First-Year Experience
Georgia Southern University

Student Learning Outcomes

Outcomes Starting Summer 2018

Students will . . .

1. Develop and apply information literacy skills in academic and non-academic contexts by:

  • Determining the nature and extent of information needed to answer a question, explore a topic, solve a problem, and/or complete a project.
  • Identifying and accessing sources for their informational need.
  • Critically evaluating information for its currency, relevancy, authority, accuracy, and purpose.
  • Applying ethical standards in their use of information.

2. Engage with their degree program, campus resources, and community by:

  • Creating a realistic plan for meeting degree expectations that aligns with their personal goals.
  • Reflecting upon the extent to which campus engagement helps them reach goals and/or overcome personal challenges.
  • Examining the effectiveness of their communication and interactions with members of the university community.
Outcomes Prior to Summer 2018

Versions of the outcomes in both third person and second person are linked here.  The second person format is provided as an option for faculty to use on their syllabi.

Seminar outcomes

Students will . . .

S1: Critically evaluate print and electronic information for its currency, relevancy, authority, accuracy and purpose.

S2. Identify and access appropriate sources for their academic research needs.

S3: Explain the academic integrity provisions of the Student Conduct Code and consider their own ethical responsibilities within and beyond the university community.

Extended Orientation outcomes

Students will . . .

EO1: Examine what they value, set goals for college aligned with those values, and make concrete plans for achieving their goals. In order to achieve this larger outcome, students will

  1. Describe why they are in college and what they think college will be like, and compare these things to the expectations of the university community.
  2. Explain behaviors that influence their academic and personal success.
  3. Describe expectations of their degree program and develop a realistic plan for achieving their academic goals.
  4. Examine challenges to achieving their goals (management of time, finances and other circumstances) and develop a plan to overcome personal challenges.

EO2: Locate Georgia Southern resources and services necessary for their academic and personal success.

Last updated: 12/12/2017

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