Catalog
2016-17

College-wide Core Goals & Competencies

All academic programs at Manhattan College have, as their foundation, a broad liberal education. The college-wide educational goals define the common curricular ground for all students. In fulfilling its mission, the College seeks to provide skills for a lifetime of intellectual growth; foster a reflection on faith, values, and ethics; and encourage a respect for individual dignity and a commitment to social justice. These educational goals allow the various schools to develop unique programs with specific missions. The educational goals also allow for creative implementation tailored to diverse student and faculty strengths and interests.

Students graduating from Manhattan College will demonstrate these core competencies:

  • Effective communication

  • Critical thinking

  • Information and technology literacy

  • Quantitative and scientific literacy

  • Independent and collaborative work

  • Global awareness

  • Religious and ethical awareness

The core competencies are further detailed in ten learning objectives which students are expected to fulfill by the completion of their academic programs, supplemented by active participation in the extra-curricular activities offered by the College. Upon graduation from Manhattan College, students will be able to:

  • Express their ideas coherently and persuasively through oral and written communication.

  • Analyze, evaluate, and synthesize information and arguments and make sound judgments about their use and application.

  • Locate relevant information in printed and electronic form and credit it properly.

  • Use information technology to function effectively and responsibly in society.

  • Understand, interpret, and apply numerical data.

  • Understand and apply the methods of science.

  • Function as independent thinkers and as members of collaborative groups.

  • Understand and appreciate cultural diversity.

  • Assess conduct and make decisions based on ethical concerns and transcendent moral values as articulated in Christianity and other religious and philosophical traditions.

  • Understand that Manhattan is a Catholic institution, committed to respect for individual dignity and social justice.

Students will develop the abilities to achieve these learning objectives through their individual programs within each school and through courses from other schools in the College. Student achievement of the learning objectives is assessed through a variety of measures.

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