Assessment of Student Learning
Life Skills: Iowa Wesleyan University’s Institutional Learning Outcomes
Iowa Wesleyan University’s Institutional Learning Outcomes – the Life Skills – of Communication, Critical Reasoning, and Civic Engagement help foster coherence across the curriculum and in all elements of co-curricular life. They embrace the meaning of community to include learning from each other and from the whole of the larger community to which Iowa Wesleyan University belongs. As student’s progress through curricular and co-curricular experiences, students develop communication, critical thinking, and civic engagement skills, and by the end of students’ time at IW, students are proficient in the Life Skills.
Communication: Students will show proficiency in acquiring, processing, and transferring information in a variety of ways, including written communication, oral communication, and information literacy.
Written Communication: Students will develop and express ideas in writing, including working with various genres, styles, texts, technologies, data, and/or images.
Oral Communication: Students will deliver a prepared, purposeful presentation designed to increase knowledge, to foster understanding, or to promote change in the listeners’ attitudes, values, beliefs, or behaviors.
Information Literacy: Students will show the ability to know when there is a need for information, to be able to identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively and responsibly use and share that information for the problem at hand.
Critical Reasoning: Students will strategically apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
Problem Solving: Students will design, evaluate and implement a strategy to answer open-ended questions or achieve desired goals.
Critical Thinking: Students will comprehensively explore issues, ideas, artifacts, and events before accepting or formulating an opinion or conclusion.
Civic Engagement: Students will develop the knowledge, skills, values, and motivation to actively engage in communities to promote social justice and human welfare.
Civic Engagement: Students will demonstrate their ability to make a difference in the civic life of communities and develop the combination of knowledge, skills, values, and motivation to make a difference in the quality of life of those communities.
Global Learning: Students will critically analyze complex, interdependent global systems and legacies (such as natural, physical, and social, cultural, economic, and political) and their implications for people’s lives and the earth’s sustainability.
Iowa Wesleyan University provides a transformational learning experience where students develop into citizens who excel in the Life Skills – Communication, Critical Reasoning, and Civic Engagement. Over their time at Iowa Wesleyan, students learn these skills through educational and co-curricular opportunities that expand student knowledge while engaging students in active learning. It is through this learning that students are empowered and inspired to lead meaningful lives and careers. Education at Iowa Wesleyan transforms students, allowing students to realize their potential.