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Personal Development

Personal Development is the growth that students experience as they continue building their understanding of self and their relationships with others in new situations and environments.

Autonomy

Autonomy is the ability to carry out activities on one's own without needing the approval, reassurance, or affection of others.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

  • Students will identify strategies to live autonomously.
  • Students will increase their desire to live autonomously.
  • Students will increase their self-efficacy to successfully live autonomously.
  • Students will make a plan to act autonomously.
  • Students will carry out activities autonomously.
Critical Thinking

A habit of mind that exercises "logical interpretation, analysis, and evaluation" (Facione, 1990, p. 8) of evidence, situations, and theories to engage with individual and community problem solving and decision making.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

  • Students will identify the process and skills needed to successfully think critically.
  • Students will increase their self-efficacy to think critically.
  • Students will clearly explain the issue and relevant evidence, situations, and ideas.
  • Students will analyze the significance of relevant evidence, situations, and ideas.
  • Students will analyze the influence of their own and others' assumptions.
  • Students will express a logical conclusion.
Reflective Thinking

A process of internally interpreting, analyzing, and evaluating a belief or assumption, prompted by an experience, which "creates and clarifies meaning in terms of self" (Boyd & Fales, 1983, p. 100).

Measurable Learning Outcomes

  • Students will identify the process and skills needed to successfully think reflectively.
  • Students will increase their self-efficacy to think reflectively.
  • Students will clearly explain the personal belief or assumption for which to reflect upon.
  • Students will analyze the alignment of personal beliefs and assumptions alongside relevant evidence, situations, and ideas.
  • Students will create and clarify meaning in terms of self.
Problem Solving

A cognitive process of designing, evaluating, and implementing a strategy to navigate a challenge and achieve a goal through the application of skills, knowledge of a situation or environment, and critical and reflective thinking.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

  • Students will identify the process and skills needed to successfully solve problems.
  • Students will increase their self-efficacy to successfully solve problems.
  • Students will define the problem and set priorities to solve the problem.
  • Students will design and evaluate multiple strategies to solve the problem, while considering the situation and environment.
  • Students will implement the chosen strategy in a manner that addresses the multiple contextual factors of the problem.
  • Students will reflect upon the outcomes and identify areas of need for further work.
Decision Making

A cognitive process directed at reaching a conclusion that aligns with personal views, attitudes, values, and preferences by examining available information and leveraging critical and reflective thinking.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

  • Students will identify the process and skills needed to make decisions.
  • Students will increase their self-efficacy to make decisions.
  • Students will define the decision needed and identify alternative options.
  • Students will evaluate alternative options for their decision, while considering their personal views, attitudes, values and preferences alongside available information.
  • Students will make a decision considering their personal views, attitudes, values, and preferences and available information.
  • Students will reflect upon their decision making process to inform future decision making.
Help-Seeking

Help seeking is the process of looking for resources for information or strategies that will assist in working through a challenge or task.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

  • Students will identify the process for successfully seeking help.
  • Students will increase their desire to seek help despite barriers.
  • Students will articulate the personal challenge or task that would benefit from help.
  • Students will identify and evaluate resources that can help address a personal challenge or task
  • Students will seek help despite barriers.
  • Students will utilize help despite barriers.
Leadership Development

Continuously expanding an individual's capacity to engage in the process of leadership, which includes leadership capacity, leadership efficacy, leadership motivation, and leadership enactment.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

  • Students will increase their knowledge of leadership perspectives and concepts for effectively engaging in leadership.
  • Students will increase their knowledge of skills required for effectively engaging in leadership.
  • Students will increase self-efficacy to engage in leadership within multiple contexts and roles.
  • Students will increase their desire to engage in leadership.
  • Students will increase their persistence to engage in leadership.
  • Students will improve their effective engagement in leadership.
Personal Identity

This definition and learning outcomes are currently being developed by the Division's Personal Development Assessment Fellows.

Resilience

An ongoing process of using coping skillsA, goal-setting skillsB and help-seeking skillsC to respond well to adversity and ultimately thrive.

A Coping Skills

Coping skills are learned and honed strategies that reduce the "physical, emotional, and psychological burden that is linked to stressful life events and daily hassles" (Snyder & Dinoff, 1999, p. 5).

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes are currently being developed by the Division's Personal Development Assessment Fellows.

B Goal Setting

A definition and learning outcomes for Goal Setting are currently being developed by the Division's Personal Development Assessment Fellows.