Baccalaureate Degree Profile

Marshall University is committed to providing students with opportunities to become reflective critical, creative, and ethical thinkers who possess the knowledge and skills to be successful in global society of the 21st Century. All students who complete a baccalaureate degree at Marshall University should be able to demonstrate the following competencies:

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Students will develop cohesive oral, written, and visual communications tailored
to specific audiences.
Students will outline multiple divergent solutions to a problem, develop and explore
risky or controversial ideas, and synthesize ideas/expertise to generate innovations.
Students will determine the origins of core beliefs and ethical principles,
evaluate the ethical basis of professional rules and standards of conduct,
evaluate how academic theories and public policy inform one another to
support civic well-being, and analyze complex ethical problems to address
competing interests.
Students will revise their search strategies and employ appropriate research tools,
integrate relevant information from reliable sources, question and evaluate the complexity
of the information environment, and use information in an ethical manner.
Students will formulate focused questions and hypotheses, evaluate existing knowledge,
collect and analyze data, and draw justifiable conclusions.
Students will make connections and transfer skills and learning among varied disciplines,
domains of thinking, experiences, and situations.
Students will evaluate generalizations about cultural groups,analyze how cultural groups
might affect communication across cultures, evaluate how specific approaches to global
issues will affect multiple cultural communities or political institutions, and untangle
competing economic, religious, social, political, or geographical interests of
cultural groups in conflict.
Students will evaluate the effectiveness of a project plan or strategy to determine the
degree of their improvement in knowledge and skills.
Students will analyze real-world problems quantitatively, formulate plausible estimates,
assess the validity of visual representations of quantitative information, and differentiate
valid from questionable statistical conclusions.

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