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.

In addition to the Donnelly College Learning Outcomes, individual programs have specific learning outcomes as listed below.


Program Learning Outcomes

Associate of Arts (AA), Liberal Arts 

Upon successful completion of the Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts, 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. An ability to conduct research using sources, strategies, and approaches across disciplines.


Associate of Applied Science (AAS), Concentration in Business

Upon successful completion of the Associate of Applied Science with a concentration in Business, students will demonstrate:

  1. Academically appropriate written and oral communication.
  2. An understanding of business theories. 
  3. Knowledge of technology and software applications appropriate to the business environment. 
  4. An understanding of workplace ethics and diversity. 
     

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

Upon successful completion of the Associate of Applied Science with a concentration in Information Technology, students will demonstrate:

  1. An ability to communicate effectively. 
  2. Knowledge of computer hardware and operating systems. 
  3. Understanding of technology trends, practices, and products. 
  4. Technical skills and methods to solve problems with ethical consideration. 
     

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

Upon successful completion of the Associate of Applied Science with a concentration in Practical Nursing, students will demonstrate:

  1. An ability to adapt using the nursing process to think critically and make safe, effective clinical judgments incorporating evidenced-based practice.
  2. An ability to integrate caring behaviors in practicing the art and science of nursing within a diverse population.
  3. Effective communication methods to manage client needs and to interact with other health care team members.
  4. An ability to collaborate with clients and members of the interdisciplinary health care team to optimize client outcomes.
  5. Implementation of professional standards and scope of practice with legal, ethical, and regulatory frameworks.
  6. Skills required for management of care to meet client needs using available resources and current technology.
     

Associate of Applied Science (AAS), Registered Nursing

Upon successful completion of the Associate of Applied Science in Registered Nursing, students will demonstrate:

  1. Effective communication methods to manage client needs and to interact with other health care team members.
  2. Skills required for management of care to meet client needs using available resources and current technology.
  3. An ability to adapt using the nursing process to think critically and make safe, effective clinical judgments incorporating evidenced-based practice. 
  4. An ability to gather information to plan care for clients and the community.
  5. An ability to Integrate caring behaviors in practicing the art and science of nursing within a diverse population.
  6. Recognition of the importance of effective lifelong learning.
  7. Implementation of professional standards and scope of practice with legal, ethical, and regulatory frameworks.
     

Associate of Science (AS), Liberal Arts 

Upon successful completion of the Associate of Science in Liberal Arts, 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

Upon successful completion of the Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership, students will demonstrate:

  1. Professional/technical oral and written communication skills.
  2. Ethical consideration in business and leadership practice. 
  3. Critical thinking to make informed leadership decisions. 
  4. Analysis and application of essential business practices. 


Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS), Organizational Leadership

Upon successful completion of the Bachelor of Applied Science in Organizational Leadership, students will demonstrate:

  1. A scholarly approach to oral and written communications.
  2. The capacity to differentiate and critique business theories and impacts to the organization.
  3. The aptitude to analyze qualitative and quantitative data to make informed decisions.
  4. An understanding of their leadership style and application of that style to various situation.
  5. The capacity to function effectively on teams to establish goals, plan tasks, meet deadlines, and produce deliverables.
  6. The capability to evaluate and apply ethical considerations as they relate to leadership theories and social responsibilities.
  7. Service leadership to others by developing a service-leadership plan that integrates leadership and business theories to practice.
     

Bachelor of Science (BS), Information Systems

Upon successful completion of the Bachelor of Science in Information Systems, 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

Upon successful completion of the Certificate in Practical Nursing, students will demonstrate:

  1. An ability to collaborate with the client and members of the inter-professional health care team to promote continuity of client care and shared decision-making.
  2. An ability to use information and client care technology to support the delivery of safe, quality client care.
  3. An ability to participate in quality improvement activities assessing their effect on client outcomes.
  4. An ability to provide an environment that is safe and reduces risk of harm for clients, self, and others.
  5.  An ability to provide nursing care that is relationship-centered, caring, culturally sensitive and based on the physiological, psychosocial and spiritual needs of clients with commonly occurring health alterations that have predictable outcomes.
  6. An ability to use current evidence and best practice as a basis for nursing care and decision-making.
  7. Accountability for client care that incorporates legal and ethical principles, regulatory guidelines, and standards of nursing practice.

Student Support Services 

Upon completion of Student Support Services programming, 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

Upon successful completion of the Success First program, students will demonstrate:

  1. Effective academic communication; both in written and oral form.
  2. Literal comprehension of college level readings.
  3. Understanding and application of processes for writing and research. 
  4. The characteristics, habits and attitudes of an effective learner.  
  5. Understanding of connections between their community experiences and the larger world, focusing especially on social justice issues.