QEP Learning Outcomes & Metarubrics

Synthesis: A pathway to intentional learning at Western Carolina University

Learning Goals and Outcomes

The overarching goal is to empower students to integrate knowledge and skills from their academic and co-curricular experiences to become intentional participants in their own learning. To that end, WCU hopes to impact students' understanding of self, intellectual flexibility and versatility, and capacity for integrated learning. As a result, WCU expects students to:

  1. identify their aptitudes, abilities, and interests and articulate their future goals and aspirations;
  2. modify their behaviors and values in response to knowledge and skills gained from their academic and co-curricular experiences; and
  3. recognize the synthesis of their university experiences relative to their future education and career plans.

To achieve the expected learning goals, WCU has identified a set of core skills and behaviors (outcomes) that are central to a student's development as an integrated, intentional learner.  These core expectations include the ability to:

Integrate information from a variety of contexts – Students will make connections between personal interest and abilities, Liberal Studies, programs of study, general electives, and experiential learning opportunities, and other co-curricular activities; and relate the implications/value of these connections to 'real world' scenarios.

Solve complex problems – Students will identify the dimensions of complex issues or problems; analyze and evaluate multiple sources of information/data; apply knowledge and decision-making processes to new questions or issues; and reflect on the implications of their solution/decision.

Communicate effectively and responsibly – Students will convey complex information in a variety of formats and contexts; identify intended audience and communicate appropriately and respectfully.   

Practice civic engagement –Students will identify their roles and responsibilities as engaged citizens by considering the public policies that affect their choices and actions; by recognizing commonalities and interdependence of diverse views/values; and by acting responsibly to positively affect public policy.

Clarify and act on purpose and values – Students will examine the values that influence their own decision making processes; take responsibility for their own learning and development in a manner consistent with academic integrity and their own goals and aspirations; intentionally use knowledge gained from learning experiences to make informed judgments about their future plans; and bring those plans into action.   


Solve Complex Problems- Students will identify the dimensions of complex issues or problems; analyze and evaluate multiple sources of information/data;apply knowledge and decision-making processes to new questions or issues; and reflect on the implications of their solution/decision.

 

Emerging Developing Achieving Exemplary
Define Problem Identifies problem Identifies aspects of problem  Considers problem from multiple perspectives Articulates problem complexity
Identify Strategies Gathers info relevant to problem Identifies a strategy/approach Identifies a viable strategy Identifies multiple viable solutions
Application Applies available or prescribed solution  Formulates and applies solution without consideration of strategy  Formulates and applies solution with consideration of strategy  Formulates multiple solutions applicable to each strategy 
Reflection/Evaluation Recognizes some effect of attempted solution Evaluates the intended effect of solution Evaluates intended and unintended effects of solution  Evaluates applicability of solutions to new problem 



Communicate effectively and responsibly – Students will convey complex information in a variety of formats and contexts; identify intended audience and communicate appropriately and respectfully.

 

  Emerging Developing Achieving Exemplary

 

 

 

Exchange of ideas
Information in Recognizes that information is available in a variety of forms  Gathers information from a broad assortment of resources  Sorts and integrates information from a variety of sources  Evaluates the quality and credibility of information and selects appropriate information 
Information out Recognizes that different types of information  and ideas can be expressed differently Conveys basic information in a variety of contexts Conveys information and ideas in a tactful and considerate manner  Chooses communication techniques appropriate to the context and the audience  

 

Self-Assessment Understands that self-assessment is important for the formulation of ideas  Demonstrates critical thinking in self- assessment  Uses self-assessment as a means to control expression and revision  Applies knowledge gained from utilizing diverse communication techniques in order to achieve life goals


 
Practice civic engagement –
Students will identify their roles and responsibilities as engaged citizens by considering the public policies that affect their choices and actions; by recognizing commonalities and interdependence of diverse views/values; and by acting responsibly to positively affect public policy. 

 

Emerging Developing Achieving Exemplary
Awareness and Participation Recognizes that there are differences between civic engagement, community service, and service learning Identifies how civic engagement intersects with interests  Selects and participates in civic engagement activities consistent with interests Demonstrates leadership in chosen civic engagement activities
Value andReflection Recognizes the value of civic engagement for the community Recognizes the value of civic engagement for personal enrichment  Considers how civic engagement activities affect the University, community, and student's educational experience Considers how a change in behavior could affect the future of the University, community, and student's educational experience



Clarify and act on purpose and values - Students will examine the values that influence their own decision-making processes; take responsibility for their own learning and development in a manner consistent with academic integrity and their own goals and aspirations; intentionally use knowledge gained from learning experiences to make informed judgments about their future plans; and bring those plans into action.

 

Emerging Developing Achieving Exemplary
Identification and Development Identifies values that influence decision making Recognizes how values are shaped  Prioritizes values Connects values with career and life plans 
Self Awareness Recognizes that behaviors have consequences  Acknowledges responsibility for behavior Weighs the potential consequences of behavior(s)  Makes choices to achieve goals 
Application of Knowledge Chooses learning experiences consistent with values and goals Develops future plans Prioritizes necessary steps for progressing toward goals   Demonstrates how learning experiences affect goals 
Knowledge in Action Identifies necessary components of a curricular and co-curricular plan   Creates initial curricular and co-curricular plan consistent with goals  Makes necessary modifications to plan as goals are refined   Plans post-graduation actions to move forward with plan and goals



Integrate information from a variety of contexts- Students will make connections between personal interest and abilities, general education, programs of study, general electives, experiential learning opportunities, and other co-curricular activities; and relate the implications/value of these connections to "real world" scenarios.

 

 

Emerging
When prompted …
Developing
When prompted …
Achieving
Independently …
Exemplary
Independently …
Making Connections
Between personal experiences and  academic knowlege
identifies connections between personal experiences and closely related academic  knowledge (i.e., facts, ideas, concepts, experiences) infers differences and similarities between personal experiences and academic knowledge selects relevant personal experiences from a variety of contexts (family, individual, social, etc.) to illustrate academic knowledge synthesizes connections between personal experiences and academic knowledge to expand own abilities and perspectives
Between/across  academic disciplines refers to academic knowledge from more than one discipline or field of study connects academic knowledge from more than one discipline or field of study connects academic knowledge from more than one discipline or field of study synthesizes academic knowledge from more than one discipline or field of study to draw a conclusion or resolve a problem
  Application/Transfer applies basic academic knowledge and/or personal experiences gained in one context to a new situation uses academic knowledge and/or personal experiences gained in one context to deepen understanding of a problem or issue in a new situation uses academic knowledge and/or personal experiences gained in one context to solve a problem or clarify an issue in a new situation  and creatively applies academic knowledge and/or personal experiences gained in one context to solve difficult problems or clarify complex issues in a new situation
  Self-Awareness/Reflection describes own performance as a learner articulates own strengths and challenges as a learner in dealing with a specific task, performance, event, etc. evaluates how own performance as a learner has changed over time and in different contexts sets goals based on past personal and academic experiences in diverse contexts

Adapted from AAC&U Integrated Learning Rubric
 

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