IU East Learning Objectives
The academic programs at Indiana University East are designed to help our graduates in their personal and professional lives now and in the future. The faculty have identified seven learning objectives for our students, and have developed ways of assessing our programs to ascertain that all students make progress in these areas. Assessment also assures that East academic programs are meeting the needs of our students, the workplace and the community. Incorporated into the campus Strategic Plan, we believe Educated people 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 a diversity of ideas and creative expression.
- ... have achieved depth in some field of knowledge. A sequential accumulation of knowledge and skills in an academic discipline is essential for a focused personal and professional development.
- ... be able to express themselves clearly, completely, and accurately. Effective communication entails the successful sharing through a wide variety of techniques, including reading writing, speaking and technology.
- ... 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.
- ... 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.
- ... 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.
- ... 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 to be able to make discriminating moral and ethical choices.