Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
1. Effective Communication
Operational Definition: Effective communication comprises an ability to speak and write to increase knowledge and understanding or to promote change in a listener or reader, respectively.
Outcome: Students will effectively communicate in oral and written form.
2. Computer and Digital Literacy
Operational Definition: The ability to appropriately use technology and know how to identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively and responsibility use and share that information.
Outcome: Students will use technology to identify, locate and effectively use information from various print and digital sources.
3. Diversity Awareness
Operational Definition: Diversity Competence represents a set of cognitive, affective, and behavioral skills and characteristics that support effective and appropriate interaction in a variety of diverse contexts.
Outcome: Students will understand the differences and commonalities among people.
4. Social Responsibility and Civic Engagement
Operational Definition: Knowledge, skills, and values that promote making a difference in the civic life of a community. It encompasses actions wherein individuals participate in activities of personal and public concern that are both individually life enriching and socially beneficial to the community.
Outcome: Students will understand and utilize skills responsible for living as accountable, ethical and contributing world citizens
5. Critical Thinking
Operational Definition: Critical thinking is a comprehensive and systematic exploration of issues, ideas, artifacts, and events before accepting or formulating an opinion or conclusion. Integrative learning is an understanding and a disposition that a student builds across the curriculum and co-curriculum, from making simple connections among ideas and experiences to synthesizing and transferring learning to new, complex situations within and beyond the campus.
Outcome: Students will reason abstractly and think critically to make connections between ideas and experiences and to solve novel problems.
6. Institutional Fidelity
Operational Definition: Institutional fidelity represents a characteristic attitude and set of behaviors that sustains the legacy of an institution.
Outcome: Students will engage in philanthropic endeavors on behalf of the institution.
7. Financial and Quantitative Literacy
Operational Definition: Financial literacy represents ideas, concepts, knowledge and skills that enable students to become wise and knowledgeable consumers, savers, investors, users of credit, money managers, and citizens of a global workforce and society. Quantitative Literacy (QL) represents the ability to reason and solve quantitative problems from a wide array of authentic contexts and everyday life situations.
Outcome: Students will implement and apply financial decision-making skills to become knowledgeable consumers, savers, investors, users of credit, money managers, and citizens. Student will be able to create sophisticated arguments supported by quantitative evidence and can clearly communicate those arguments in a variety of formats (using words, tables, graphs, mathematical equations, etc., as appropriate).
8. Integrative & Life-Long Learning
Operational Definition: Lifelong learning is an all-purposeful learning activity, undertaken on an ongoing basis with the aim of improving knowledge, skills, and competence. Lincoln University prepares students to be this type of learner by developing specific dispositions and skills while in school.
Outcome: Students will use skills that support life-long learning.