Philosophy of General Education

Donnelly College has consistently maintained a strong commitment to the liberal arts and sciences as a foundation for a complete education.  The faculty strongly believes that the liberal arts and sciences provide the context through which students can engage with the larger questions about students’ place in the world and their pursuit of truth.  Therefore, the College’s general education requirements are designed to ensure that liberal arts and sciences graduates develop a breadth of content knowledge and the skills and abilities which will enable them to become educated participants in a diverse global community. 

Donnelly College Learning Outcomes

The Donnelly College faculty has articulated seven student learning outcomes that constitute the foundation of the College’s general education.

  1. Communication Skills: Students will communicate effectively in writing and speaking.
  2. Technology and Information Literacy Skills: Students will demonstrate proficiency in information literacy skills.
  3. Symbolic Problem Solving: Students will demonstrate competency in qualitative and quantitative problem solving.  
  4. Analytical Thinking: Students will employ reflective thinking to evaluate diverse ideas in the search for truth.
  5. Personal and Interpersonal Skills: Students will develop an understanding across cultural differences locally, nationally, and internationally.
  6. Academic Inquiry: Students will engage independently and effectively in lifelong learning.
  7. Values: Students will demonstrate moral and ethical behavior in keeping with our Catholic identity.

Program Learning Outcomes

Associate of Arts (AA), Liberal Arts 

In addition to the general education learning outcomes – communication skills, technology and information literacy skills, symbolic problem solving, analytical thinking, personal and interpersonal skills, academic inquiry, and values – upon successful completion of the Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts degree, students will demonstrate:

  1. Proficiency and creativity in written and verbal communication.
  2. Effective use of current technology in support of academic work.
  3. Proficient use of qualitative and quantitative methods in problem solving.
  4. Critical and Analytic thinking across a range of disciplines.
  5. A commitment to ethics and integrity in academic and professional relationships, within the community and the environment.
  6. The ability to conduct research using sources, strategies, and approaches across disciplines.

Associate of Applied Science (AAS), Concentration in Business

Associate of Applied Science (AAS), Concentration in Information Technology 

In addition to the general education learning outcomes – communication skills, technology and information literacy skills, symbolic problem solving, analytical thinking, personal and interpersonal skills, academic inquiry, and values – upon successful completion of the Associate of Applied Science degree with a concentration in Information Technology, the graduate should be able to demonstrate:

  1. Knowledge of computer hardware and operating systems.
  2. Knowledge of current computer programming tools, techniques, and languages.
  3. Knowledge of current tools and techniques of computer networking.
  4. An ability to function effectively in teams to accomplish a common goal.
  5. An ability to communicate effectively.

Associate of Applied Science (AAS), Concentration in Practical Nursing 

Associate of Science (AS), Liberal Arts 

In addition to the general education learning outcomes – communication skills, technology and information literacy skills, symbolic problem solving, analytical thinking, personal and interpersonal skills, academic inquiry, and values – upon successful completion of the Associate of Science in Liberal Arts degree, students will demonstrate:

  1. Proficiency and creativity in written and verbal communication.
  2. Effective use of current technology in support of academic work.
  3. Proficient use of qualitative and quantitative methods in problem solving.
  4. Critical and Analytic thinking across a range of disciplines.
  5. A commitment to ethics and integrity in academic and professional relationships, within the community and the environment.
  6. Use of the scientific method.

Bachelor of Arts (BA), Organizational Leadership

In addition to the general education learning outcomes – communication skills, technology and information literacy skills, symbolic problem solving, analytical thinking, personal and interpersonal skills, academic inquiry, and values – upon successful completion of the Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership degree, students will demonstrate:

  1. A scholarly approach to oral and written communication.

  2. The capacity to differentiate and critique leadership theory and behavior as it applies to groups and organizations.

  3. The aptitude to analyze qualitative and quantitative data to make informed decisions.
  4. The ability to engage in self-evaluation in order to create an effective personal leadership approach.
  5. The capability to evaluate and apply ethical considerations as they relate to leadership theories and social responsibilities.
  6. An understanding of their leadership style and application of that style to various situations.
  7. Service leadership to others by developing a service-leadership plan that integrates theory and practice.

Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS), Organizational Leadership

Bachelor of Science (BS), Elementary Education 

In addition to the general education learning outcomes – communication skills, technology and information literacy skills, symbolic problem solving, analytical thinking, personal and interpersonal skills, academic inquiry, and values – upon successful completion of the Teacher Education program, students will demonstrate:

  1. Integration of content knowledge, pedagogy and culturally relevant skills for all students in a safe learning environment.
  2. Ethical professionalism which is reflective, responsive, fair and collaborative.
  3. An understanding of intellectual, cognitive, social and emotional development theories and the characteristics of a diversity of learners.
  4. Effective use of technology to enrich learning and increase student learning.
  5. Positive relationships with the school community and its stakeholders to ensure effective teaching and learning.
  6. Effective and appropriate verbal, nonverbal, written and media communication techniques in their teaching, interactions with students, colleagues, parents and the community.
  7. Use and analyzation of multiple methods of assessment data independently and collaboratively to identify learners’ needs and to guide planning.

Bachelor of Science, Information Systems

In addition to the general education learning outcomes – communication skills, technology and information literacy skills, symbolic problem solving, analytical thinking, personal and interpersonal skills, academic inquiry, and values – upon successful completion of the Bachelor of Science in Information Systems degree, students will demonstrate:

  1. An ability to communicate effectively on multidisciplinary teams with a wide range of people.
  2. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern computing tools necessary for technological practice.
  3. The aptitude to analyze qualitative and quantitative data to make informed decisions.
  4. An ability to ethically design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints.
  5. The capacity to function effectively on teams that understand the impact technology has in a local, national, and global context.
  6. Recognition of the need for, and willingness to engage in life-long learning through a continuous investigation of contemporary issues.
  7. The capacity to make informed decisions in computing practice based on an understanding of professional, legal, and ethical responsibilities.

Certificate, Practical Nursing

In addition to the general education learning outcomes – communication skills, technology and information literacy skills, symbolic problem solving, analytical thinking, personal and interpersonal skills, academic inquiry, and values - upon successful completion of the Certificate in Practical Nursing, students should be able to demonstrate:

  1. Aspects of a safe, effective care environment, including coordination of care, safety and infection control.
  2. Health promotion and maintenance, including growth and development through the life span and prevention and early detection of disease.
  3. Psychological integrity, including coping, adaptation and psychosocial adaptation.
  4. Physiological integrity, including basic care and comfort, pharmacology, parenteral therapies, reduction of risk potential and physiological adaptation.

Student Success (co-curricular)

In addition to the general education learning outcomes – communication skills, technology and information literacy skills, symbolic problem solving, analytical thinking, personal and interpersonal skills, academic inquiry, and values – students will demonstrate:

  1. Active participation in academic and career selection.
  2. Enhanced knowledge of resources to help them succeed in college.
  3. Active academic and social engagement, growth, and development.
  4. The skills to work cooperatively in diverse communities and build a strong support network of faculty, staff, and peers.

Success First, Emphasis in Reading and Writing

In addition to the general education learning outcomes-communication skills, technology and information literacy skills, symbolic problem solving, analytical thinking, personal and interpersonal skills, academic inquiry, and values-upon successful completion of the Success First program, students will demonstrate:

  1. Effective communication; both in written and oral form
  2. A literal comprehension of college level readings
  3. A range of reading rates according to reading purpose
  4. Prewriting techniques to develop ideas for paragraphs and essays
  5. The ability to give and receive effective feedback to improve writing
  6. The use of standard English grammar and effective sentence skills
  7. The characteristics, habits and attitudes of an effective learner

Success First, Emphasis in Intensive English 

In addition to the general education learning outcomes-communication skills, technology and information literacy skills, symbolic problem solving, analytical thinking, personal and interpersonal skills, academic inquiry, and values-upon successful completion of the Success First program, students will demonstrate:

  1. An understanding of phonemic awareness, word analysis, and high frequency word recognition
  2. Expanded recognition and usage of vocabulary
  3. Reading strategies that build comprehension
  4. Improved oral fluency
  5. Written production of complex sentences and short essays