The faculty of IU East have identified a set of seven learning objectives that describe the expectations for skills, knowledge and attitudes that they hold for all students at IU East. The curriculum of each academic program is designed to assist students in meeting these expectations.
In some way, every course you take at IU East is intended to help you in achieving one or more of these learning objectives. Each faculty member should tell you, through the course syllabus, the relationship between that particular course and the campus learning objectives.
A variety of methods are used to assess achievement of these learning objectives throughout a student’s tenure at IU East. Information obtained through this process is then used by the faculty to change the curriculum of particular academic programs in order to better support students’ achievement of the seven learning objectives.
The seven learning objectives for all students at IU East are:
- Educated persons should be exposed to a broad variety of academic fields traditionally known as the liberal arts (humanities, fine arts, social sciences, natural sciences) in order to develop a critical appreciation of diversity of ideas and creative expression.
- Educated persons should have achieved depth in some field of knowledge. A sequential accumulation of knowledge and skills in an academic discipline is essential for focused personal and professional development.
- Educated persons should be able to express themselves clearly, completely and accurately. Effective communication entails sharing ideas through a variety of techniques, including reading, writing, speaking and technology.
- Educated persons should be able to relate computational skills to all fields so that they are able to think with numbers. At a minimum, students should be able to carry out basic arithmetical and algebraic functions; they should have a working concept of simple statistics; and they should be able to interpret and use data in various forms.
- Educated persons should have the ability to develop informed opinions; to comprehend, formulate, and critically evaluate ideas; and to identify problems and find solutions to those problems. Effective problem solving involves a variety of skills including research, analysis, interpretation and creativity.
- Educated persons should develop the skills to understand, accept, and relate to people of different backgrounds and beliefs. In a pluralistic world one should not be provincial or ignorant of other cultures; one’s life is experienced within the context of other races, religions, languages, nationalities and value systems.
- Educated persons should be expected to have some understanding of and experience in thinking about moral and ethical problems. A significant quality in educated persons is the ability to question and clarify personal and cultural values, and thus be able to make discriminating moral and ethical choices.