Institutional Assessment - Student Learning Outcomes Statements

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Student Learning Outcomes Statements

Student learning outcomes statements clearly state the expected knowledge, skills, attitudes, competencies, and habits of mind that students are expected to acquire at an institution of higher education. Greenville University's institutional Student Learning Outcome statements provide overall direction to all units of the college for developing goals and outcomes.

GU institutional Student Learning Outcomes

Academic Units

Art Program Mission Statement:

The Mission of the department of Visual Arts at Greenville University is to equip students with an education characterized by critical thinking, aesthetic discernment, historical context, creative expression, and social engagement through the exploration of the relationship between art and faith. Visual art and art history courses are concerned with excellence in scholarship and craft as well as integrity in creative expression and reflection. We will seek these things within the framework of academic freedom and faithful responsibility to God’s call on the whole of our lives.

Art Program Objectives

Students in the Art Department will:

1. Acquire and apply Fundamental Skills, which include mindful making and the development of a variety of tools and proficiencies in art and design media

2. Demonstrate Critical Thinking Skills including the ability to distinguish between and use rational, intuitive, and critical thinking processes and to construct meaning using visual information.

3. Discern Visual Quality through identifying visual strengths and weaknesses to promote aesthetic resolution and clarity of intention.

4. Build Professionalism through strategies for success such as attentiveness, time management skills, and the ability to commit to a personal vision in the endeavor of art making.

5. Develop Quantitative Skills including the ability to use sound principles of proportion to measure, calculate, and transfer dimensions of the observed and built world.

6. Demonstrate Inventiveness and the Spirit of Investigation, utilizing visual and idea-oriented research, the spirit of play, and the sequential application of process to develop problem solving skills.

7. Develop an Awareness of Social Responsibility by working individually and collaboratively to consider the social and environmental impact of art and design.

Audio Engineering Program Objectives:

By majoring in audio engineering, graduates should be able to:

  1. Create professional final masters of studio recording projects, including music and audio post production projects.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency studio and live audio applications and techniques.
  3. Demonstrate an ability to work in a professional setting.
  4. Demonstrate an ability to listen critically in a studio and live environment.  

Biology Program Mission Statement:

The Department of Biology is committed to excellence. Our mission is two-fold: First is to prepare biological scientists who demonstrate open-minded inquiry, integrity, service, and stewardship of God’s creation, and the second is to help the liberal arts student to better understand and appreciate their role in God’s created order. We see this commitment as an affirmation of the mission of Greenville College.

Biology Program Objectives:

At the close of their degree students should be able to:

  1. Think like a biologist
    1. Demonstrate working knowledge of major areas of biology as identified in the biology major (cellular/molecular, anatomical, ecology).
    2. Describe ethical dimensions of biological issues and articulate links between the study of biology and a Christian worldview.
  2. Work like a biologist
    1. Formulate testable hypotheses.
    2. Collect, analyze, and interpret data.
    3. Appropriately utilize scientific literature.
    4. Integrate their biology major with their professional goals.
  3. Communicate like a biologist
    1. Orally present scientific information effectively.
    2. Communicate scientific information in written form effectively.
    3. Use relevant scientific terminology.

Chemistry Program Mission Statement:

The Department of Chemistry is committed to excellence in chemical science education.  It assumes that through the study of chemistry one can understand unique aspects concerning the nature of God and His creation.  The following quote from Johannes Kepler exemplifies the department’s position and teaching philosophy concerning the motivation for the pursuit of scientific knowledge: “Scientists are the priests of the highest God in regard to the book of nature.  It befits us to be thoughtful not for ourselves but for the glory of God.”  Consequently, Chemistry becomes a part of the College's concept of Christian education.

Chemistry Program Objectives:

By majoring in chemistry, students will: 

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of major concepts, theoretical principles and experimental findings in chemistry. 
  2. Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the proper procedures and regulations for safe handling and use of chemicals.  
  3. Understand how to properly carry out experiments, and appropriately record and analyze the results.  
  4. Demonstrate an ability to solve problems in chemistry using the tools, techniques, and data available.  
  5. Demonstrate effective writing and oral communication of concepts and experimental results.  
  6. Discuss development of major scientific ideas and relate chemistry to and integrate chemistry with other areas of knowledge including issues of public concern.

Commercial Music Program Objectives:

By majoring in commercial music, students will: 

  1. Demonstrate an ability to work collaboratively in creating music.
  2. Create Commercial Music projects through songwriting and arranging in commercial style.

English Program Mission Statement:

In the English Department, we empower students to build professional and creative skills in a faith-based environment.  We dedicate ourselves to four interrelated pursuits: experiencing and analyzing the diversity and depth of literature in the English language; investigating the origins of that language; cultivating exceptional writing skills in academic, professional, and creative contexts; and reading texts within a global context.  Our chief mission as educators is to enable students to realize the great worth of the literary life, which prepares students for global citizenship as critical thinkers, careful readers, arts advocates, and dedicated professionals.

English Program Objectives:

At the close of their degree students will be able to:

1.  Reading Objectives: Students will be able to discuss, critique, and synthesize complex texts. 

2.  Writing Objectives:  Students will be able to produce well-crafted, well-organized, and well-documented writing that communicates critically, creatively, and journalistically, depending on their area of concentration and career goals.

3.  Literature Objectives:  Students will encounter and interpret British, American, Continental, and non-Western literature and apply various critical approaches to literary texts and authors.

4. Integrate the theory and praxis of visual, performative, media and written cultural forms. (CVCMS)

5. Generate integrated creative works in art, literature, performance, cinema, and media criticism. (CVCMS)

Environmental Biology Program Mission Statement:

The Department of Biology is committed to excellence. Our mission is two-fold: First is to prepare biological scientists who demonstrate open-minded inquiry, integrity, service, and stewardship of God’s creation, and the second is to help the liberal arts student to better understand and appreciate their role in God’s created order. We see this commitment as an affirmation of the mission of Greenville College.

Environmental Biology Program Objectives:

At the close of their degree students should be able to:

  1. Think like an environmental biologist
    1. Demonstrate working knowledge of major areas in environmental biology (organismal biology, ecology, environmental science, and environmental policy).
    2. Describe ethical dimensions of biological issues and articulate links between the study of biology and a Christian worldview.
  2. Work like an environmental biologist
    1. Formulate testable hypotheses
    2. Collect, Analyze, and Interpret Data
    3. Appropriately utilize scientific literature
    4. Demonstrate development of relevant professional skills
  3. Communicate like an environmental biologist
    1. Orally present scientific information effectively
    2. Communicate scientific information in written form effectively
    3. Use relevant scientific terminology

Health Psychology Program Mission Statement:

The Health Psychology program provides students with a comprehensive introduction to the biopsychosocial model of Health Psychology that will equip them to enter health related careers and function to promote professional practice in the career field of their choice.

Health Psychology Program Objectives:

By majoring in health psychology, students will learn to: 

  1. Integrate current global/regional health issues with traditional research sources in describing the need for health improvement initiatives.  
  2. Develop theoretically based critical thinking skills in oral and written descriptions of areas of health risk. 
  3. Utilize analytical skills in the evaluation of existing health improvement programs and demonstrate the ability to develop new options for the future.
  4. Demonstrate the integration of faith and stewardship through evidence of health promotion practices in student’s personal and familial lifestyle and family engagement.  

History/Political Science Program Mission Statement:

The History/Political Science major equips students to study the past for the purpose of understanding the present, from a Christian worldview, by offering a curriculum characterized by both breadth and depth that challenges students to communicate clearly, think critically, and act ethically.

History/Political Science Program Objectives:

Upon completing their degree students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate Historical ThinkingStudents should demonstrate a comprehension of how chronology, contextual influences, and culture shape how historians think as they read, research, and write history, and the distinctives of a Christian perspective.

2. Master Historical Knowledge. Students should demonstrate mastery of advanced knowledge in American History and one other specific area of history. 

3. Engage in Historical ResearchStudents should demonstrate an ability to frame historical questions, access and evaluate sources, and conduct historical research. 

4. Communicate Effectively Within The Discipline of HistoryStudents should demonstrate the ability to speak, write, read, and listen effectively in historical contexts. 

5. Describe and analyze [American] political and governmental processesStudents should describe [American] political and governmental processes and analyze the context in which [Americans] currently and historically have created law and public policy.

6. Engage in Civil discourse. Students should demonstrate the ability to engage in civil discourse with grace, understanding and purpose.

Mathematics Program Mission Statement:

The principal goals of the mathematics program at Greenville University are to foster students who value mathematics for its own sake and value it as a means of describing God’s universe.  The program seeks to prepare students for advanced study in mathematics and to perform in the work force.  The mathematics program also serves to assist in the preparation of students for advanced work in complementary fields.

Mathematics Program Objectives:

At the close of their degree successful students will be able to:

1. Integrate a variety of mathematical concepts and skills into problem solving.

2. Construct and communicate creative work, including proofs, using the language and symbolism of mathematics.

3. Solve problems using technology.

4. Develop a breadth of knowledge in the applications of mathematics.

Media Communication Program Mission Statement:

Marshall McLuhan famously stated, "Environments are not passive wrappings, but are, rather, active processes which are invisible." In light of this insight, the Greenville College Communication & Media Studies department trains students to see, understand and critique the underlying communication structures and infrastructures that shape the world they live in. Throughout a student's course of study, they will research the theories, skills and literacies necessary for living in a digital world.   

Media Communication Program Objectives:

At the close of their degree students should be able to:

1. Theory -  Distinguish the major dimensions of media and communication theory.

2. History - Identify and express the general contours of the history of media communication

3. Context - Demonstrate the way media has and continues to shape culture.

4. Difference -  Interpret culture, self-identity and the circulation of meaning.

5. Practice - Create oral, written and digital media productions that demonstrate a critical understanding of Media Communication and Public Discourse.

Music Program Mission Statement:

The BA in Music purposes to help students reach their full potential as persons and as undergraduate musicians. Our aim is to cultivate musicians who are well-prepared for future study, and who integrate their faith with their professional endeavors.

Music Program Objectives:

At the close of their degree students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate ability to read music, through analyzing scores, and reading appropriately leveled music at sight.

2. Display competence in critical listening by exhibiting increasing aural adeptness.

3. Demonstrate rehearsal and performance adeptness on a primary instrument, by displaying a level of technical mastery on a primary instrument, displaying increasing independence and initiative in the pursuit of said mastery, and developing productive and efficient practice habits.

4. Create and recreate music: display increasing skill in modifying existing musical material, transposing existing musical material, and  new creating musical new material.

5. Demonstrate foundational understanding of historical periods and musical styles by discriminating between music of contrasting styles, recognizing and manipulating stylistic characteristics, effectively interpreting a wide range of repertoire.

6. Demonstrate capacity to produce scholarly music research, by displaying knowledge of high quality source material, displaying tenacity and thoroughness in research, and drawing integrative conclusions.

7. Demonstrate a growing collaborative musical proficiency, by developing ability to collaborate with other musicians in rehearsal and performance, and demonstrating musicianship skills necessary for collaboration.

8. Articulate an awareness of identity as a Christian musician, by developing a healthy attitude toward talent and skill, developing discipline and forward-thinking in professional goals, and demonstrating joy in exercising their gifts. 

Physics Program Mission Statement:

The Physics Program at Greenville College strives to instill knowledge, skills, and a heightened sense of ethical awareness, in students interested in the physical sciences. By offering a Christ- centered and academically intensive education, we hope to eradicate, among incoming students, the pervasive viewpoint that Christian faith and science are antithetical in nature, while maintaining a teaching environment of academic freedom in accordance with the institution’s policy. Not only do we want our graduates to contribute in a scholarly fashion to the science and technology community, but also to display upstanding character in the endeavors worthy as a testament to the gospel of Christ.

Physics Program Objectives:

By majoring in physics, students will learn to: 

  1. Demonstrate proficient critical thinking skills
  2. Demonstrate knowledge about the laws of the physical world
  3. Display ethical integrity in work
  4. Apply computational skills in modeling physical processes
  5. Apply advanced instrumentation skills

Psychology Program Mission Statement:

The Psychology Program of Greenville College develops scholars whose spiritual discernment and liberal arts education ground their understanding of the field of psychology.  Scholars exhibit the capacity for inquiry and problem resolution through hypothesis formation, hypothesis testing, and data interpretation utilizing both quantitative and qualitative methods.

Psychology Program Objectives:

By majoring in psychology, students will learn to:

  1. Inquiry: Employ inductive and deductive methods in empirical investigations that conform to APA ethical standards as well as utilize more intuitive and spiritual perspectives in the process of knowing.
  2. Knowledge: Articulate the theoretical, theological, and ethical frameworks from which their work derives. Demonstrate through oral and written work an understanding of developmental, organizational, social psychological, personality, cognitive and abnormal psychological domains.
  3. Communication: Present information related to the field in an organized and articulate manner, utilizing a variety of media and text resources. In this process, students demonstrate the ability to formulate hypotheses, gather data, analyze through appropriate statistical procedures, and interpret the results in a manner consistent with APA standards.
  4. Service: Engage in public service activities which are grounded in a Christian perspective of vocation and are designed to improve the quality of organizations, institutions, and the lives of individuals around them.

Spanish Program Mission Statement:

The Spanish Program provides students with the necessary Spanish language skills, cross-cultural experiences, and literary and cultural understandings to navigate effectively as an ambassador of Christ within the Hispanic/Latino population of the U.S.A and among other Latino and Hispanic countries.

Spanish Program Objectives:

Based on the ACTFL 5c's, at the close of their degree students will be able to:      

(A)  Show competence in the other areas of the ACTFL 5C’s:

  (i)  Communication (demonstrate AT LEAST an advanced-low level of proficiency)

       a. participate in oral and written conversation within authentic cultural contexts                  about current events in Spanish-speaking countries and themes in Spanish,                  Latin American, and Biblical literature.

       b.  demonstrate competence on 50% or more of each category of “ACTFL Can-do”               indicators (listed below), at an advanced-low level or higher.

  (ii)  Culture -  reflect on and communicate appreciation of cultural and aesthetic                   aspects of Spanish-speaking nations.

  (iii)  Connection – demonstrate advancement of knowledge, critical and creative                    thinking skills, including quality research.

  (iv)  Comparison – articulate appreciable differences between language and cultural              diversity of Spanish-speaking countries.

  (v)  Community -  apply learning from exploration of many aspects of neighboring               cultures which speak the target language throughout the world.

(B)  Show evidence of being Ambassadors for Christ, locally, nationally, and globally.

Worship Arts Program Mission Statement:

The mission of the BA degree program in Worship Arts is to prepare undergraduate students to develop skills in planning and leading music for a corporate worship setting. By providing excellent undergraduate instruction and the ability to integrate musicianship, collaboration, and pastoral care, the program strives to graduate students who are skilled in the field of worship ministry and able to think critically. This mission aligns with the institutional and college missions of empowering undergraduate students for lives of character and service through a transforming Christ-centered education.

Worship Arts Program Objectives:

At the close of their degree students should be able to: 

  1. Display effective musician skills.
  2. Demonstrate effective ability to collaborate and lead others.
  3. Exhibit pastoral musician skills.

Accounting Program Mission Statement: 

The Accounting Program equips students with a level of knowledge in accounting that sets them apart in whatever position they attain.

Accounting Program Objectives:

At the close of their degree students should be able to: 

  1. Recognize and utilize the fundamental and technical concepts of accounting in business settings.
  2. Interpret financial statement information and identify the potential business repercussions of that information.
  3. Prepare financial statements in accordance with appropriate standards.
  4. Demonstrate teamwork skills in business settings.
  5. Analyze and generate internal controls to provide reasonable assurance of efficiency of operations, reliability of reporting, and compliance with regulations.
  6. Demonstrate effective communication skills in regard to accounting application in various business settings and situations.

Agribusiness Program Mission Statement:

Students graduating from the Briner School Agribusiness Program will have a solid understanding of the US and global agricultural production and support industries.  They will have very applied analytical and communication skills.  The combination of these knowledge and skills will allow BSB, agribusiness graduates to have the confidence in insights they bring to their occupations to suggest them respectfully to their supervisor.  Their contributions to their employers will allow their performance to rise to the top.

Agribusiness Program Objectives:

By majoring in Agribusiness, students will learn to: 

1. Effectively manage colleagues, employees, and clients in ever-changing domestic and international business environments.

2. Synthesize goals, team work, and leadership activities built upon a meaningful business vision and strategy.

3. Analyze agricultural trends and integrate them into effective, profitable management decisions

4. Evaluate organizational strengths and weaknesses using proven financial and operational analytical tools.

5. Efficiently communicate plans, issues, and progress to any stakeholder with a broad array of technology using written, spoken, and digital techniques.

Business Management Program Mission Statement:

The Briner School of Business educates and empowers students to effectively impact the world by confidently carrying their faith and knowledge into the marketplace so that culture experiences the difference. The mission of the Business Management program/major is to graduate students equipped to positively impact businesses globally with their skills and faith.

Business Management Program Objectives:

At the close of their degree students should be able to: 

  1. Apply principles studied to effectively recruit, select, train, and retain employees.
  2. Design and assess project teams in various business settings.
  3. Implement a shared business vision and strategy toward goal achievement by sustaining collaborative work environments and situations.
  4. Demonstrate a knowledge of various cultures in both domestic and international settings marked by constant change.
  5. Apply financial analytical tools and processes to assess potential organizational issues.
  6. Effectively communicate business plans and strategies to stakeholder groups by using appropriate business communication skills.

M.S. Management Program Mission Statement:

The MSM Program educates and empowers students to effectively supervise in the workplace while integrating their faith and acquired expertise.

M.S. Management Program Objectives:

At the close of their degree students should be able to:

1. Apply relevant knowledge in new and unfamiliar organizational situations to present workable solutions.

2. Implement problem solving skills to cope with unforeseen events and unpredictable environments.

3. Assess issues in the organization and/or community in orer to present solutions clearly and effectively to the public, their colleagues, and the business community.

4. Demonstrate the ability to work collaboratvely with others of varying and diverse backgrounds while serving others.

5. Integrate their faith into their business worlds and communities in a positive way.

6. Manage those they are responsible for in various situations appropriately.

Marketing Program Mission Statement:

The Briner School of Business educates and empowers students to effectively impact the world by confidently carrying their faith and knowledge into the marketplace so culture experiences the difference.

The mission of a BS degree in Marketing is to prepare undergraduate students to be able to continue their education at the Master’s level or enter the field of marketing in an entry-level position. By providing students rigorous instruction, opportunities to apply knowledge in small segments, exposure to case studies, and opportunities to plan and create an entire marketing plan, graduates will be able to think critically, be flexible, exhibit grit and do all with joy. Built on a foundation of faith in Jesus Christ, students will also understand the meaning of being a “Roaring Lamb,” as described by the Briner School of Business namesake, Bob Briner. This mission aligns with the college mission because marketing studies is a means of student transformation as they become character-filled, productive members of the business world and society at large.

Marketing Program Objectives:

At the close of their degree students should be able to:

1. Understand and utilize key marketing terms and concepts.

2. Analyze components of marketing plans and evaluate various marketing actions to find the most effective based on quality research, customer needs and organization strategies.

3. Create a complete marketing plan in a team setting and communicate it through oral and written communication.

4. Analyze, compare and contrast how markets holding a Christian worldview approach and do marketing with unique perspectives, values and ethics.

MBA Program Mission Statement:

The MBA educates and prepares students to effectively address issues in the workplace utilizing analytical tools and critical thinking skills while integrating their faith throughout their careers.

MBA Program Objectives:

At the close of their degree students should be able to:

1. Apply quantitative and qualitative business tools to address organizational challenges.

2. Apply relevant knowledge in new and unfamiliar community and organizational situations.

3. Creatively assess issues in the organization and/or community in order to present solutions clearly and effectively to the public, their colleagues, and the business community.

4. Demonstrate the ability to lead and work collaboratively with others of varying and diverse backgrounds within their organizations and communities while serving others.

5. Demonstrate how the integration of their faith influcences their actions in their professions.

6. Apply tools learned to responsibly manage those they supervise in all situations encountered as they occur.

Music Business Program Mission Statement:

The Briner School of Business educates and empowers students to effectively impact the world by confidently carrying their faith and knowledge into the marketplace so culture experiences the difference.

The mission of the Music Business program is to develop and equip students with skills and knowledge required for employment or further education in fields related to Music Business. Students will not only receive instruction but will actively participate in an experience-based curriculum designed for building skills and resumés. The mission of Music Business program serves to further reinforce the institution's objective to graduate students who will uniquely shape the world.

Music Business Program Objectives:

By majoring in Music Business, students will learn to: 

1. Demonstrate essential skills, knowledge and attitudes to be employable in fields related to Music Business.

2. Demonstrate teamwork skills, such as collaboration, effective communication and cooperation.

3. Craft solutions to real world situations by applying transferable skills learned in the classroom.

4. Consider Christian values in vetting or making business related decisions.

Ministry Program Mission Statement:

The Ministry Major prepares students for the adventure of ministry by providing a collaborative model of education through classroom instruction, church participation, and community engagement that cultivates a theological imagination. 

Ministry Program Objectives:

At the close of their degree, Ministry majors should be able to:

1. Demonstrate knowledge of basic Christian doctrine.

2. Display and understanding of the nature, development, and diversity of the Christian theological tradition, and a willingness to reflect critically on one's own theological orientation and worldview.

3. Exhibit familiarity with the history, context, and interpretation of Christian Scripture, and demonstrate an understanding of Scripture’s significance for Christian life.

4. Display theological imagination and relational intelligence in ministry practice.

5. Develop and practice a distinctive model for ministry. 

Philosophy Program Mission Statement:

The mission of the BA degree program in Philosophy is to produce students who demonstrate rigorous, critical, yet generous textual interpretations of key areas in the field of philosophy, as demonstrated by eloquent, creative, and clear written work and oral presentation. By providing students with a wide variety of courses both within and outside the Western canon of philosophy, the program strives to graduate students who are knowledgeable across cultures and aware of counter-discourses to the standard arguments in the field. This mission aligns with the institutional mission of educating students to become people of character and service, able to engage the global community and participate in the work of justice and reconciliation as is called for by our Christian mission. 

Philosophy Program Objectives:

At the end of our program, a Greenville University Philosophy Major should:

1. Possess the skill to read challenging philosophical and historical texts carefully and responsibly, and to distill the argument of a text both orally and in writing. 

2. Demonstrate the ability to reflect upon the deeper questions regarding human life in the fields of ethics, religion, politics, culture, and history, via coherent and cogent written work. 

3. Demonstrate basic knowledge of non-Western philosophy and/or counter-discourses and critical responses to the Western canon. 

4. Demonstrate a deep understanding of Christian values as they influence and manifest themselves in the life of the mind in service to the world, via active, documented engagement outside the classroom. 

Theological Studies Program Mission Statement:

The Theological Studies Major trains students to think honestly, courageously, and methodically about God by introducing students to the rich and diverse resources of the global church, past and present, and by nurturing openness to God through spiritual disciplines.

Theological Studies Program Objectives:

At the close of their degree, Theological Studies majors should be able to:

1. Demonstrate knowledge of basic Christian doctrine.

2. Display an understanding of the nature, development, and diversity of the Christian theological tradition, and a willingness to reflect critically on one's own theological orientation and worldview.

3. Exhibit familiarity with the history, context, and interpretation of Christian Scripture, and demonstrate an understanding of Scripture’s significance for Christian life.

4. Translate theological knowledge and conviction into a life of vocation and service.   

MAE in Coaching Program Objectives:

Graduates from the MAE in Coaching will be able to:

  1. Craft scholarly writing, which incorporates APA formatting and exhibits critical analysis.
  2. Apply critical pedagogy to analyze educational or athletic settings and propose strategies for promoting equity.
  3. Infer assumptions embedded into school reform policies. Use assumptions common to successful school reform models to analyze personal, local, and systematic educational/athletic reform approaches.
  4. Locate, analyze and synthesize information from primary sources within the educational field.
  5. Evaluate and differentiate the quality, purpose, and benefits of research designs and methods.
  6. Design and implement scholarly research, using qualitative or quantitative methods, that results in a thesis addressing an educational problem.
  7. Building Coaching Leadership & Management: Assess and construct the various leadership and sport management concepts within coaching.
  8. Connecting Character and Faith: Develop concepts and practices that connect faith and character development with sport participation.
  9. Defining Coaching Success: Design a clear definition of successful coaching and season outcomes via clear communication and collaboration within the sports community – players, parents, administrators, boosters and community members.

MA in Curriculum and Instruction Program Mission Statement:

Candidates will create environments designed to promote cooperation and responsibility, support self-worth, affirm the dignity of all students, and stimulate learning.

MA in Curriculum and Instruction Program Objectives:

At the close of their degree students should be able to:

  1. Craft scholarly writing which incorporates APA formatting and exhibits critical analysis.
  2. Apply critical pedagogy to analyze educational or athletic settings and propose strategies for promoting equity.
  3. Infer assumptions embedded into school reform policies. Use assumptions common to successful school reform models to analyze personal, local, and systematic educational/athletic reform approaches.
  4. Locate, analyze and synthesize information from primary sources within the educational field.
  5. Evaluate and differentiate the quality, purpose, and benefits of research designs and methods.
  6. Design and implement scholarly research using qualitative or quantitative methods that results in a thesis addressing an educational problem.
  7. Review the change process and its effects on educational organizations and design an Innovation Project which includes identifying a problem, reviewing literature, describing data collection strategies and methodology, summarizing results, and making recommendations.
  8. Develop school curriculum and instruction that meets  21st century demands in educational organizations.
  9. Assess the origins of instructional problems and develop an instructional research-based plan to address problems that impede student achievement.
  10. Explore historical theories of multiple literacies, investigate diverse literacy programs, analyze research data, and literacy constructs across all content areas.
  11. Engage in the study of assessment for learning, investigating the use of strategic learning strategies that imbed assessment throughout the instructional process.  

Teacher Education Program Mission Statement:

In addition to the institutional mission, the Greenville University Teacher Education Program has thoughtfully considered its mission and purposes in order to provide a foundational framework for its programs. This statement demonstrates some key elements of our program, such as value for human dignity, the importance of community, and the responsibility that teachers have to foster meaningful learning: Teacher candidates will create classroom environments that promote cooperation and responsibility, support self-worth, affirm the dignity of all students, and stimulate learning.

Teacher Education Program Objectives:

The following 12 Program objectives are organized around the philosophical intent of the framework, and state and national standards.  They reflect the faculty’s desire to prepare candidates who are committed to diversity, technology, children and youth with special needs, the content area, and professional teaching standards.  They communicate the Unit’s intent that all Program graduates should be able to:

1. State the concepts and structure basic to their subject matter specializations, articulate instructional outcomes, and use teaching styles, resources, and strategies appropriate for all learners.

2. Identify important characteristics of learners stemming from sociological, psychological, and cultural environments at various stages of growth and development, and implement appropriate teaching strategies.

3. Create positive learning environments for students from varied cultural milieus.

4. Develop and utilize teaching strategies based on tested psychological principles, learning theories, current research, and emerging technology appropriate for various teaching and learning environments.

5. Engage students in higher level thinking by using an array of technological and other resources, and a variety of written and communication techniques.

6. Use a variety of assessment strategies and techniques in order to assure positive student development.

7. Distinguish among different roles of students, parents, and school officials within diverse social contexts and to create positive learning experiences within school and community environments.

8. State cognitive, affective, and psychomotor goals of education from historical, philosophical, social, cultural, and global perspectives and be able to use these goals in assessing personal attitudes and strategies, learning environments, and the profession.

9. Assume responsibility for staying abreast of current professional developments and educational research with regard to theory and best practice.

10. Exemplify in planning and demonstrate in practice the dispositions articulated by Unit faculty as necessary for all teacher education candidates.

11. Communicate effectively in both spoken and written modes with all constituents.

12. Be a model of hope – consistent with the mission of Greenville University to be a Christ-centered university in the liberal arts and sciences.

MA in Reading Program Mission Statement:

Candidates will create environments designed to promote cooperation and responsibility, support self-worth, affirm the dignity of all students, and stimulate learning.

MA in Reading Program Objectives:

At the close of their degree students should be able to:

1. State the concepts and structure basic to their subject matter specializations, articulate instructional outcomes, and use teaching styles, resources, and strategies appropriate for all learners.

2. Identify important characteristics of learners stemming from sociological, psychological, and cultural environments at various stages of growth and development, and implement appropriate teaching strategies.

3. Create positive learning environments for students from varied cultural milieus.

4. Develop and utilize teaching strategies based on tested psychological principles, learning theories, current research, and emerging technology appropriate for various teaching and learning environments.

5. Engage students in higher level thinking by using an array of technological and other resources, and a variety of written and communication techniques.

6. Use a variety of assessment strategies and techniques in order to assure positive student development.

7. Distinguish among different roles of students, parents, and school officials within diverse social contexts and to create positive learning experiences within school and community environments.

8. State cognitive, affective, and psychomotor goals of education from historical, philosophical, social, cultural, and global perspectives and be able to use these goals in assessing personal attitudes and strategies, learning environments, and the profession.

9. Assume responsibility for staying abreast of current professional developments and educational research with regard to theory and best practice.

10. Exemplify in planning and demonstrate in practice the dispositions articulated by Unit faculty as necessary for all teacher education candidates.

11. Communicate effectively in both spoken and written modes with all constituents.

12. Be a model of hope – consistent with the mission of Greenville College to be a “Christ-centered” college in the liberating arts and sciences.

 

MAE in Special Education Program Mission Statement:

Graduates with the MAE in Special Education create environments designed to promote cooperation and responsibility, support self-worth, affirm the dignity of all students, and stimulate learning.

MAE in Special Education Program Objectives:

At the close of their degree students should be able to:

  1. Craft scholarly writing which incorporates APA formatting and exhibits critical analysis.
  2. Apply critical pedagogy to analyze educational or athletic settings and propose strategies for promoting equity.
  3. Infer assumptions embedded into school reform policies. Use assumptions common to successful school reform models to analyze personal, local, and systematic educational/athletic reform approaches.
  4. Locate, analyze and synthesize information from primary sources within the educational field.
  5. Evaluate and differentiate the quality, purpose, and benefits of research designs and methods.
  6. Design and implement scholarly research using qualitative or quantitative methods that results in a thesis addressing an educational problem.
  7. Review the change process and its effects on educational organizations and design an Innovation Project which includes identifying a problem, reviewing literature, describing data collection strategies and methodology, summarizing results, and making recommendations.
  8. Develop school curriculum and instruction that meets 21st century demands in educational organizations.
  9. Assess the origins of instructional problems and develop an instructional research-based plan to address problems that impede student achievement.
  10. Explore historical theories of multiple literacies, investigate diverse literacy programs, analyze research data, and literacy constructs across all content areas.
  11. Engage in the study of assessment for learning, investigating the use of strategic learning strategies that imbed assessment throughout the instructional process. 

MA in ESL Program Mission Statement:

Candidates will create environments designed to promote cooperation and responsibility, support self-worth, affirm the dignity of all students, and stimulate learning.

MA in ESL Program Objectives:

At the close of their degree students should be able to:

  1. Craft scholarly writing which incorporates APA formatting and exhibits critical analysis.
  2. Apply critical pedagogy to analyze educational or athletic settings and propose strategies for promoting equity.
  3. Infer assumptions embedded into school reform policies. Use assumptions common to successful school reform models to analyze personal, local, and systematic educational/athletic reform approaches.
  4. Locate, analyze and synthesize information from primary sources within the educational field.
  5. Evaluate and differentiate the quality, purpose, and benefits of research designs and methods.
  6. Design and implement scholarly research using qualitative or quantitative methods that results in a thesis addressing an educational problem.
  7. Compare and contrast: (1) Differences in acquiring a first and second language; (2) Differences in ESL/EFL/Dual language teaching methods; (3) Different approaches to assessing language proficiency; and (4) Different regional and ethnic dialects.
  8. Analyze: (1) Different features and components of the English language; (2) Assessment instruments and assessment data; and (3) Gender differences in language use.
  9. Design: (1) ESL Lesson plans; (2) Assessment tools; and (3) A plan for integrating parents into the language classroom.
  10. Apply: (1) Knowledge of cultural diversity; (2) Cultural aspects of language acquisition; and the (4) Importance of cultural identity to adapt instruction for ELLs.

Computer and Information Systems Program Mission Statement:

The Computer and Information Systems major will prepare students to become content creators in a world that is constantly being shaped by technology. This preparation includes the cultivation of analytic and critical thinking skills as well as the ability to work and communicate with others on complex interdisciplinary projects integrating digital music and art, web based digital communications, and computer programming skills. Students will learn to integrate their Christian worldview as an extension of the creative process as revealed in digital content, presenting themselves as moral and responsible Christian professionals. The Computer and Information Systems major emphasizes a broad-based, theoretical understanding of the delivery tools, which will allow them, as life-long learners, to keep pace with rapidly changing technology over the course of their careers. Students also learn the technical skills necessary to begin as content creators following graduation.

Computer and Information Systems Program Objectives:

At the close of their degree students should be able to:

1. Conceive, create, and manage projects at a high level of competency.

2. Understand computer technology and its contribution to society.

3. Develop problem solving and systems analysis capabilities.

4. Develop professional communication skills necessary for success.

Digital Media Program Mission Statement:

The Digital Media major will prepare students to become content creators in a world that is constantly being shaped by technology. This preparation includes the cultivation of analytic and critical thinking skills as well as the ability to work and communicate with others on complex interdisciplinary projects integrating digital music and art, web based digital communications, and computer programming skills. Students will learn to integrate their Christian worldview as an extension of the creative process as revealed in digital content, presenting themselves as moral and responsible Christian professionals. The Digital Media major emphasizes a broad-based, theoretical understanding of the delivery tools, which will allow them, as life-long learners, to keep pace with rapidly changing technology over the course of their careers. Students also learn the technical skills necessary to begin as content creators following graduation. Students who successfully complete a major can expect entry level professional positions or admission to graduate school upon graduation. 

Digital Media Program Objectives:

At the close of their degree students should be able to:

  1. Generate creative works in art, literature, performance and media criticism.
  2. Critically examine works in media and technology; explain their contribution to society.
  3. Integrate the theory and praxis of visual, performative, media and written cultural forms.
  4. Develop professional communication skills necessary for success.

Exercise Science Program Mission Statement:

The Exercise Science program strives to prepare students for physical activity, exercise, health and sport related professions through the obtainment of knowledge, skills and abilities related to health and wellness.

Exercise Science Program Objectives:

At the close of their degree students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of functional anatomy and biomechanics of the human body.

2. Assess health status, conduct fitness testing, and based on assessed need, design, implement and administer exercise programs. Demonstrate an understanding of the physiological basis for exercise and physical activity.

3. Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of nutrition and the role of diet and exercise on body composition and weight control.

4. Recognize critical issues in the field of Exercise Science and produce potential solutions. Demonstrate an understanding of how these issues can be impacted by gender, physical adaptions and cultural differences.

5. Integrate Christian thought into the field of exercise science.

Social Work Program Mission Statement:

The Social Work Program will provide and coordinate a Christ-centered, liberal arts education for students, including preparation in social work from a Christian perspective, and training for lives of effective and redemptive service in a culturally diverse society and world. 

Social Work Program Objectives:

Upon completion of the Social Work program, students should be able to: 

  1. Identify with social work professionalism competencies.
  2. Understand, know, and demonstrate competency in the practice of social work values and ethics. 
  3. Develop skill and demonstrate competency in the application of critical thinking to inform and communicate professional social work judgments.
  4. Engage diversity and difference in the practice of social work.
  5. Advance local and international human rights and social and economic justice. 
  6. Engage in research-informed social work practice and practice-informed research. 
  7. Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.  
  8. Engage in policy practice to address social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services  
  9. Respond to contexts that shape social work practice. 
  10. Engage, assess, intervene and evaluate in the practice of social work.

The Greenville University Social Work Program is in the process of accreditation with the Council on Social Work Education. Please see the attached Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes for information on how the Social Work program is meeting or exceeding competency requirements.

Sport Management Program Mission Statement:

The Sport Management program strives to help undergraduate students integrate faith, communicate effectively, recognize critical issues in sport, and practice experiential learning.   

Sport Management Program Objectives:

At the close of their degree students should be able to:

1. Integrate Christian thought into the field of sport management.

2. Demonstrate effective interpersonal and mass communication for the purpose of effective leadership as a sport management professional.

3. Administer student experiential learning in the field of sport management.

4. Recognize critical issues in the field of sport management and produce potential solutions.  

Organizational Leadership Program Mission Statement:

The Organizational Leadership program strives to equip students with the knowledge and skills for servant leadership to the end that graduates may be influencers regardless of positions they occupy.

Organizational Leadership Program Objectives:

At the close of their degree students should be able to: 

  1. Describe the practices and skills necessary for effective leadership within an organization.
  1. Communicate with others in a manner that fosters greater understanding and support, promoting the flow of information and ideas. This will include developing or strengthening skills for effective written and oral communication. 
  1. Apply rational skills to the solution of a problem through analysis, defining objectives, considering alternatives, and recommending a course of action.
  1. Use analysis and critical thinking to articulate a worldview.
  1. Address the challenges and promote the advantages of organizational diversity.
  1. Utilize practical guidelines for making ethical decisions.
  1. Use self-reflection and self-analysis for the purpose of personal growth and understanding.
  1. Interpret the behavior of others within an organizational setting.
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