2.2a Baccalaureate programs engage students in an integrated course of study of sufficient breadth and depth to prepare them for work, citizenship, and life-long learning. These programs ensure the development of core competencies including, but not limited to, written and oral communication, quantitative reasoning, information literacy, and critical thinking. In addition, baccalaureate programs actively foster creativity, innovation, an appreciation for diversity, ethical and civic responsibility, civic engagement, and the ability to work with others. Baccalaureate programs also ensure breadth for all students in cultural and aesthetic, social and political, and scientific and technical knowledge expected of educated persons. Undergraduate degrees include significant in-depth study in a given area of knowledge (typically described in terms of a program or major).
GUIDELINE: The institution has a program of General Education that is integrated throughout the curriculum, including at the upper division level, together with significant in-depth study in a given area of knowledge (typically described in terms of a program or major).
Learning Goal: Through the core curriculum, students will gain an understanding of the standards by which information is evaluated in society. Students will learn to judge the authenticity, validity, reliability, and originality of the sources of information they use. They will be able to do the research necessary to weigh evidence objectively in traditional and electronic formats.
Learning Outcomes: With increasing proficiency, students will
- Develop search strategies and use library catalogs and databases to find relevant material; and
- Critically evaluate sources; and
- Integrate and cite evidence appropriately. In addition, students will
- Understand the concept of intellectual property and practice academic honesty.
III. Undergraduate Institutional Learning Outcomes (link coming soon!)
Scholarly Research and Information Literacy
-- understands when information or research is needed;
-- acquires and critically evaluates data, information, and research appropriate for the field;
-- makes appropriate and ethical use of data, information, and research in projects, papers or performances.