UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

General Education Goals, Criteria, and Outcomes

GOAL ONE

Communicate effectively.

Students will demonstrate the ability to read, write, speak, and listen effectively.

Students will be able to:

  1. express ideas and facts in a variety of formats
  2. comprehend, interpret, and analyze oral, written, and visual communication
  3. effectively communicate ideas related to a broad range of subjects and to a specific area of study
  4. select, evaluate, and organize visual and print material and information in a logical and clear manner.

To fulfill this goal, students are required to earn 9 credits, with one 3 credit course in each of the CW (Communication – Reading and Writing), CS (Communication – Speaking and Listening), and CA (Advanced Communication) designations.

Communication (C)

Criteria:
  • Courses designated C enable students to express ideas in a variety of formats.
  • Courses designated C enable students to comprehend, interpret, and analyze oral, written, and visual communication.
  • Courses designated C enable students to effectively communicate ideas related to a broad range of subjects and to a specific area of study.
  • Courses designated as CA must be at the 200 level or higher.
Outcomes:

Communication-Reading and Writing (CW)

Students will be able to:

  1. read print and visual material analytically and critically.
  2. conceive ideas about a topic, synthesize and arrange them logically, and express them clearly and proficiently in standard English.

Communication-Speaking and Listening (CS)

Students will be able to:

  1. deliver oral presentations clearly and effectively.
  2. effectively construct and incorporate visual aids (e.g., handouts, charts, technologies, etc.) to support ideas in presentations.
  3. listen critically to communications of others, and summarize and evaluate their ideas.

Advanced Communication (CA)

Students will be able to:

  1. read and interpret print, electronic, and visual text at an advanced level.
  2. perform critical and analytical research through scholarly methods.
  3. use written communication advanced in form and style, idea development, and analysis to formulate complex responses that explore and defend their own ideas.

Approved March 2, 2004
Revised April 28, 2005
Revised March 21, 2007


GOAL TWO

Demonstrate knowledge of past and present human endeavor. Describe the diverse ways of thinking that underlie the search for knowledge in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.

Students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of human behavior in context
  2. develop generalizations about societal changes over time and explain theoretical structures to account for those changes
  3. describe the nature and development of ideas, beliefs, literature, language and the arts in historical and contemporary culture.

To fulfill this goal, students are required to earn 6 credits under each designation for a total of 12 credits. All courses must be taken from different disciplinary prefixes (e.g. ART, MUS, COMS).

Social and Behavioral Sciences (SB)

Criteria:
Courses designated SB:
  • are based on empirical research and human experience.
  • explore behavioral, civic, economic, or social relationships.
  • examine factors that explain human/social behavior.
Outcomes:

Students will be able to:

  1. identify basic methods of the social and behavioral sciences.
  2. recognize and explain theoretical perspectives in the social and behavioral sciences.
  3. identify and correctly use terms and concepts that explain human/social behavior.

Humanities and Fine Arts (HF)

Criteria:
  1. Courses designated HF emphasize philosophical, moral, and aesthetic principles that are part of the human experience.
  2. Courses designated HF concentrate on the relationships between a culture and its creative expression.
Outcomes:
  1. Students will recognize, analyze, and interpret human experience in terms of personal, intellectual, and social contexts.
  2. Students will recognize, analyze, and interpret human expression in terms of personal, intellectual, and social contexts.

Approved March 2, 2004
Revised April 28, 2005
Revised May 2, 2007


GOAL THREE

Apply scientific principles to the natural world. Students will demonstrate knowledge of the principles and methods of quantitative and qualitative scientific reasoning.  

Students will be able to:

  1. apply mathematical skills in quantitative, qualitative, and analytical problem solving
  2. demonstrate a knowledge of natural science,
  3. observe, collect, analyze, and interpret data to solve problems using the scientific method.

To fulfill this goal, students are required to earn 9 credits, with 3 credits under the M designation, 3 credits under the SL designation, and 3 credits under either the S or SL designation.  The courses taken under the S or SL designations must be from different disciplinary prefixes (e.g. BIOL, CHEM, GEOL).

Mathematics (M)

Criterion:

Courses designated M:

  • emphasize mathematical skills in quantitative, qualitative, and analytical problem solving.
Outcome:

Students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate and apply mathematical skills to quantitative, qualitative, and analytical problem solving.

Sciences (S)

Criterion:

Courses designated S:

  • emphasize a knowledge of the natural sciences.
Outcome:

Students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate a knowledge of theoretical principles and scientific methodology for explaining and predicting phenomena in the natural world.

Scientific Investigation (SL)

Criteria:

Courses designated SL:

  • emphasize a knowledge of the natural sciences.
  • must include the equivalent of at least one semester credit hour of laboratory experience aimed at interpreting scientific hypotheses.
  • will evaluate the reliability and meaning of data and information.
Outcomes:

Students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate knowledge of theoretical principles and scientific methodology for explaining and predicting phenomena in the natural world.
  2. test hypotheses about the natural world.

Approved March 2, 2004
Revised April 18, 2007


GOAL FOUR

Engage in multidisciplinary inquiry.  Students will analyze questions and issues from a multidisciplinary perspective. 

Students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate analytical thinking by drawing inferences from multidisciplinary observations and identifying the internal coherence of theories
  2. demonstrate creative thinking by recognizing multidisciplinary relationships in the development of original ideas or artistic work
  3. demonstrate evaluative thinking by identifying problems and the strengths and weaknesses of different analytical approaches.

To fulfill this goal, students must earn 3 credits with an MD designation at the 300 level or above; courses in the MD designator may have one or more General Education designators as prerequisites.

Multidisciplinary Inquiry (MD)

Criteria:

Courses designated MD will:

  • enable students to synthesize information and analyze complex issues to make informed decisions.
  • enable students to generate, explore, and research new questions based on prior knowledge and experiences.
  • approach issues from a multidisciplinary perspective.
Outcomes:

Students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate analytical, creative, and evaluative thinking in the analysis of theoretical or practical issues from a multidisciplinary perspective.

Approved March 2, 2004
Revised April 28, 2005
Revised April 18, 2007


GOAL FIVE

Evaluate individual responsibility to self, society, and the world.  Students will make and defend judgments with respect to individual conduct and well being, citizenship, and stewardship of the environment. 

The student will be able to:

  1. analyze choices regarding conflicting situations in their personal and professional lives and consider the consequences of their decisions
  2. evaluate personal health status in order to modify/maintain healthy lifestyle patterns to enhance quality of life
  3. identify individual and collective responsibilities to the physical and social environment, community, nation, and world

To fulfill this goal, students are required to earn 5 credits under this General Education goal: 2 credits under the HW designation and 3 credits under the EC designation.

Personal Health and Wellness (HW)

Criteria:

Courses designated HW require students to:

  • analyze choices regarding conflicting situations in their personal lives and consider the consequences of these choices.
  • evaluate personal health status in order to modify/maintain healthy lifestyle patterns to enhance their quality of life.
Outcome:

Students will be able to:

  1. research, analyze, and justify choices that enhance (personal, physical, social, environmental, and economic) well being for themselves and others.

Ethical Citizenship (EC)

Criteria:

Courses designated EC:

  • will identify individual and collective responsibilities to the social and natural environment of one’s community, nation and the world.
  • focus on the process of decision-making regarding values and ethics in personal, professional, and civic life.
Outcomes:

Students will be able to:

  1. identify factors of the social and natural environment that  influence ethical decision-making.
  2. evaluate ethical conflict and ways to address it to serve the world.

Approved March 2, 2004
Revised April 28, 2005