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, or OLE Core courses in Creativity, Ethical Reasoning in Context, and The OLE Experience in Practice
  • 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

For more information about student learning outcomes, visit the pages below:

Student survey data

Assessment Committee website


of seniors thought they often connected ideas from courses to prior experiences and knowledge (2021 NSSE Survey data)


of alumni report that their college experience substantially contributed to their integrative thinking skills (2021 HEDS Alumni data)


of alumni report that their college experience substantially contributed to their creative thinking skills (2021 HEDS Alumni data)