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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

Professional Competency

Moral and Ethical Judgment

Problem Solving

Critical Thinking

Leadership in Society

Critical and Competent Use of Technology

 

Communication Skills

Communication skills include listening, speaking, reading, writing and observation.

Students demonstrate:

  • 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

Professional competency includes the skills and knowledge necessary for students to be satisfactory entry-level professionals in their chosen fields.

Students demonstrate:

  • 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

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

Problem solving involves the ability to identify and address problems and to apply systematic and creative methods or processes.

Students demonstrate:

  • 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

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.

Students demonstrate:

  • 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 in Society

Leadership involves service to society and the awareness of the individual’s role in society and the Impact of one’s actions.

Students demonstrate:

  • 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

Critical and competent use of technology involves the individual’s ability to locate, select, create, process, evaluate and distribute information.

Students demonstrate:

  • 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