STOGoals: College-wide Goals for Student Learning

 


As a residential liberal arts college rooted in the Christian gospel, nourished by its Lutheran heritage, and enlivened by global perspectives, St. Olaf offers a rigorous undergraduate education that encompasses the entire collegiate experience.  Student learning is nurtured not only in classrooms, labs, libraries, and studios, but also in residence halls, rehearsal rooms, practice fields, worship services, student employment, community organizations, and off-campus programs.

Students bring to the college a wide variety of gifts, experiences, backgrounds, and beliefs, and they pursue many different paths to a St. Olaf degree.  While their curricular and co-curricular experiences may vary, they share a common destination:  to become “seekers of truth” and “responsible and knowledgeable citizens of the world.”  To that end, St. Olaf College aims for all its students to achieve the following goals for student learning, developed both within and beyond the classroom.

Intentional and holistic self-development
Students will nurture and connect their intellectual, spiritual, physical, social, and emotional gifts. Learn more…

Broad knowledge of human cultures and the natural world
Students will use tools and ideas from many fields of study to understand human experiences, natural phenomena, and the relationships among them. Learn more…

Specialized knowledge of a particular field or topic
Students will develop deep knowledge of a field of study and its distinctive modes of inquiry, creation, and expression.  Learn more…

Critical thinking and inquiry
Students will investigate, analyze, critique, and construct arguments. Learn more…

Effective communication and collaboration
Students will convey ideas with clarity, and work constructively with others. Learn more…

Insightful integration and application of learning
Students will synthesize and apply their knowledge and skills in creating, performing, innovating, and problem-solving.  Learn more…

Responsible interpersonal, civic, and global engagement
Students will develop knowledge, skills, and commitments for enhancing the well-being of peers, families, and communities.  Learn more…

Informed vocational discernment and resourceful planning
Students will develop their gifts in pursuit of lives of worth and service. Learn more…

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STOGoals “Campus Map”

Resources consulted in developing these goals