About ABU

Learning Outcomes

 
The Alderson Broaddus University community is committed to preparing graduates for a life of integrated learning and professional competency that enables them to be responsible and productive contributors in their vocational, intellectual, cultural, social and spiritual lives.  The College has identified five intended student learning outcomes that best demonstrate this preparedness:  Effective Communication; Critical Thinking; Multi-cultural, Historical, and Discipline Literacy; Community Engagement; and Values and Valuing.  The College continually assesses student learning and achievement in these five areas and uses the results to improve subsequent student learning.

Effective Communication
Alderson Broaddus University students will demonstrate:

the ability to clearly, logically, and persuasively speak, write, and express ideas which make connections that create meaning between themselves and their intended audience;
the ability to use graphics, electronic media, computers, and quantified data as tools to enhance the communication process;
the ability to read and listen with comprehension.

Critical Thinking
Alderson Broaddus University students will demonstrate the process of acquiring, evaluating, analyzing, and synthesizing information and evidence in order to draw conclusions to be applied in problem solving and responsible decision-making.

Multi-cultural, Historical, and Discipline Literacy
Alderson Broaddus University students will demonstrate:
their comprehension of the significant work and criticism that comprise traditional Western cultural heritage; their awareness of some of the significant work and criticism that comprise the heritage of diverse peoples; their competency in the disciplines in their major area(s) of study.

Community Engagement
Alderson Broaddus University students will demonstrate the ability to engage with diverse communities in ways that reflect the students’ personal values, and that also demonstrate sensitivity to the cultural and historical aspects of those communities.

Values and Valuing
In the context of the values of the Alderson Broaddus University community and the values and ethics of their respective disciplines, students will demonstrate the ability to make judgments and choices that are well-reasoned, ethically informed, and respectful of every person.

As evidence of this, students will:
demonstrate knowledge of the beliefs and values that inform their judgments and choices; articulate the moral, ethical, and religious implications and ramifications of their judgments and choices; evaluate alternative moral, ethical, and religious judgments and choices in comparison to their own judgments and choices.