Learning Outcomes for Basic Research

Students will:

  • Locate information from a variety of sources.
  • Evaluate information from a variety of sources.
  • Synthesize information from a variety of sources.
  • Support a well-organized argument with this information.

I. Label 

Information Literacy 

II. Student Learning Outcomes 

Students will 

• locate information effectively using tools appropriate to their need and discipline; 

• evaluate information with an awareness of authority, validity, and bias; and 

• demonstrate an understanding of the ethical dimensions of information use, creation, and dissemination. 

I. Label 

Critical Thinking and Reasoning (Required)

II. Student Learning Outcomes 

Students will 

• clearly articulate an issue or problem; 

• identify, analyze, and evaluate ideas, data, and arguments as they occur in their own or others’ work; 

• acknowledge limitations such as perspective and bias; and 

• develop well‐reasoned (logical) arguments to form judgments and/or draw conclusions. 

Method of Assessment

In the assessment year for Basic Research, each major department will collect data from the course or course(s) in which majors must demonstrate proficiency in basic research.

Data may be collected in either the fall or the spring semester, or both. Student work must be evaluated using the Basic Research rubric. Department Assessment Coordinators are responsible for reporting the number of students who exceed, meet, are approaching, or do not meet each of the outcomes.

Assessment Results for Basic Research

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