional Learning Outcomes

The Ashford University Institutional Outcomes reflect the broader mission and purpose of the institution. It is the overarching set of learning outcomes that all students, regardless of discipline, must achieve at graduation. All program and course learning outcomes are mapped to the institutional outcomes, thus reflecting an overall alignment of values, knowledge and skills expected at program completion.

Upon Graduation from Ashford University, undergraduate students will be able to:

1. Synthesize theories and approaches from the subject areas of the general education curriculum to address complex problems.

1a. Utilize interdisciplinary approaches and informed decision-making when solving problems.

1b. Frame problems and construct solutions through reasoned analysis, including consideration of diverse views.

1c. Analyze and present a reasoned response to problems within a wider societal and systems context.

1d. Articulate commonalities and differences across varying cultural, economic, and geographic populations as part of global citizenship.

1e. Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills using adaptable, flexible, creative, and innovative approaches.

2. Integrate skills from the general education competencies when interpreting ideas and arguments in order to respond to civic, societal, environmental, and economic challenges.

2a. Integrate skills from the general education competencies when interpreting ideas and arguments in order to respond to civic, societal, environmental, and economic challenges.

2b. Exhibit clear, sustained, and coherent arguments and narratives in written and oral communication.

2c. Utilize information, media, and technology literacy skills appropriate for an associates or bachelor degree level, by recognizing when information is needed and effectively locating, evaluating, and using the information.

2d. Construct solutions to problems through qualitative or quantitative analysis and/or computational skills and practices.

2e. Display leadership and interdisciplinary teamwork skills.

2f. Employ the skills necessary to engage in lifelong learning through intellectual inquiry.

3. Synthesize proficiencies appropriate to the degree level and discipline or major.

3a. Explain field specific concepts, theories, and practices.

3b. Evaluate complex problems or challenges related to the field by applying field specific concepts, theories, and practices.

4. Construct ethical responses to contemporary issues.

4a. Identify and address key ethical issues, including the application of academic knowledge to the concerns of society.

4b. Articulate the constraints that ethical theories and principles place on responses to specific challenges.

Upon Graduation from Ashford University, graduate students will be able to:

1. Synthesize core proficiencies in the major area of study in a manner appropriate to the degree level to important issues within the field.

1a. Utilize the relevant skills so that knowledge acquired can be utilized in a manner appropriate to the degree level in the major field and/or career.

1b. Provide scholarly support for conclusions related to issues associated with the field and/or career using discipline-appropriate reasoning.

2. Integrate skills from core competencies in order to respond to civic, societal, environmental, and economic challenges.

2a. Apply the principles of critical thinking to contemporary issues.

2b. Exhibit clear, sustained, and coherent arguments and narratives in written and oral communication.

2c. Utilize information literacy skills appropriate to the graduate degree level, by contributing to, expanding, evaluating or refining the information base within the field of study.

2d. Construct and defend solutions to problems through qualitative or quantitative analysis and/or computational skills and practices.

3. Synthesize theories and approaches to the discipline in solving complex problems.

3a. Develop problem solving framework and construct solutions to complex unstructured issues and problems through reasoned analysis, including consideration of diverse views.

3b. Apply knowledge of commonalities and differences across varying cultural, economic, and geographic populations as part of global citizenship.

4. Construct ethical responses to contemporary issues.

4a. Evaluate key ethical issues and apply theory-based knowledge to the concerns of society.

4b. Demonstrate service to the community in responding to local, national, and global challenges.

4c. Evaluate the application of ethical standards in research and practice.

5. Demonstrate lifelong learning skills and self-reflective capacity by engaging in continuous professional and scholarly development.

5a. Apply discipline-specific content and skills to produce works appropriate to the field.

5b. Evaluate contemporary research within the field.

5c. Apply collaborative skills in teams to solve problems.

5d. Demonstrate professional dispositions and behaviors appropriate to the discipline.