Siena College Learning Goals
As a learning community and liberal arts college grounded in its Franciscan and Catholic heritage, Siena affirms the following learning goals:
Learning Goal 1. Informed reasoning (Reason)
Students will think critically and creatively to make reasoned and informed judgments. Through engagement with contemporary and enduring questions of human concern, students will solve problems in ways that reflect the integration of knowledge across general and specialized studies, and they will demonstrate competence in information literacy and independent research.
Learning Goal 2. Effective communication (Rhetoric)
Students will read a variety of texts with comprehension and critical involvement, write effectively for a variety of purposes and audiences, speak knowledgeably, and listen with discernment and empathy.
Learning Goal 3. Meaningful reflection (Reflection)
Students will comprehend that learning is a life-long process and that personal growth, marked by concern and care for others, is enhanced by intellectual and spiritual exploration.
Learning Goal 4. Regard for human solidarity and diversity (Regard)
Students will affirm the unity of the human family, uphold the dignity of individuals, and delight in diversity. They will demonstrate intercultural knowledge and respect.
Learning Goal 5. Reverence for creation (Reverence)
Students will demonstrate a reverence for creation. They will develop a worldview that recognizes the benefits of sustaining our natural and social worlds.
Learning Goal 6. Moral responsibility (Responsibility)
Students will commit to building a world that is more just, peaceable, and humane. They will lead through service.
Approved by the Board of Instruction, November 18, 2008