The Mission Statement, Guiding Principles, and our Franciscan Values express the University’s purpose and identity. To ensure the realization of this vision, the University has articulated observable and measurable learning outcomes. To be understood correctly and appreciated fully, the learning goals and outcomes must be interpreted in light of the complete texts of the Mission, Guiding Principles and Franciscan Values.
Lourdes University believes that a college education includes sufficient breadth in the liberal arts and sufficient depth in an area of specialization to prepare graduates who will be recognized as educated persons and prepared for meaningful work and/ or graduate study. The learning outcomes describe the knowledge, skills, and attitudes students develop in increasingly more complex ways as they progress through their curriculum to graduation and lifelong learning.
I. Knowledge of Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World
Students will engage the big questions, both contemporary and enduring, and gain an understanding of the diversity of human experience and the physical and natural world in order to become well-educated citizens in a global society.
- Use knowledge and methods of history, literature, philosophy, and theology to address enduring questions of meaning and develop a worthy vision of the human person.
- Use knowledge, theories, or methods appropriate to the arts to understand their context and significance.
- Use knowledge and the methods of inquiry and analysis appropriate to the physical or natural sciences, the social sciences, and mathematics to develop well reasoned solutions to local and global issues.
II. Critical Thinking Ability
Students will frame meaningful questions and to answer them will gather pertinent information using appropriate technological tools. They will analyze, synthesize and reflect on that information and effectively apply and communicate the results.
- Systematically explore issues and ideas by finding, retrieving, evaluating, and using information responsibly.
- Comprehensively and objectively analyze and evaluate appropriate data (e.g., issues, texts, artifacts, and events) in order to develop an informed conclusion.
- Review existing knowledge and synthesize it in original ways to clarify meaning, develop a broader perspective, or present a new point of view.
- Use mathematical or formal reasoning to answer questions or to achieve desired goals.
- Collaborate in a search for well-reasoned solutions.
- Express ideas effectively in speech and in writing to inform, engage, and persuade their audiences.
III. Catholic and Franciscan Religious and Intellectual Traditions
Students will gain an awareness of the Catholic and Franciscan religious and intellectual traditions.
- Engage topics involving the Catholic and Franciscan traditions across the curriculum and in co-curricular activities.
- Experience and grow to embrace the welcoming Franciscan values of community, reverence, learning, and service.
- Be aware of how the Catholic and Franciscan traditions and values have shaped their Lourdes University experience.
IV. Personal and Social Responsibility
Students will make use of ethical principles, reasoning, and civic knowledge, to exercise social and individual responsibility in the interaction with diverse cultures and engagement with global issues.
- Demonstrate knowledge of personal and interpersonal responsibilities, ethical principles consonant with Christian tradition, and moral reasoning.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the richness of human diversity.
- Demonstrate a commitment to service as well as civic and social action in diverse communities.
- Demonstrate a commitment to addressing local and global ethical issues.
V. Integrative Learning
Students will integrate learning across general and specialized areas of study in order to respond effectively to issues or situations and to address contemporary problems.
- Connect skills and knowledge from multiple sources and experiences in responding to issues or situations and addressing contemporary problems.
- Apply theory to practice in responding to issues or situations and addressing contemporary problems in academic and/or other real-world settings.
- Incorporate diverse and even contradictory points of view in responding to issues or situations and addressing contemporary problems.
- Recognize contextual factors, such as cultural, historical, professional, and ethical frameworks, in responding to issues or situations and addressing contemporary problems.
Student Life Outcomes
According to the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education, the formal education of students consists of the curriculum and the co-curriculum and must promote student learning and development that is purposeful and holistic. Each program in Student Life must provide evidence of its impact on the achievement of student learning and development outcomes. Relevant and desirable outcomes include: intellectual growth, effective communication, realistic self-appraisal, enhanced self-esteem, clarified values, career choices, leadership development, healthy behaviors, meaningful interpersonal relationships, independence, collaboration, social responsibility, satisfying and productive lifestyles, appreciation of diversity, spiritual awareness and achievement of personal and educational goals.