Learning Outcomes Assessment is a process designed to measure a student’s social, academic and cultural development. The Gwynedd Mercy University Learning Outcomes were created as an extension of our college mission. It is our hope that, while you are a student at Gwynedd Mercy University, you will develop and integrate these skills:
Communication skills include listening, speaking, reading, writing and observation.
- a facility in their use of language in spoken and written forms that is precise, clear and effective
- the ability to listen actively and to participate effectively in the communication process with a variety of persons (e.g., colleagues, students, parents, clients)
- a knowledge and understanding of non-verbal communication
- a command of the terminology of their chosen profession
- the ability to use and practice forms of scholarly communication (footnotes, citations, bibliography, etc.)
Professional competency includes the skills and knowledge necessary for students to be satisfactory entry-level professionals in their chosen fields.
- mastery of the technical skills essential in one’s chosen profession
- acquisition of social and scientific literacy
- responsibility and accountability
- awareness of interpretive frameworks appropriate to particular discipline
- knowledge of content
Moral and ethical judgment includes awareness of the historical, philosophical and religious foundations of ethical decision making.
Students demonstrate through personal and professional actions:
- awareness of current ethical dilemmas in their chosen fields of practice
- respect and care for the dignity and worth of individuals with whom they interact as well as the global community
- regard for the environment
- sense of values reflecting the Mercy tradition
Problem solving involves the ability to identify and address problems and to apply systematic and creative methods or processes.
- the ability to initiate, adapt and/or create steps in working toward solutions in groups or alone
- the ability to evaluate the effectiveness of solutions
- the ability to assess personal learning
- the ability to plan for future problem-solving activities
Critical thinking is the ability to consider and evaluate effectively. It is a process that includes inquiry and logical deduction. Students understand different situations and make thoughtful and accurate assessments.
- a process of inquiry and logical deduction
- the ability to recognize gaps in their knowledge
- the ability to identify and evaluate sources of information
- the ability to evaluate information for accuracy, relevancy and credibility
- synthesize the new information from collected information or apply knowledge or information to a new situation
- transfer knowledge
Leadership involves service to society and the awareness of the individual’s role in society and the Impact of one’s actions.
- sensitivity to individuals with diverse beliefs and ethnic backgrounds
- the ability to organize and manage group projects
- the ability to identify and evaluate various leadership styles in Western and non-Western cultures and how these leaders function in time and place
- the ability to effect change in the profession and in society
Critical and competent use of technology involves the individual’s ability to locate, select, create, process, evaluate and distribute information.
- the effective application of computers and other technologies appropriate to the discipline
- the evaluation of various technologies appropriate to the discipline
- awareness of the impact of all technologies on society
- ethical use of intellectual property