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Core Curriculum Assessment

The University Core Curriculum is built on the two premises that 1) no discipline by itself is sufficient to discover the truth, and that 2) learning originates in seeking answers to important life questions. Since each discipline supplies a particular lens for engaging important life questions, and one needs to look through multiple lenses to begin to approach the truth, the Core Curriculum is spread across the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Portland and is required of all undergraduate students. The Core Curriculum features four goals and fourteen learning outcomes that are assessed on a two-year cycle. These assessment efforts are guided by a Standing Assessment Committee that features representatives from each of the colleges as well as the Associate Provost and the Coordinator of Assessment and Accreditation.

Core Curriculum Goals and Learning Outcomes:


Learning Outcomes

I) Develop the foundational knowledge and skills necessary for informed inquiry, decision-making, and communication.

1) Express the product of critical, analytical, and imaginative thought in writing;

2) Find and use information to support the process of critical and analytical pursuits;

3) Use quantitative methods and perspectives to understand and solve real-world problems.

II) Develop the knowledge and skills for acting ethically in everyday life.

1) Recognize the limits of relativism and absolutism;

2) Recognize and frame the ethical dimensions of novel problems and situations;

3) Analyze a problem or situation using various ethical theories;

4) Come to a tentative judgment about an ethical problem he or she has framed and analyzed.

III) Examine faith, its place in one's life, and in the lives of others.

1) Explain how faith may provide meaning and purpose to one's life;

2) Explain faith as an experience, as a worldview, and as an activity;

3) Explain the importance assigned to faith as it shapes the expectations and aspirations of those other than oneself.

IV) Diversity and Difference: Learn to live and contribute in a diverse society and interdependent world.

1) Demonstrate an ability to critically examine the ideas and traditions of western civilization within a global context.

2) Recognize how social and political factors, psychological factors, religious factors, culture, national identity, race, gender, and/or communication shape the way we view the world and identify differences between and within societies and other diverse groups of people.

3) Recognize social, political, historical, economic, and/or religious factors contributing to cultural differences;

4) Demonstrate an understanding of religious, political, historical, and/or social concepts necessary to be informed and engaged citizens living in an increasingly interdependent world.