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Boise State University Learning Outcomes

Student learning is at the heart of the Boise State experience. The Foundational Studies Program is organized around the University Learning Outcomes, which are as follows:

1.        Write effectively in multiple contexts, for a variety of audiences.
2.        Communicate effectively in speech, both as speaker and listener.
3.      Engage in effective critical inquiry by defining problems, gathering and evaluating evidence, and determining the adequacy of argumentative discourse.
4.      Think creatively about complex problems in order to produce, evaluate, and implement innovative possible solutions, often as one member of a team.
5.      Analyze ethical issues in personal, professional, and civic life and produce reasoned evaluations of competing value systems and ethical claims.
6.      Apply knowledge of cultural differences to matters of local, regional, national, and international importance, including political, economic, and environmental issues.
7.      Disciplinary Lens: Mathematics.  Apply knowledge and the methods of reasoning characteristic of mathematics, statistics, and other formal systems to solve complex problems.
8.      Disciplinary Lens: Natural, Physical, and Applied Sciences. Apply knowledge and the methods characteristic of scientific inquiry to think critically about and solve theoretical and practical problems about physical structures and processes.
9.      Disciplinary Lens: Visual and Performing Arts.Apply knowledge and methods characteristic of the visual and performing arts to explain and appreciate the significance of aesthetic products and creative activities.
10.    Disciplinary Lens: Literature and Humanities. Apply knowledge and the methods of inquiry characteristic of literature and other humanities disciplines to interpret and produce texts expressive of the human condition.
11.    Disciplinary Lens: Social Sciences.Apply knowledge and the methods of inquiry characteristic of the social sciences to explain and evaluate human behavior and institutions.


In addition, each degree program at Boise State University has an assessment plan that describes expected student learning outcomes for the degree program and the methods used to evaluate student achievement of those outcomes.