Core Learning Outcomes

Lane's Core Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

The Core Learning Outcomes distill the essential human characteristics that faculty and their students will strive to develop through education at Lane. This education should generate learning that prepares students to deal with a complex, diverse, and changing world.


CLO 1: Think critically

Definition: Students explore issues, ideas, artifacts, and/or events in the process of accepting or formulating opinions or conclusions. Possible dimensions of this CLO include:

1.1 Identify and define key issues

1.2 Determine information need, find and cite relevant information

1.3 Demonstrate knowledge of the context and complexity of the issue

1.4 Integrate other relevant points of view of the issue

1.5 Evaluate supporting information and evidence

1.6 Construct appropriate and defensible reasoning to draw conclusions

CLO 2: Engage diverse values with civic and ethical awareness

Definition: Students build and reinforce awareness of the value and impact of both their personal perspectives and those of others in diverse local and global communities. Possible dimensions of this CLO include:

2.1 Recognize and clarify personal values and perspectives

2.2 Evaluate diverse values and perspectives of others

2.3 Describe the impact of diverse values and perspectives on individuals, communities, and the world

2.4 Demonstrate knowledge of democratic values and practices

2.5 Collaborate with others to achieve shared goals

CLO 3: Create ideas and solutions

Definition: Students use their understanding of established disciplinary knowledge in conjunction with their own experiences and perspectives to create new ideas, questions, formats, solutions, or products. Possible dimensions of this CLO include:

3.1 Experiment with possibilities that move beyond traditional ideas or solutions. Embrace ambiguity and risk mistakes

3.2 Explore or resolve innovative and/or divergent ideas and directions, including contradictory ideas

3.3 Utilize technology to adapt to and create new media

3.4 Invent or hypothesize new variations on a theme, unique solutions or products; transform and revise solution or project to completion

3.5 Persist when faced with difficulties, resistance, or errors; assess failures or mistakes and rework

3.6 Reflect on successes, failures, and obstacles

CLO 4: Communicate effectively

Definition: Students effectively convey and interact with information in a variety of contexts and modalities with awareness of the influence of audience and purpose. Possible dimensions of this CLO include:

4.1 Select an effective and appropriate medium (such as face-to-face, written, broadcast, or digital) for conveying the message

4.2 Create and express messages with clear language and nonverbal forms appropriate to the audience and cultural context

4.3 Organize the message to adapt to cultural norms, audience, purpose, and medium

4.4 Support assertions with contextually appropriate and accurate examples, graphics, and quantitative information

4.5 Attend to messages, check for shared meaning, identify sources of misunderstanding, and signal comprehension or non-comprehension

4.6 Demonstrate honesty, openness to alternative views, and respect for others' freedom to dissent

CLO 5: Apply learning

Definition: Students reflect on and transfer their learning, knowledge, and skills to new contexts in order to solve problems, make connections, and/or innovate. Possible dimensions of this CLO include:

5.1 Connect theory and practice to develop skills, deepen understanding of fields of study and broaden perspectives

5.2 Apply skills, abilities, theories or methodologies gained in one situation to new situations to solve problems or explore issues

5.3 Use mathematics and quantitative reasoning to solve problems

5.4 Integrate and reflect on experiences and learning from multiple and diverse contexts