STOGoals: Insightful Integration and Application of Learning


Students will synthesize and apply their knowledge and skills in creating, performing, innovating, and problem-solving.


For example, students will be able to:

  • Learn in a variety of settings and with a variety of people
  • Connect information and ideas from different learning experiences
  • Evaluate and apply religious, moral, and ethical values to contemporary challenges and life decisions
  • Create original and imaginative intellectual works
  • Approach artistic pursuits critically and with imagination
  • Draw on prior knowledge to solve new intellectual and practical problems

Students can develop these abilities through experiences such as:

  • Completing General Education courses in Artistic Studies, Integrated Scientific Topics, and Ethical Issues and Normative Perspective
  • Completing a “capstone” experience, such as a senior thesis, distinction project, recital, or juried exhibition
  • Doing an internship, field placement, or practicum
  • Collaborating on a research project through the Center for Interdisciplinary Research
  • Choosing an interdisciplinary or self-designed major or concentration
  • Working for an office that requires creativity or problem-solving, such as Information Technology, Residence Life, or the Lion’s Pause
  • Applying for an entrepreneurial grant, research scholarship, or innovation internship
87%

of seniors thought they often connected ideas from courses to prior experiences and knowledge (2018 NSSE Survey data)

84%

of alumni report that their college experience substantially contributed to their integrative thinking skills (2018 HEDS Alumni data)

78%

of alumni report that their college experience substantially contributed to their creative thinking skills (2018 HEDS Alumni data)