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Core Competencies Implementation

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Communication Competence

Examples from across the Curriculum

  • General education writing and oral communication courses
  • Courses that include “writing across the curriculum”
  • Information literacy courses that focus on digital communication

Suggestions for Assessment

  • Rubrics that measure communication competence, such as AACU’s VALUE rubrics, “Written Communication,” “Oral
  • Digital portfolios of student work
  • Research assignments that include a presentation component

Critical and Creative Problem Solving

Examples from across the Curriculum

  • General education courses in logic or critical thinking
  • Courses in the humanities, arts, or social sciences that promote the analysis of differing points of view or perspectives, that explore
    causality and consequence
  • Major courses that require solutions to problems (problem-based learning) or action research

Suggestions for Assessment

  • Grading of case studies in which solutions to a problem are examined
  • Using the AACU VALUE rubrics, “Problem Solving,” “Critical Thinking,” or “Creative Thinking” to assess an activity
  • Papers or assignments that require synthesis and analysis


Adaptable Resilience

Examples from across the Curriculum

  • Courses that include sustained, long-term assignments, requiring students to plan and carry through
  • Courses or experiential learning activities that require students to put in the necessary time, to “show up”
  • Assignments that include unexpected challenges, changing parameters
  • Graduating from a UL System university

Suggestions for Assessment

  • Direct assessment or data on course completion, graduation rates, persistence, and retention
  • Reflection papers or journals showing process and strategies for success
  • Evaluations from internship supervisors or others who work with students in experiential learning, using VALUE rubric,
    “Foundations and Skills for Lifelong Learning”


Cultural Competence

The ability to work respectfully and productively with people from diverse social, racial, cultural, economic, ideological, and educational backgrounds.

Examples from across the Curriculum

  • Courses examining features of various cultures or beliefs, including ethical, racial, political, religious, or social
  • General education courses on culture (humanities and social sciences, the arts)
  • Assignments that purposefully provide opportunities for students to work in diverse teams; to work with interdisciplinary content;
    to discuss concepts, issues, events, and themes from diverse ethnic, racial, cultural groups
  • First-year experience courses, interdisciplinary courses

Suggestions for Assessment

  • Peer assessments of group interactions
  • Self-reflection papers or journals
  • Experiential learning projects where working with diverse groups is a component
  • VALUE rubric, “Intercultural Knowledge and Competence”


Self-Reflective Awareness

The ability to learn, to actively pursue knowledge, and to continuously self-evaluate in current circumstances.

Examples from across the Curriculum

  • General education courses or first-year experience courses that invite students to reflect on their baseline knowledge or abilities
  • Majors’ courses that include reflective assignments, the opportunity to revise and re-submit
  • Experiential learning activities that require reflection and growth

Suggestions for Assessment

  • Reflection papers or journals, showing growth
  • Use of VALUE rubrics, “Integrative Learning” “Foundations and Skills,” for assignments or activities
  • NSSP or other standardized tests that measure attitudes, promote reflection



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