Student Learning Outcomes: “NAU Graduates Can…”

The “NAU Graduates Can…” statements identify what students should acquire through the combined learning experiences in the major, liberal studies and diversity requirements, and framed by the global learning initiative.  

Northern Arizona University graduates can analyze, integrate, and synthesize concepts and theories, along with experiential knowledge, to identify and creatively solve both theoretical and practical problems, promote lifelong learning, and act as a catalyst for positive change in local and global societies.

"NAU Graduates Can…”

 

Demonstrate the depth and breadth of knowledge required to meaningfully participate in local and global societies through their ability to
  • analyze and articulate disciplinary and interdisciplinary theories, concepts, principles, skills, and practices
  • synthesize and apply knowledge from discipline-based courses and other experiences in a range of contexts to identify and creatively solve problems that inform decision making
  • integrate knowledge from liberal studies  courses, discipline-based courses, and experiential learning experiences in a range of contexts to identify and solve problems that inform decision making

Articulate the shared and unique contributions that result from diversity in global, social, cultural, and environmental systems through their ability to

  • articulate the importance of equity, while recognizing the diversity of ethnic, cultural, and ethical perspectives
  • articulate the importance of and options for environmental sustainability, both locally and globally
  • analyze important local, national, and global issues from multiple viewpoints, with an understanding of the interdependence of political, economic, environmental, and social systems
  • appreciate the importance of artistic expression

Apply critical thinking, information literacy, quantitative reasoning, and scientific reasoning through their ability to

  • developing well-reasoned positions that include ethical reflection
  • use appropriate strategies, tools, and technologies to identify, evaluate, analyze, integrate, and represent information from a variety of resources
  • analyze and interpret quantitative information to solve problems
  • translate the use of formal reasoning in logic and math to strengthen skills in informal reasoning in the arts, letters, and sciences
  • apply the scientific methods of inquiry as a problem-solving approach

Communicate effectively, in written, oral, and non-verbal forms of expression through their ability to

  • effectively communicate original and creative ideas
  • create essays, reports, proposals, and other written documents that demonstrate competence in any given subject matter and mastery of the grammar, mechanics, and format that are effective for a range of purposes and audiences
  • create and deliver effective oral presentations that demonstrate competence in any given subject matter and mastery of presentational techniques and styles that are effective for a range of purposes and audiences
  • use non-verbal communication effectively
  • listen actively, thoughtfully, and critically