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Student Learning Outcomes

At the institutional-level, CMU has established student learning outcomes by the level of degree to be awarded. The institutional learning outcomes were written based on the Lumina Foundation's Degree Qualification Profile list of outcomes for basic areas of learning in graduate, baccalaureate, and associate degree programs. Initially, four of the outcomes were selected to assess (Specialized Knowledge/Applied Learning; and the Intellectual Skills of Communication Fluency, Quantitative Fluency, and Critical Thinking), however, more outcomes may be added in the future. The technical certificate outcomes were written by faculty at Western Colorado Community College to align with the three degree categories.

In addition to the institutional student learning outcomes listed below, program-specific student learning outcomes are included on the program sheet for each program.

Institutional Student Learning Outcomes

Doctoral:

The CMU doctoral degree graduate will be able to:

  • Advance science, education, leadership, practice, or policy within a chosen discipline by completing an original research project approved by a faculty panel (specialized knowledge/applied learning);
  • Employ discipline-specific logical, mathematical, or statistical methods, or other analytical processes to address a topic or issue (quantitative fluency);
  • Create oral and written arguments or explanations, well-grounded in discipline-specific theories and methods, for specified audiences (communication fluency);
  • Formulate and evaluate hypotheses as related to research problems, issues, concepts, and various perspectives (critical thinking);
  • Synthesize, evaluate, or refine the information base of various scholarly sources (information literacy); and
  • Choose ethical and legal courses of action in research and professional practice (ethical reasoning).

Master's:

The CMU master's degree graduate will be able to:

  • Contribute to scholarly advancement in the chosen field by completing projects individually and collaboratively (specialized knowledge/applied learning);
  • Employ discipline-specific logical, mathematical, statistical methods, or other analytical processes to address a topic or issue (quantitative fluency);
  • Create oral and written arguments or explanations, well-grounded in discipline-specific theories and methods, for specified audiences (communication fluency);
  • Formulate and evaluate hypotheses as related to research problems, issues, concepts, and various perspectives (critical thinking);
  • Synthesize, evaluate, or refine the information base of various scholarly sources (information literacy); and
  • Evaluate moral, ethical, legal, or professional challenges within the discipline (ethical reasoning).

Baccalaureate:

The CMU baccalaureate degree graduate will be able to:

  • Construct a summative project, paper or practiced-based performance that draws on current research, scholarship and/or techniques, and specialized knowledge in the discipline (communication; specialized knowledge/applied learning);
  • Analyze data critically, reason logically, and apply quantitative analysis methods correctly to develop appropriate conclusions (quantitative fluency);
  • Make and defend assertions about a specialized topic in an extended well-organized document and an oral presentation that is appropriate to the discipline (critical thinking); and
  • Describe reasoned conclusions that articulate the implications and consequences for a particular decision by synthesizing information and methodologies (critical thinking).

Associate:

The CMU/WCCC associate degree graduate will be able to:

  • Locate, gather and organize evidence on an assigned topic addressing a course or discipline-related question or a question of practice in a work or community setting (specialized knowledge/applied learning);
  • Use program-level mathematical concepts and methods to understand, analyze, and explain issues in quantitative terms (quantitative fluency);
  • Make and defend claims in a well-organized, professional document and/or oral presentation that is appropriate for a specific audience (communication fluency); and
  • Identify and gather the information/data relevant to the essential question, issue and/or problem and develop informed conclusions (critical thinking).

Technical Certificate:

The CMU/WCCC technical certificate graduate will be able to:

  • Apply principles of grammar and vocabulary in documentation for the field of study (communication fluency);
  • Apply mathematical concepts and practices to the field of study (quantitative fluency);
  • Locate, gather, organize and evaluate evidence on an assigned topic or question of practice in a work place setting (specialized knowledge/applied learning);
  • Describe the scope and application of principle features of the field of study, including core practices (critical thinking);
  • Demonstrate mastery of the current terminology in the field of study (specialized knowledge/applied learning);
  • Generate substantially error-free products or processes in the field of study (communication fluency); and
  • Demonstrate personal and professional ethical behavior (specialized knowledge/applied learning).