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Institutional learning goals and outcomes

Institutional learning goals:

Students who graduate from Columbia College will:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of human cultures and the physical and natural world through study in the art, history, humanities, language, mathematics, sciences and social sciences. 
  2. Exhibit intellectual and practical skills including inquiry, analysis, critical thinking, creative thinking, written communication, oral communication, quantitative literacy, information literacy, teamwork and problem solving. 
  3. Demonstrate comprehension of social responsibility including local and global civic duties, cultural diversity, ethical reasoning and lifelong learning.
  4. Integrate, synthesize and apply their understanding across general and specialized studies.

Adapted from The Essential Learning Outcomes by Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU).

Institutional learning outcomes:


  1. Describe and evaluate models of the natural and physical world through collection and scientific analysis of data, and through the use of mathematical or computational methods.
  2. Use knowledge, theories, methods, and historical perspectives appropriate to the social sciences to explain and evaluate human behavior and social institutions.
  3. Use knowledge, historical perspectives, analysis, interpretation, critical evaluation and the standards of evidence appropriate to the humanities to address problems and explore questions.
  4. Use knowledge, historical perspectives, theories, or methods appropriate to the arts to describe their context, function and impact.


  1. Write, read, speak, and listen effectively in various contexts using a variety of means including appropriate information sources and technologies.
  2. Use mathematical, computational, statistical, or formal reasoning to solve problems, draw inferences and determine the validity of stated claims.
  3. Create original work, perform original work or interpret the work of others.


  1. Use critical and analytical skills to evaluate assumptions and challenge existing structures in ways that respect diversity and foster equity and inclusivity.
  2. Evaluate the impact of systems, institutions and issues in local and global contexts and across cultures.
  3. Use critical and creative thinking to address civic, social and environmental challenges.

Integrate learning:

  1. Apply knowledge, skills or responsibilities gained in one academic or experiential context to other contexts.

Adapted from University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire • Eau Claire WI 54702-4004 with written permission.


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