University Studies Goals
2014-2015 GOAL OF THE YEAR
During 2014-2015, UNST has designated COMMUNICATION its Goal of the Year, with a program-wide focus on conversations about communication, implementing new writing rubrics, and assessing our students’ learning related to our communication goal.
Freshman (FRINQ) and Sophomore Inquiry (SINQ) courses meet PSU students' writing requirement. To be sure our courses support students' writing, the UNST Writing Coordinator worked with a group of faculty to refine and clarify writing outcomes for FRINQ and SINQ courses. We also surveyed SINQ students about the kinds of writing courses they took prior to enrolling in SINQ, piloted the wrtiting outcomes with our freshman ePortfolios, and using the survey and ePortfolio information, worked with a group of faculty to develop new writing rubrics for use in UNST assessment.
Goal: Students will enhance their capacity to communicate in various ways—writing, graphics, numeracy, and other visual and oral means—to collaborate effectively with others in group work, and to be competent in appropriate communication technologies.
Goal of the Year Events
Inquiry and Critical Thinking
Students will learn various modes of inquiry through interdisciplinary curricula—problem-posing, investigating, conceptualizing—in order to become active, self-motivated, and empowered learners.
The Diversity of Human Experience
Students will enhance their appreciation for and understanding of the rich complexity of the human experience through the study of differences in ethnic and cultural perspectives, class, race, gender, sexual orientation, and ability.
Ethics and Social Responsibility
Students will expand their understanding of the impact and value of individuals and their choices on society, both intellectually and socially, through group projects and collaboration in learning communities.