University learning outcomes
programs of study are designed not only to foster learning
but also to enable students to apply what is learned.
By the time of graduation, BGSU students will demonstrate
substantial mastery of the learning outcomes in a major
field of study; furthermore, students will think critically
and constructively, communicate skillfully, and engage
others actively and effectively so that they participate
fully in society as well-informed citizens.
graduates are critical and constructive thinkers,
as shown by proficiency in inquiry, creative problem solving,
and examining values in decision making.
– a close examination of a matter in a search
for information or truth; seeking for information by
asking questions. BG graduates’ training in inquiry
allows them to systematically explore issues, collect
and analyze evidence, and make informed judgments.
Problem Solving – producing through original artistic
or imaginative effort a result or conclusion. As creative
problem solvers, BG graduates synthesize knowledge within
and across courses and programs, integrate theory and
practice, and link academic and life experiences.
Values in Decision Making – observing
carefully and critically the principles, standards,
or qualities considered worthwhile or desirable
that are present in a decision or dilemma.
BG graduates recognize and describe values
that arise in the content or methods of a
subject area, they identify the ways these
values relate to academic or public discussions
of contemporary issues, and they evaluate
and articulate the way values influence decisions.
graduates communicate skillfully in multiple
forms of expression, such as logical, mathematical, visual,
spatial, or musical. All students have proficiency in
written and oral communication, with additional expertise
in other symbol systems necessary to a major field of
– a social activity in which the author purposefully
uses written text to relate meaning to an intended audience.
BG graduates are proficient in multiple forms of writing,
with particular expertise in the styles and conventions
of a major field of study.
– to communicate in a public setting. "Presenting"
is more than the oral counterpart of "writing,"
inasmuch as presenting includes the use of non-verbal
forms of communication and a variety of media. BG graduates
employ diverse presentation skills in support of effective
graduates engage others in action, as
shown by proficiency in participating and leading.
– to have a part or share in some activity. "Participating"
involves active engagement in learning and in the democratic
process, leading to socially responsible action in one’s
communities. BG graduates are prepared to fulfill civic
and professional responsibilities through reasoned and
open participation. They relate themselves and their
culture to diverse cultures within the U.S. and the
- Leadership – to guide or influence a group to
achieve goals. "Leading" does not require
formal authority or power but rather is a matter of
influence, integrity, spirit, and respect. BG graduates
are prepared to be skilled and ethical leaders who contribute
to the effective functioning of society at all levels.
University learning outcomes are integral to
the BG Perspective (liberal studies or general
education) curriculum, the various majors, and
university programs, and thus describe the basis
for continuity and coherence in Bowling Green
State University’s learning community.