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Art
Arts Administration
Athletic Training
Athletics
Biology
BSN in Nursing
Business and M.B.A.
Chemistry/Biochemistry
Communication
Criminal Justice
Engineering Dual Degree
English (Literature Track)
English (Writing Track)
Environmental Studies
Exercise Science
Gender Studies
History
Honors
International Studies
M.S. in Athletic Training
Education
Music/Music Education
Media Studies
Petroleum and Natural Gas Geophysics
B.A. in Physics
B.S. in Applied Physics
Public Relations
Political Science
Social Justice
Sociology
Psychology (Track 1)
Psychology (Track 2)
M.F.A. in Creative Writing
M.S.N.
D.N.P.
Math
Philosophy
Religious Studies
Theatre and Dance
Computer Science/CIS
Library
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Art

Demonstrate understanding of visual elements & principles of design.

The student will be assessed on their ability to use the visual elements (line, shape, value, color, etc.) and the principle of design (balance, unity & variety, emphasis, etc.) to produce successful visual compositions.

Critique effectively.

The student will be assessed on their ability to critique their own work as well as their classmates’ both in oral and written form. In addition, they will be expected to use the proper vocabulary for discussing the subject, form, content, and context.

Use materials and methods properly.

Students will demonstrate understanding of the technical processes of producing art and design using various media and technology. In addition, the student must show an understanding of not only how to use materials effectively but also safely, including proper disposal methods.

Show awareness of art & design in a contemporary & historical context.

Students must demonstrate an awareness of contemporary and historical art and design, as well as notable practitioners, in their area of study. Further, students are expected to articulate their own work within this context, including their contribution to the field and society.

Understand professional practices.

Students will provide a presentation of their work, both visually and verbally. In addition, students will show an awareness of professional standards in representing of their work and personal image. All students will also complete an internship to demonstrate practical application of degree skills.

Develop conceptual content.

Students work to develop original ideas that convey an intended message or emotion to an audience or viewer, thereby testing the effectiveness of the student’s visual communication.

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Arts Administration

Finance

Students will be able to prepare and manage basic budgets for fund development, operations, grant design and financial reporting.

Marketing, Mgt., Group Dynamics

Students will be able to develop marketing plans, oversee venue management, and work with volunteers and a board of directors.

PR and Media

Students will be able to design communication for promotional copy, press releases and online media for a variety of audiences and demonstrate effective audience analysis.

Relationship of the Arts

Students will be able to evaluate and respond to various works of arts, exploring the interdisciplinary relationships between the arts.

Internships

Students will be able to demonstrate practical application of degree skills through internship opportunities.

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Athletic Training

Creative and Critical Thinking

To foster the development of the student’s critical thinking skills through emphasis on problem-based didactic and clinical experiences.

Communicate Effectively

To encourage the development of the student’s communication skills, both verbal and written, utilizing a variety of courses throughout the program.

Act responsibly and within the ethical, professional, clinical and legal parameters of the certified athletic trainer

To prepare the student to become competent in the five performance domains of athletic training.

Diversity of Experiences

To provide the student with an experience throughout the program involving on-campus, off-campus sites with diverse populations of age, gender, race, etc.

Professional Credentialing

To provide the student with the necessary skills and knowledge to become appropriately credentialed.

Post-professional learning

To prepare the student with the necessary skills to obtain graduate school and/or job placement upon graduation.

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Athletics

Student-athletes will identify the ability to work in diverse teams.

Student-athletes will demonstrate improved physical conditioning.

Student-athletes will improve the ability to manage their time.

Student-athletes will learn the importance of contributing to the community through participation in community engagement.

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Biology

Biological Knowledge

Demonstrate your knowledge of the major fields of biology: molecular and cellular biology, physiology, genetics, ecology, evolution, and systematics

Experimental Design and Analysis

Design and conduct experiments, analyze data and place your conclusions in a larger scientific context

Communicate Effectively

Communicate scientific information effectively, both in writing and orally; analyze and discuss current scientific literature; and attribute ideas appropriately by citing sources.

Collaborate

Work effectively in groups to investigate research questions and solve problems

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BSN in Nursing

SLO IIntegrate knowledge from liberal arts, nursing science and related disciplines to inform practice and make reasonable clinical judgments.

Level Competencies: 

Translating and Integrating Scholarship into Practice: Integrate evidence, clinical judgment, inter-professional perspective and patient preference in planning, implementing and evaluating outcomes of care.

  • Sophomore Level Competency: Examine sources of information and recognizes the effects of clinical judgment, interprofessional perspective and patient preference in planning, implementing and evaluating outcomes of care.
  • Junior Level Competency: Make use of evidence, reflecting on the effects of clinical judgement, inter-professional perspective and patient preference in planning, implementing and evaluating outcomes of care.
  • Senior Level Competency: Incorporate evidence, clinical judgment and interprofessional perspective and patient preference in planning, implementing and evaluating outcomes of care.

Background for Practice: Integrate theories and concepts from liberal education to build an understanding of the human experience.

  • Sophomore Level Competency: Recognize the role of theories and concepts from liberal education in building an understanding of the human experience.
  • Junior Level Competency: Apply selected theories and concepts from liberal education to an understanding of the human experience
  • Senior Level Competency: Incorporate theories and concepts from liberal education to build an understanding of the human experience.

SLO II: Effectively communicate and collaborate as a member and leader within the interdisciplinary healthcare team to improve patient care outcomes

Level Competencies:

Inter-professional collaboration and communication to provide quality patient-centered care: Demonstrate effective inter-professional communication and collaboration to provide quality patient-centered care.

  • Sophomore Level Competency: Describe own strengths, limitations and values in functioning as a team member.
  • Junior Level Competency: Communicate with team members, adapting own style of communicating to the needs of the team and situation.
  • Senior Level Competency: Demonstrate team-building and collaborative strategies when when working with interprofessional teams.

SLO III: Ethically manage the direct and indirect care of individuals, families, groups, communities and populations to promote, maintain and restore health.

Level Competencies:

Baccalaureate Generalist Nursing Practice: Demonstrate evolving competence in professional role within a dynamic, multicultural, global society.

  • Sophomore Level Competency: Elicit patient values, preferences and needs as part of clinical interviews and implementation of nursing plans of care.
  • Junior Level Competency: Conduct comprehensive and focused physical, behavioral, psych-social, and spiritual assessments using developmentally and culturally appropriate approaches.
  • Senior Level Competency: Implement holistic, culturally-appropriate, patient-centered care that reflects understanding of human growth and development, pathophysiology, pharmacology, and medical and nursing management for persons across the lifespan in all healthcare settings

SLO IV:   Provide population-focused, culturally-competent, holistic nursing care focusing on health promotion and disease and injury prevention.

Level Competencies:

Clinical Prevention and Population Health for Improving Health: Assess protective and predictive factors that influence the health of individuals, families, groups and populations.

  • Sophomore Level Competency: Discuss ways to assess health/illness beliefs and values and personal health practices of individuals and families.
  • Junior Level Competency: Assess health/illness beliefs, values, attitudes and practices of indiviudals,  and families.
  • Senior Level Competency: Use evidence-based practices to guide health teaching, health counseling, screening, outreach, disease and outbreak invesitgation, referral and follow-up throughout the lifespan.

SLO V: Demonstrate leadership and management skills in the use of human, fiscal, material and information resources in the provision of safe, quality nursing care.

Level Competencies:

Organizational and Systems Leadership; Quality Improvement and Safety: Use leadership skills and knowledge of healthcare to advance high quality, safe professional practice.

  • Sophomore Level Competency: Identify leadership skills in the advancement of  safe, professional healthcare practice.
  • Junior Level Competency: Begin to use leadership skills and knowledge of healthcare for high quality, safe professional practice.
  • Senior Level Competency: : Use leadership skills and knowledge of healthcare for high quality, safe, professional practice.

Health Policy and Advocacy:  Demonstrate basic knowledge of healthcare policy, financing, and regulatory environments in advocating for safe professional practice.

  • Sophomore Level Competency: Identify healthcare policies that affect professional practice.
  • Junior Level Competency: Discuss the relationships among healthcare policy and financing and safe professional practice.
  • Senior Level Competency: Assess how healthcare policy, financing, and regulatory environments affect safe professional practice.

Informatics and Healthcare Technologies:  Manage information and technology to deliver quality patient care in a variety of settings.

  • Sophomore Level Competency: Discus why information and technology skills are essential to safe, quality patient care.
  • Junior Level Competency: Contrast benefits and limitations of different information and technology systems and their impact on safety and quality. Document and plan patient care in an electronic health record.
  • Senior Level Competency: Use information management tools to monitor outcomes of care in a variety of settings.

SLO VI: Demonstrate a commitment to professional growth and improvement, valuing life-long learning and the betterment of the profession.

Level Competencies:

Advancing Professionalism and Professional Values: Demonstratel the professional standards of moral, ethical and legal conduct.

  • Sophomore Level Competency: Discuss professional standands and professionalism in nursing including the inherent values of altruism, autonmy, human dignity, integrity and social justice.
  • Junior Level Competency: Demonstrate professionalism, inclduing atttention to appearance, demeanor, respect fr self and others, and attention to professional boundaries with patients and families as well as among caregivers.
  • Senior Level Competency: Identify personal, professional and environmental risks that impact personal and professional choices and behaviors

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Business and M.B.A.

School of Business Level

Each student will:

  1. Analyze business problems and make informed decisions in all the core functional areas of business.
  2. Conceptualize complex issues into a coherent written statement and oral presentation.
  3. Use leadership, team building, and collaborative behaviors in the accomplishment of group tasks.
  4. Examine current business issues related to globalization and ethics.
  5. Demonstrate competency in quantitative and qualitative analysis in all the core functional areas of business.

Accounting (abbreviated format)

Certified Professional Accounting (CPA) Requirements

Auditing  and Attestation:  Graduates will:

  1. Demonstrate engagement, acceptance and understanding of the audit assignment
  2. Describe the entity and its environment
  3. Perform audit procedures and evaluating evidence
  4. Evaluate audit findings, communications, and reporting
  5. Explain accounting and review services engagements
  6. Discuss professional responsibilities

Financial Accounting and Reporting (FAR): Graduates will:

  1. Identify the conceptual framework, standards, standard setting, and presentation of financial statements
  2. Describe financial statement accounts: Recognition, measurement, valuation, calculation, presentation and disclosures
  3. Conduct specific transactions, events and disclosures: Recognition, measurement, valuation, calculation, presentation and disclosures
  4. Outline governmental accounting and reporting
  5. Describe not-for-profit (Nongovernmental) accounting and reporting

Regulation: Graduates will:

  1. Explain ethical, professional, and legal responsibilities
  2. Utilize appropriate aspects of business law
  3. Explain regulations related to federal tax process, procedures, accounting and planning
  4. Apply procedures of federal taxation of property transactions
  5. Apply procedures of federal taxation of individuals
  6. Apply procedures of federal taxation of entities

Business Environment and Concepts:  Graduates will:

  1. Summarize concepts of corporate governance
  2. Describe economic concepts and analysis
  3. Explain financial management
  4. Apply information systems and communications
  5. Outline a strategic planning process
  6. Ensure appropriate operations management

Business Administration:

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Apply financial and managerial accounting tools and techniques
  2. Utilize financial concepts to make decisions
  3. Explain the core functions of a manager: planning, organizing, leading, and controlling
  4. Identify local and global issues affecting the business environment
  5. Discuss the ethical and legal responsibilities of organizations and the individuals within

Economics:

  1. Describe the supply and demand framework
  2. Analyze the impact of marginal decision making
  3. Relate the material learned in the courses to current events, including the usage of economic models and data
  4. Communicate economics through written and/or spoken presentations to both economic and non-economic audiences
  5. Analyze the relationship between consumers, producers, and the government
  6. Compare and contrast international differences in economic policy and outcomes
  7. Apply the role of ethics in economic decision making

Management:

Plan: Graduates will demonstrate how to successfully plan in business settings
Lead: Graduates will analyze the characteristics and skills essential to lead and support individual and organizational initiatives
Organize: Graduates will explain how the structure and climate of organizations affect its mission and how management can impact these
Control: Graduates will be able to monitor and adjust operations to promote success
Staff: Graduates will be able to select, evaluate, motivate, and support employees in organizations
Execute: Graduates will have the appropriate soft skills to a) communicate effectively in oral and written formats, b) work in teams as a member and/or leader, and c) incorporate ethics in decision making

Marketing:

Addresses American Marketing Association (AMA) professional standards

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Identify the ethical values marketers should embrace
  2. Define the role of marketing in organizations and how marketers create value for a product or service
  3. Describe the elements of and steps involved in developing a strategic marketing plan
  4. Apply techniques used in making marketing strategy decisions and analyzing a marketing situation
  5. Discuss the different techniques for segmentation and defining the target audience
  6. Explain the steps in the consumer buying process, the psychological and social/cultural factors that affect buyer behavior, and post-purchase outcomes
  7. Implement the marketing research process
  8. Explain the various components of and strategies for branding
  9. Explain the various stages involved in developing a new product or service; describe the product life cycle concept; identify different groups of adopters
  10. Describe the various principles and strategies used to set prices, and the variety of pricing orientations considered
  11. Describe the flow of merchandise and information in the supply chain, the various levels of distribution intensity, and types of retailers
  12. Apply the principles of marketing communication, and the strategies, channels used, and budgeting considerations to effectively communicate with stakeholders
  13. Identify marketing metrics and processes used to measure integrated marketing communications success
  14. Explain the role of building relationships with stakeholders and the importance of meeting customer wants and needs
  15. Develop appropriate content for various audiences and purposes using different types of communication channels, including social media
  16. Apply basic design principles to various traditional and non-traditional communication channels
  17. Demonstrate a practice of continuous learning and the ability to locate, evaluate, and apply contemporary information about marketing from a variety of sources

Sport Business:

Aligned to standards of the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA)

  1. Present in written and verbal formats on specific aspects of sport business
  2. Develop a plan to implement and control the strategic sports marketing process
  3. Critically analyze and present case studies in sport business
  4. Integrate theory and research with practical application in the field

MBA Level

Each student will:

  1. Apply higher-order knowledge and skills to the four functional areas of business: accounting, finance, management, and marketing.
  2. Use a results-oriented approach to problem solving and decision making throughout the program.
  3. Analyze complex business problems from a variety of strategic leadership and organizational perspectives.
  4. Make ethical judgements and decisions to ensure socially-responsible and sustainable business practices.

MBA Concentration:

Healthcare Administration

Learning Outcomes

Healthcare Ethics:

  1. Describe basic terms and concepts essential to healthcare ethics
  2. Critically assess key contemporary problems in healthcare ethics
  3. Articulate a position on a key issue in healthcare ethics

Financial Management of Healthcare Organizations:

  1. Identify and describe the financial environment of the healthcare industry and factors which influence the financial viability of healthcare organizations
  2. Describe the importance of financial information in healthcare organizations and its use within the organization
  3. Solve decision analysis problems related to healthcare finance
  4. Demonstrate how healthcare managers can apply financial management theory and principles to make decisions that promote the financial wellbeing of the organization
  5. Utilize spreadsheet applications to perform analysis and produce financial statements for healthcare organizations

Human Resource Management in the Healthcare Industry:

  1. Describe the societal and healthcare trends in the healthcare industry and their impact on human resources
  2. Examine issues in diverse human resource management in the healthcare industry
  3. Identify how to strategically plan for the human resources needed to meet healthcare organizational needs
  4. Describe the activities involved in evaluating and managing healthcare employee performance
  5. Explain how relevant legislation impacts human resource management practices in the healthcare industry
  6. Discuss the effects of ethics, competing value systems, and cultural diversity on the management of human resources in the healthcare industry

Leadership & Planning in Healthcare Organizations:

  1. Identify the critical elements of effective leadership in the healthcare industry
  2. Articulate the components of a healthy work environment, including organizational structure, culture, and management
  3. Analyze various healthcare reforms proposed and the current state and national debates related to these
  4. Discuss changes to the 21st century healthcare workplace and how leaders can utilize change theory to plan for the healthcare organization’s future

 Professional Practice (Healthcare Internship):

Outcomes developed on an individual basis, through consultation among field supervisor, faculty sponsor, and graduate student

MBA Concentration:

Human Resource Management

Learning Outcomes

 Human Resource Management:

  1. Describe the structure and functions of human resources within the enterprise
  2. Examine the strategic role of HRM and the importance of effective management of people
  3. Identify the legal and ethical dimensions of HRM
  4. Design and conduct the personnel planning and recruitment process
  5. Research and discuss the challenges of HRM in today’s environment, including such areas as international business, training and development, personnel evaluation, labor relations and collective bargaining, and teamwork and leadership
  6. Analyze personnel situations, applying appropriate concepts and developing accurate conclusions

Labor Economics:

  1. Describe the organization, functioning and outcomes of labor markets
  2. Recognize the decisions of prospective and present labor market participants
  3. Explain the laws and public policies relating to the employment and payment of labor resources
  4. Demonstrate an awareness of the current labor market situation and what you will face as a labor market participant

Negotiations & Conflict Resolution:

  1. Describe the major concepts and theories behind negotiation
  2. Examine the dynamics and management of interpersonal and intergroup conflict and resolution of the same
  3. Develop skills in analyzing, planning, and implementing decision making process of negotiation

Project Management:

  1. Demonstrate effective project management, including an analysis of strategic issues
  2. Demonstrate the role of the Project Manager in the successful initiation, execution, and completion of a project
  3. Make appropriate decisions concerning, organizational structure and roles of project participant
  4. Demonstrate skills in forming, developing, and leading a project team
  5. Develop and integrate core management plans needed for a project (e.g. Scope, Quality, Schedule, Budget and Cost, and Communication)
  6. Make appropriate decisions concerning: Human resources management, Risk management, Procurement management
  7. Use the phases of the project life cycle and the tools, techniques and issues involved for monitoring and control.
  8. Effectively use project management tools and techniques to support project management functions including: Planning work, schedules, costs, human resources, etc., Controlling project progress and assessing risks, and Reporting project status to stakeholders

MBA Concentration:

Labour & Law

Learning Outcomes

 Human Resource Management:

  1. Describe the structure and functions of human resources within the enterprise
  2. Examine the strategic role of HRM and the importance of effective management of people
  3. Identify the legal and ethical dimensions of HRM
  4. Design and conduct the personnel planning and recruitment process
  5. Research and discuss the challenges of HRM in today’s environment, including such areas as international business, training and development, personnel evaluation, labor relations and collective bargaining, and teamwork and leadership
  6. Analyze personnel situations, applying appropriate concepts and developing accurate conclusions

Labor Economics:

  1. Describe the organization, functioning and outcomes of labor markets
  2. Recognize the decisions of prospective and present labor market participants
  3. Explain the laws and public policies relating to the employment and payment of labo resources
  4. Demonstrate an awareness of the current labor market situation and what you will face as a labor market participant

Negotiations & Conflict Resolution:

  1. Describe the major concepts and theories behind negotiation
  2. Examine the dynamics and management of interpersonal and intergroup conflict and resolution of the same
  3. Develop skills in analyzing, planning, and implementing decision making process of negotiation

Business Law:

  1. Identify legal liabilities which generally are more difficult to quantify than those appearing on standard financial statements
  2. Explain the concepts of premises’ liability, vicarious liability, strict or absolute liability, joint and several liability, HRM liability
  3. Analyze strategies to be both reactive and proactive to legal issues arising in the business world

MBA Concentration:

Nonprofit Management

Learning Outcomes

 Management of Nonprofit Organizations:

  1. Explain the role of non-profit organizations in our communities, society, and the global economy
  2. Identify distinctive aspects of non-profit operations as compared to those of for-profit businesses
  3. Apply specific leadership theory and management techniques to enhance the effectiveness of nonprofits
  4. Develop a process of continuous planning, evaluation, and improvement of non-profit operations, services, and programs
  5. Demonstrate critical analysis of research and other readings in the field and how to apply this information within a specific organization

Human Resource Management:

  1. Describe the structure and functions of human resources within the enterprise
  2. Examine the strategic role of HRM and the importance of effective management of people
  3. Identify the legal and ethical dimensions of HRM
  4. Design and conduct the personnel planning and recruitment process
  5. Research and discuss the challenges of HRM in today’s environment, including such areas as international business, training and development, personnel evaluation, labor relations and collective bargaining, and teamwork and leadership
  6. Analyze personnel situations, applying appropriate concepts and developing accurate conclusions

Project Management:

  1. Demonstrate effective project management, including an analysis of strategic issues
  2. Demonstrate the role of the Project Manager in the successful initiation, execution, and completion of a project
  3. Make appropriate decisions concerning, organizational structure and roles of project participant
  4. Demonstrate skills in forming, developing, and leading a project team
  5. Develop and integrate core management plans needed for a project (e.g. Scope, Quality, Schedule, Budget and Cost, and Communication)
  6. Make appropriate decisions concerning: Human resources management, Risk management, Procurement management
  7. Use the phases of the project life cycle and the tools, techniques and issues involved for monitoring and control.
  8. Effectively use project management tools and techniques to support project management functions including: Planning work, schedules, costs, human resources, etc., Controlling project progress and assessing risks, and Reporting project status to stakeholders

Nonprofit Funding:

  1. Describe the historic development and current status of nonprofit fundraising practices
  2. Identify the legal and ethical implications of nonprofit funding
  3. Explain the role of prospect development and donor stewardship in nonprofit funding
  4. Develop a fundraising plan for a nonprofit organization

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Chemistry / Biochemistry

Foundational Knowledge

Demonstrate foundational knowledge in the major fields of chemistry: inorganic, organic, analytical, physical, and biochemistry.

In-Depth Knowledge

Possess in-depth knowledge in particular aspect of chemistry, biochemistry, materials science, chemical hygiene, and/or pharmaceutical science.

Experimentation and Instrumentation

Design and execute experiments, utilize modern instrumentation for chemical and biochemical analysis, analyze data, and present conclusions.

Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Become a more confident scientific thinker and apply knowledge to solve chemical, physical, and/or biochemical problems.

Communication and Use of Literature

Search, comprehend, and communicate findings from scientific literature and present scientific material orally and in professionally prepared scientific report format.

Lab Safety and Professional Development

Obtain skills and formal lab safety training for employment or for professional or graduate school.

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Communication

Theories, Principles, Research Methods

Students will demonstrate an understanding of communication theories, principles, and research methods.

Effective and Ethical

Students will develop a repertoire of communication skills in order to be an effective and ethical communicator across contexts.

Self-knowledge and Communication Principles

Students will demonstrate an ability to integrate self-knowledge and communication principles in order to evaluate the effectiveness and appropriateness of communication.

Well-reasoned Arguments

Students will develop well-reasoned arguments both orally and in writing.

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Criminal Justice

Mastery of Criminal Justice Core Content

Demonstrate knowledge of core concepts in the field, including: the structure and operation of the justice system, crime and its definitions, philosophies of punishment, justice, and deviance, and how to evaluate research findings and apply research methods that demonstrate proficiency in oral and written communication skills and information literacy.

Application of Concepts

Recognize and apply theory and practice through participation in research, service learning, study abroad, civic engagement, and/or internships.

System Components

Identify and explain the role and limitations of each component of the system.

Social Inequalities

Analyze the functions and impacts of social inequalities and power on the functioning of the justice system and the content of law.

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Engineering Dual Degree

Apply knowledge

The student can apply knowledge of physics and math to solve problems. (This outcome is related to ABET outcomes a and e.)

Experimental design

Teams of students can apply an evidence-based problem-solving method that identifies an applied-science problem, designs an appropriate experiment, analyzes the data, and communicates the result. (This outcome is related to ABET outcomes b, c, d, and g.)

Tools and techniques

The student can use the tools and techniques of applied physics and math. (This outcome is related to ABET outcome k.)

Societal impact of engineering

The student recognizes a responsibliity for life-long learning to apply physics to contemporary ethical and societal issues. (This outcome is related to ABET outcomes f, h, i, and j.)

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English (Literature Track)

Application of Theory and Literary Terms

Graduates in the literature track will be able to apply critical terminology and literary theory.

Knowledge of Major Writers

Graduates will demonstrate knowledge of major writers from major periods in American and British literary history.

Literary Analysis

Graduates will be able to analyze literature effectively.

Writing

Graduates will be able to write well.

Admission to Graduate or Professional School

Graduates will be able to gain admission to graduate school or law school.

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English (Writing Track)

Writing Proficiency

Graduates in the writing track will be able to write quality creative poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and/or drama.

Craft and Technique

Graduates in the writing track demonstrate knowledge of craft and technique through critiquing their own work and that of other writers.

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Environmental Studies

Knowledge

Demonstrate your knowledge of the major fields of environmental studies, including the fields of biology, ecology, economics, and sociology.

Experimental Design and Analysis

Design and conduct experiments, analyze data, incorporate published scientific research, and place your conclusions in a larger scientific context.

Communicate Effectively

Communicate scientific information effectively, both in writing and orally; analyze and discuss current scientific literature.

Collaborate

Work effectively in groups to investigate research questions and solve problems.

Sustainability Awareness

Demonstrate the ability to integrate social issues, economics, and environmental science as the “three pillars” of sustainability within the local community

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Exercise Science

Creative and critical thinking

To foster the development of the student’s critical thinking skills through emphasis on problem-based didactic and clinical experiences.

Effective communication

To encourage the development of the student’s communication skills, both verbal and written, utilizing a variety of courses throughout the program.

Responsible action within the ethical, professional, clinical and legal parameters of the entry-level exercise science practitioner

To prepare the student to become competent in the scope of practice for exercise physiologists per the American College of Sports Medicine.

Diversity of experiences

To provide the student with an experience throughout the program involving on-campus, off-campus sites with diverse populations of age, gender, race, physical and mental ability, etc.

Professional credentialing

To provide the student with the necessary skills and knowledge to become appropriately credentialed.

Post-professional learning

To prepare the student with the necessary skills to obtain graduate school and/or job placement upon graduation.

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Gender Studies

Knowledge of Gender Issues

Graduates will demonstrate knowledge of historical and contemporary issues of gender, sexuality, race, and class.

Analysis of Social Construction

Graduates will be able to analyze the social construction of sex, gender, and sexuality in historical and contemporary contexts through the organization and mobilization of relations of power in order to make visible the implications of categorizations of sex and gender in political, economic, and social lives.

Research Ability

Graduates will possess the skills and theoretical knowledge to be able to pursue scholarly research in the field.

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History

Historical Content and Chronology

Within the context of the subject matter in history pursued by the student, he or she will be expected, given appropriate notice and time for preparation, to discuss the subject matter intelligently as would a historian, albeit an novice one. Students will be able to explain continuity and change over time and place and articulate factual and contextual knowledge in both western and non-western histories.

Critical Thinking

Students in history are most likely to think critically when they encounter conflicting evidence on the historical topic of interest to them. Students will recognize that there is no one historical truth though the identification and examination of the fundamental problems of historical interpretation and the study of the historical “schools” of analysis in western and non-western fields. History graduates, then, will demonstrate an ability to evaluate the validity of opposing perspectives on historical issues, and thereby develop skills in critical thinking.

Effective Historical Research and Writing

Students will express their knowledge and ideas in clear and purposeful writing using multiple research techniques and methods. Students will conduct historical and archival research, independently and /or collaboratively, to integrate it with established scholarly work, and to present findings in written forms that acknowledge sources properly, fully and fairly. The faculty wish to equip history graduates with the disciplinary skills and knowledge that will provide structure for their historical studies.

Oral Communication

Skill in oral communication is fundamental to most careers and one of the means in which faculty determine the historical interest and comprehension of students. In conjunction with their historical research and writing, students will also express their historical knowledge in oral formats. History graduates will demonstrate their ability to speak knowledgeably and appropriately in a variety of academic settings.

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Honors

West Virginia Wesleyan College Honors Program Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students participating in the Honors Program will regularly and actively participate in the cultural and intellectual life of the college.
  2. Graduating Honors students will report an overall benefit from the program, reflected in a strong sense of community, academic rigor, and program ownership.

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International Studies

Demonstrate analytical and critical writing and speaking skills about the international community.

Demonstrate knowledge of economic, historical, political and cultural factors between nation-states in the regional and international arena.

Develop Intercultural awareness.

Identify and describe thematic problems and issues from a cultural, historical, economic, social or political viewpoint.

Demonstrate proficiency in basic social science or historical research methods.

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M.S. in Athletic Training

Provide the student with an experience throughout the program involving on-campus, off-campus sites with diverse populations of age, gender, race, etc.

Improvement of communication skills

Encourage the development of the student’s communication skills, both verbal and written utilizing a variety of courses throughout the program.

Enhance critical thinking skills.

Foster the continued development of the students’ critical thinking skills through emphasis on problem-based didactic and clinical experiences.

Enhance skills for employment or additional graduate work

Provide the student with a wide range of traditional and emerging healthcare provider skills.

Diverse experience in an ethical manner

To prepare the student with an experience throughout the program to better engage and serve a diverse population.

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Education (Undergraduate)

Cultural, Social, and School Contexts

  • Incorporate technology and 21st century knowledge, skills, and techniques into instructional strategies to promote higher-level student learning.

Individual Differences and Diversity

  • Design and implement a variety of instructional strategies that promote learning experiences connected to students’ diversity in culture, gender, disability, linguistics, and family differences.
  • Synthesize and apply the various learning theories of behaviorism, cognitivism, and constructivism to facilitate the learning of diverse students.

Instruction and Learning

  • Apply decision-making skills to the analysis of the curriculum and modifications necessary to meet individual learner needs and comply with legal and policy requirements
  • Apply subject matter pedagogy and ability to design instructional experiences that promote creativity innovation, and problem solving.

Evaluation and Decision Making

  • Demonstrate an ability to prepare and apply balanced assessment and to use assessment results to modify instruction.
  • Demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions appropriate for meeting state standards and content specialization standards expected for professional teaching candidates.

Professional, Personal, and Ethical Roles

  • Understand the need for reflective leadership to create effective inclusive classrooms and practical strategies for change.
  • Understand the strengths and limitations of educational research and its application for the continuous improvement of educational practice.

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Music / Music Education

Music Theory Fundamentals

Students will demonstrate proficiency with the standard concepts of music theory including part-writing, counterpoint, ear training, sight reading, and theoretical analysis of music from a variety of eras and styles.

Historical Knowledge

Students will differentiate the historical contexts of Western musical tradition from medieval times to the present.

Performance

Students will demonstrate a level of performance skills that includes standard literature and studies requisite for graduate study.

Teaching and Learning Methods

Students will demonstrate knowledge of current teaching methods and learning theories, as well as the ability to plan and deliver instruction successfully to diverse groups of students in a variety of musical contexts, using currently available materials and technologies.

Campus Enrichment

Students will participate in an enhanced cultural life on the campus and in the greater community through their music courses, and attendance in ensembles and concerts, promulgating a variety of musical styles.

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Media Studies

Effective Communication Development

Students will develop multiple communication messages across a variety of media delivery platforms.

Ethical and Responsible Communication Messages

Students will develop effective ethical, legal and theoretical self-knowledge as it concerns mediated communication.

Service to the Community

Students will apply critical thought to communicate messages to local service.

Technical Skills

Students will demonstrate technical knowledge as it applies to the broadcast media industry.

Demonstrate the role of ethics in economic decision making

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Petroleum and Natural Gas Geophysics

Apply knowledge

The student can apply knowledge of PNG geophysics to solve problems.

Experimental design

The student can apply an evidence-based problem-solving method that identifies a PNG geophysics problem, designs an appropriate experiment, analyzes the data, and communicates the result.

Tools and techniques

The student can use the tools and techniques of PNG geophysics.

Societal impact of physics

The student can examine the role of PNG geophysics in contemporary societal issues.

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B.A. in Physics

Apply knowledge

The student can apply knowledge of physics to solve problems.

Experimental design

The student can apply an evidence-based problem-solving method that identifies a physics problem, designs an appropriate experiment, analyzes the data, and communicates the result.

Tools and techniques

The student can use the tools and techniques of physics.

Societal impact of physics

The student can examine the role of physics in contemporary societal issues.

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B.S. in Applied Physics

Apply knowledge

The student can apply comprehensive knowledge of physics to solve problems.

Experimental design

The student can apply an evidence-based problem-solving method that identifies a physics problem, designs an appropriate experiment, analyzes the data, and communicates the result.

Tools and techniques

The student can use advanced tools and techniques of physics.

Societal impact of physics

The student can examine the role of physics in contemporary societal issues.

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Public Relations

Research and Analysis

Students will demonstrate competence in using research and analysis to predict trends, synthesize information from a variety of sources, analyze audiences and solve problems to meet client needs.

Planning Skills

Students will demonstrate competence in using planning skills to organize and implement communication programs to further client goals.

Communication Skills

Students will demonstrate an ability to communicate clearly, ethically and effectively using print, broadcast and electronic communication channels.

Message Evaluation

Students will demonstrate an ability to evaluate the effectiveness and appropriateness of public relations messages.

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Political Science

Central Concepts, Patterns and Research Evaluation

Students will articulate central concepts, principles, and patterns of political behavior, evaluate research findings, and apply research methods that demonstrate proficiency in oral and written communication skills.

Assess Local, National, and International Forces

Students will critically analyze and communicate the impact of relevant local, national, and international political forces on individual, societal, economic and global structures.

Recognize and apply theory through research/service

Students will demonstrate knowledge of Political Science through participation in research, service learning, study abroad, civic engagement, and/or internships.

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Social Justice

Central concepts and principles of Social Justice

Graduates will be able to articulate central concepts and principles of social justice from a variety of perspectives, evaluate research findings and apply research methods that demonstrate proficiency in oral and written communication skills and information literacy.

Analysis

Graduates will be able to analyze the functions and impacts of specific social practices and policies.

Strategies of Advocacy

Graduates will be able to identify and explain the varied intersections of cultural and societal difference and formulate strategies of advocacy that promote social and ethical responsibility and non-discrimination.

Apply theory and practice

Graduates will be able to recognize and apply theory and practice through participation in service learning, study abroad, civic engagement, internships and other out-of-classroom learning experiences.

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Sociology

Mastery of Sociological Terms and Concepts

Students will demonstrate knowledge of the core principles in the field, including: familiarity with the social structure, culture, social institutions, theories and major theoretical paradigms.

Sociological Imagination

Students will be able to apply the sociological imagination in analyzing culture, inequality, organization, and institutions (including family, education, and the economy), which facilitates cultural relativism and an acceptance of diversity.

Social Inequalities

Students will understand social stratification and the difficulties that minority groups encounter, and have an awareness of social problems in global society.

Demonstrate Effective Communication Skills, Career and/or Graduate School Readiness

Students will demonstrate effective writing and oral communication skills, to include an understanding the research process, and demonstrate knowledge necessary for advanced studies or a career.

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Psychology (Track 1)

Application

Students will demonstrate the ability to apply principles and theories to professional settings under supervision.

Content Knowledge

Students will demonstrate knowledge of the major principles, research methods and theories of human and animal behavior.

Graduate School

Students will be able to gain admission to graduate school programs in psychology and related social fields.

Oral Defense

Students will demonstrate a proficiency in oral presentation and defense of their research.

Program Satisfaction

Students and alumni will express satisfaction with department faculty and curriculum

Research

Students will be able to design, execute, critically analyze and report study of some aspect of human or animal behavior.

Self-Other Understanding

Students will indicate improved understanding of self and others as a result of their experiences in the psychology program.

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Psychology (Track 2)

Application

Students will demonstrate the ability to apply principles and theories to professional settings under supervision.

Content Knowledge

Students will demonstrate knowledge of the major principles, research methods and theories of human and animal behavior.

Graduate School

Students will be able to gain admission to graduate school programs in psychology and related social fields.

Oral Defense

Students will demonstrate a proficiency in oral presentation and defense of their research.

Program Satisfaction

Students and alumni will express satisfaction with department faculty and curriculum

Research

Students will be able to design, execute, critically analyze and report study of some aspect of human or animal behavior.

Self-Other Understanding

Students will indicate improved understanding of self and others as a result of their experiences in the psychology program.

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M.F.A. in Creative Writing

Versant in Craft of Creative Writing

Students who complete the WVWC low-residency MFA program will be versant in the craft of creative writing with a thorough grounding in the best that is being written.

Proficient in creative writing

Students who complete the WVWC low-residency MFA program will be proficient in the craft and technique of creative writing while deepening and enlarging their writing mind and talent.

Participant in Writing Community

Students who complete the WVWC low-residency MFA program will be an active and productive as member of a community of writers who will mutually enrich each other’s life and writing.

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M.S.N.

SLO I: Integrate theory and research from sciences, social sciences, humanities, and nursing into interdisciplinary practice to promote safe and effective nursing care.

  • Translating and Integrating Scholarship into Practice: Integrate theory, evidence, clinical judgment, research and inter-professional perspectives using translational processes to improve practice and associated health outcomes for patients.
  • Background for Practice from Sciences and Humanities: Synthesize nursing science with knowledge from ethics, biophysical, psychosocial, analytical, public health and organizational sciences to design advanced nursing care for diverse populations.

SLO II: Lead inter-professional teams to improve patient and population health outcomes

  • Interprofessional Communication and Collaboration for Improving Patient and Population Health Outcomes: Employ effective collaborative strategies and communication skills in leading intra-professional and inter-professional teams in the design, coordination, and evaluation of patient-centered care.

SLO III: Demonstrate clinical competence in a specialty that is anchored in ethical advanced nursing practice.

  • Master’s-Level Nursing Practice: Synthesize concepts including ecological, global and social determinants of health, principles of genetics and genomics, and epidemiologic data to design, deliver and evaluate culturally relevant clinical interventions and strategies.

SLO IV: Design population-focused, culturally-competent health services for vulnerable populations.

  • Clinical Prevention and Population Health for Improving Health: Using culturally sensitive approaches, conduct a comprehensive and systematic assessment of health and illness parameters in a complex situation.

SLO V: Apply principles of leadership in the applicationo f strategies such as evidence-based best practices, performance improvement and quality assurance activities and informationt echnology initiatives to improve patient care and health systems.

  • Organizational and System Leadership; Quality Improvement and Safety: Operationalize safe, quality health care services, applying leadership skills and ethical decision-making in the provision of culturally-responsive high quality nursing care.
  • Health Policy and Advocacy: Analyze the impact of health policies on the structure and financing of health care, healthcare practices and healthcare outcomes.
  • Informatics and Healthcare Technologies: Analyze current and emerging technologies and develop strategies to support safe practice environments and reduce risk while optimizing patient safety, cost-effectiveness and health outcomes.

SLO VI: Develop professional goals that reflect a commitment to professional development, lifelong learning and continued scholarship.

  • Professionalism and Professional Values: Contribute to the profession of nursing by engaging in leadership, scholarship and practice activities.

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D.N.P

SLO I: Translate knowledge from the sciences and nursing to promote optimal health in vulnerable populations, diverse settings, and systems.

  • Scientifc Underpinnings for Practice: Integrate nursing science with knowledge from ethics, biophysical, psychosocial, analytical, public health and organizational sciences to design advanced nursing care for diverse populations. (DNP Essential I)
  • Clinical Scholarship and Analytical Methods for Evidence-Based Practice: Translate the results of evidence-based practice protocols, systems changes and health care initiatives for health disparities and vulnerable populations. (DNP Essential III)

SLO II: Lead inter-professional teams to effect change and improve patient and population health outcomes

  • Interprofessional Collaboration for Improving Patient and Population Health Outcomes: Employ effective collaborative strategies and communication skills in leading intra-professional and inter-professional teams in efforts to improve patient and populatin health outcomes for vulnerable populations. (DNP Essential VI).

SLO III:  Advance the practice of nursing through clinical scholarship and scientific inquiry to transform health care practice and systems in one’s area of specialization.

  • DNP-Level Nursing Practice: Employ advanced levels of clinical judgment, systems thinking, and accountability in designing, delivering, and evaluating evidence-based care to improve patient and system outcomes. (DNP Essential VIII)

 SLO IV: Design population-focused, culturally-competent health services for vulnerable populations.

  • Clinical Prevention and Population Health for Improving the Nation’s Health: Critically apprasise concepts including ecological, global and social determinants of health, principles of genetics and genomics, and epidemiologic data to enhance the design, delivery and evaluation of  culturally relevant clinical interventions and strategies for vulnerable populations. (DNP Essential VII)

SLO V: Assume leadership roles and collaborate with other professionals to effect changes within complex systems.

  • Organizational and System Leadership for Quality Improvement and Systems Thinking: Ensure accounability for quality health care services and safety of patient populations; apply leadership skills and ethical decision-making in the provision of culturally-responsive high quality nursing care. (DNP Essential II)
  • Health Care Policy for Advocacy in Health Care: Critically analyze the impact of health policies on the structure and financing of health care, healthcare practices and healthcare outcomes. (DNP Essential V)
  • Information Systems/Technology and Patient Care Technology for the Improvement and Transformation of Health Care: Provide leadership in the analysis of current and emerging technologies. Develop strategies to support safe practice environments while reducing risk and optimizing patient safety, cost-effectiveness and positive health outcomes. (DNP Essential IV)

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Math

Oral communication

Students will demonstrate effective oral communication of mathematics.

Problem solving

Students will analyze a given problem or situation using appropriate problem solving techniques.

Written reports

Students will demonstrate the ability to select and research a topic or problem and prepare a series of detailed written reports on that topic.

Technology

Students will demonstrate an effective use of technology, especially computer algebra systems, as an aid to solving problems.

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Philosophy

Recognizing Arguments

Graduates will demonstrate the ability to distinguish arguments from non-arguments and will be able to provide reasoned assessments of soundness/cogency in simple cases.

Analyzing Arguments

Graduates will be able to demonstrate competence in analyzing arguments.

Defending a Thesis

Graduates will demonstrate an ability to defend a philosophical thesis.

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Religious Studies

Students will demonstrate knowledge of the core beliefs and practices of religious traditions.

Students will be able to reason theologically, interpret texts critically, and engage with religious diversity.

Students will understand the complexities, ambiguities and mysteries of lived faith.

Students will be able to articulate, be thoughtful, and be self-aware about their own religious and theological commitments.

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Theatre and Dance

Practices

Students will recognize and recreate the practices of theatre-making from multiple perspectives.

Literature

Students will recall and compare the literature of theatre.

Vocabulary

Students will define and apply the vocabulary of theatre.

Materials and Skills

Students will prepare materials and demonstrate skills for participation in theatre-making.

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Computer Science / CIS

Critical Thinking Skills

Students will be able to apply critical thinking to analyze a problem and develop a suitable solution utilizing the computer as a tool.

Technical Understanding of Computer Science

Students will demonstrate a fundamental knowledge of computers systems including both hardware and software.

Project Experience

Students will work on a non-trivial project to utilize their computing skills.

High-Level Programming Skills

Students will demonstrate proficiency in high-level programming skills.

Communication and Organizational Skills

Students will make effective presentations in face-to-face, written and electronic communications.

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Library

Information Literacy

Students will be able to identify what type of information, evidence, or knowledge is needed to answer a question or solve a problem.

Collections

Students will be able to find and use resources for information, inspiration, and entertainment.

Places

Students will be able to navigate and use physical and virtual places to locate information, discuss it, and share it with others.

Services

Students will be empowered to accomplish their goals.

Connections

Students will recognize that they are part of a larger community of information seekers from other times and places.

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Learning Center

Study Strategy Gains (COLL-104)

Students who enroll in the College Study Strategies class will report improved knowledge and skills for college level study.

Walk-In Tutoring Satisfaction

Students who attend Walk-In Tutoring will express satisfaction with assistance given during the tutoring session, direction and purpose given for future study, and the tutor’s helping attitude. The Walk-In Tutoring system is certified, Level I, by the Reading and Learning Association.

Student Satisfaction with Services

Students enrolled in the Learning Center structured support program for students with learning disabilities will express satisfaction with the support and services set up to provide academic assistance and accommodations.

Academic “good standing”

The students enrolled in the structured support program for students with learning disabilities will maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better.

Language Processing Gains (DEVL-040-043)

Students enrolled in Lindamood-Bell Learning Methods will improve their ability to decode and encode written symbols and improve their receptive and expressive oral and written language comprehension.

Mentor Advantage Satisfaction/Effectiveness (COLL-120, 121, 123, 124; DEVL-027-029)

Students enrolled in three or more hours of one-to-one professional mentoring through the Mentor Advantage Program will report they receive assistance in developing 1) an academic work plan, 2) strategies to complete the work, and 3) an individualized system to stay organized. Enrolled students will be surveyed in the spring semester to assess satisfaction with the support received in guiding future study outside of the mentoring session, in developing and strengthening a repertoire of academic strategies, and in organizing course work by forming a systemized approach that works for the student. In addition, students will be asked open ended questions to assess the strengths of the program and to offer ideas for program improvement.

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