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Cornerstone Program Learning Outcomes: First-Year Seminar Learning Outcomes

This guide contains links to the current learning outcomes for each of the Cornerstone Program requirements.

Cornerstone Program Learning Outcomes: First-Year Seminars

Students in all First-Year Seminars will demonstrate the ability to:

  • read critically, annotate texts, and gather and interpret evidence. (Active reading).

  • thoroughly (systematically and methodically) analyze their own and others' assumptions and evaluate the relevance of contexts when presenting a position. (Examining assumptions.)

  • critically state, describe, and clarify the issue or problem to be considered so that understanding is not seriously impeded by omissions. (Explanation of issues.)

  • understand context, audience, and purpose in response to an assigned writing task or assignment  (Context and purpose for writing.)

  • use appropriate, relevant, and compelling content to explore ideas through writing within the context of the course or discipline in order to shape the work as a whole. (Content development.)

  • formulate and clearly express a specific position (perspective, thesis/hypothesis) that takes into account the complexities of an issue while acknowledging other points of view. (Point of view.)

  • access information using effective, well-designed search strategies and most appropriate information sources; communicate, organize and synthesize information from sources to fully achieve a specific purpose, with clarity and depth. (Accessing and organizing information.)

  • use credible, relevant sources to support ideas that are situated within the discipline and genre of the writing and document sources using standard citation formats.  (Sources and evidence.)

  • draw conclusions that are logically tied to a range of information, including opposing viewpoints; clearly identify related outcomes, consequences, and implications. (Conclusions and related outcomes.)

  • clearly convey meaning to readers in straightforward language that is generally free of grammatical and mechanical errors.  (Control of syntax and mechanics.) 
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