Student Learning Outcomes Assessment

College-wide integrative and applied learning – synthesis and advanced accomplishment across the Core Curriculum, specialized studies, student affairs and athletics

The packaging of the College’s student learning outcomes is guided by the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC &U):

“Empowered and informed learners are also responsible. Through discussion, critical analysis, and introspection, they come to understand their roles in society and accept active participation. Open-minded and empathetic, responsible learners understand how abstract values relate to decisions in their lives. Responsible learners appreciate others, while also assuming accountability for themselves, their complex identities, and their conduct . . . they help society shape its ethical values, and then live by those values.” 

AAC&U. (2002). Greater expectations: A new vision for learning as a nation goes to school (National Panel Report AAC&U, p.23). 



Notre Dame College has developed an engaged responsibility curriculum that is aligned with the College’s mission:


Notre Dame College, a Catholic institution in the tradition of the Sisters of Notre Dame, educates a diverse population in the liberal arts for personal, professional and global responsibility.

Mission Aligned Student Learning Goals:

Personal Responsibility: Students will develop character and skills to help them choose a life that honors accountability, values and purpose.

Professional Responsibility:  Students will develop a comprehensive knowledge of a chosen discipline and the competencies needed to support their potential role in contributing to and enriching it.

Global Responsibility:

Students will develop an appreciation of the world beyond them at local, national and global level as well as an awareness of their role in having a positive impact upon the world at any or all of these levels.

Engaged Responsibility Core Curriculum Goals:

Students will:

  1. Demonstrate awareness of responsibility for self and for others

  2. Acquire and demonstrate the principles of living a purposeful and ethical life

  3. Analyze, interpret and evaluate global issues

  4. Develop an appreciation for cultures other than their own to better participate as responsible world citizens


College-wide Academic Student Learning Outcomes


Written Communication Fluency – Students will be able to produce clear, correct, coherent prose adaptive to purpose, occasion and audience while adhering to appropriate style and formatting.

Oral Communication Fluency – Students will be able to communicate orally in clear, coherent and persuasive language appropriate to purpose, occasion and audience.

Quantitative Fluency – Students will be able to question, interpret, manipulate and analyze numbers encountered in all aspects of life.

Information fluency – Students will be able to evaluate information from various sources for accuracy, significance and validity and correctly incorporate information into projects, papers and performances.

Digital Media Fluency – Students will develop and demonstrate their knowledge of the operations, capabilities and application of computers sufficient for the student to function in the classroom and in the workplace.

Literary Inquiry – Students will be able to analyze and interpret a variety of printed materials (books, articles, documents)

Theological Inquiry – Students will be able to engage in intellectual and respectful inquiry into major faith traditions while examining their own faith commitment

Creative Inquiry – Students will be able to use creative, innovative and imaginative methods of inquiry to solve problems and develop intellectual and creative products.

Ethical Inquiry – Students will be able to analyze ethical issues in personal, professional and civic realms and think critically to produce reasoned evaluations of ethical claims.

Scientific Inquiry – Students will develop and demonstrate an understanding of the nature of scientific investigation and the role of science in the development of a body of knowledge to be better able to ask questions, collect evidence and construct explanations.

Core Curriculum Outcomes

Students will be able to:

Written Fluency

  1. Construct sustained, coherent arguments or presentations in more than one medium for general and specific audiences
  2. Demonstrate effective communication skills using conventions of Standard English, especially in academic writing

Oral Fluency

  1. Demonstrate basic competence in outlining and preparing speeches
  2. Demonstrate competence in delivering informative and persuasive speeches

Quantitative Fluency

  1. Analyze and use critical thinking to solve mathematical applications
  2. Solve problems with mathematical competency and a willingness to find multiple strategies

Literary Inquiry

  1. Explore the depth and breadth of the human experience expressed in the literature of a variety of genres
  2. Refine skills of inferential and critical reading
  3. Engage in thoughtful and reasoned conversation, as well as analytical writing informed by research

Theological Inquiry

  1. Demonstrate skill in examining theological assumptions about themselves and the world
  2. Assess some responses to timeless questions about God, morality, and the life hereafter
  3. Compare their own beliefs with  those of others to grow in clarity and depth
  4. Apply values of social justice to critical global issues

Creative Inquiry

  1. Develop both creative and analytical thinking through the exploration of the creative process
  2. Define and apply the vocabulary related to the elements, forms and styles of the respective media

Scientific Inquiry

  1. Describe how science is a process to gain knowledge of natural phenomena (through the scientific method)
  2. Demonstrate factual knowledge in a specific discipline (depending on the course)
  3. Explore the role of science in society
  4. Critically evaluate the validity of scientific claims

Philosophical Inquiry

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the traditional themes in the discipline of philosophy, especially those relating to the human person and the liberal arts tradition, e.g., ethics, social philosophy, aesthetics, critical thinking, epistemology, and metaphysics
  2. Demonstrate an ability to interpret and analyze philosophical questions and propose answers to them carefully and critically, using historical context and logical reasoning
  3. Demonstrate critical thinking and analysis skills in reading philosophical texts


February 26
8:00 PM
Sunday February 26, 8:00pm
Regina Chapel
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