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Silver Plan Core Objectives

  1. Effective Composition and Communication. Students will be able to compose written, oral, visual, and other forms of discourse for a variety of scholarly, professional, and creative purposes.
  2. Quantitative Reasoning. Students will be able to apply quantitative reasoning and statistical analysis methodologies to understand and solve problems.
  3. Critical Analysis and Use of Information. Students will be critical consumers of information, able to engage in systematic research processes, frame questions, read critically, and apply observational and experimental approaches to obtain information. These skills will include the ability to 1) employ systematic methods to search for, collect, organize, and evaluate information, 2) to critically evaluate the methods, context, findings or arguments that produced that information, and 3) formulate conclusions based on their own analysis of the information.
  4. Physical and Natural Phenomena. Students will be able to explain the processes by which the natural and physical worlds are investigated; articulate basic principles used to explain natural phenomena; and apply the scientific process to real problems using observational or experimental methods.
  5. History and Culture. Students will be able to understand the processes by which past and present societies have been created and perpetuated through their history, ideas, and cultural products. Students will engage both historical and contemporary cultural texts through critical reading, analysis, and interpretation in the context of culture, society, and individual identity.
  6. Cultures, Societies, and Individuals. Students will analyze social/human conditions by systematically studying individuals, groups, communities, and cultures. Students will interpret, model, observe, or experiment, as means of inquiring into human problems.
  7. Artistic Composition, Interpretation, and Expression. Students will apply techniques of critical analysis to study and interpret works of art, dance, music, and theater in the context of culture, society, and individual identity. Students also may cast their interpretation in the form of creative expression.
  8. Constitution. Students will become familiar with essential elements of the constitutions of the United States and Nevada, including historical origin and development, and application of constitutional principles in society.
  9. Science, Technology and Society. Students will be able to connect science and technology to real-world problems by analyzing scientific data related to a problem of societal concern; be able to discriminate between sound and unsound interpretation of data; employ cogent reasoning methods in their own examinations of problems and issues; and evaluate the applications of science and technology in societal contexts.
  10. Diversity and Equity. Students will develop a set of cognitive, affective, and behavioral skills and characteristics that support effective and appropriate interaction in a variety of contexts. Students will engage in modes of analysis attentive to considerations of diversity and equity.
  11. Global Contexts. Students will apply modes of academic inquiry, creative expression, or results of research to problems in historical and contemporary global contexts. Students will understand the connections among local, national, and international contexts, and evaluate the ways that historical and contemporary global influences affect their current local situations.
  12. Ethics. Students will evaluate the ethical principles in application of specialized knowledge, results of research, creative expression, or design processes. Students will demonstrate an ability to assess their own ethical values and the social context of problems, recognize ethical issues in a variety of settings, consider how ethical principles might be applied to ethical dilemmas and consider the ramifications of various actions.
  13. Integration & Synthesis. Students will be able to synthesize and transfer learning to new complex situations.
  14. Application. Students will be able to apply knowledge in both focused and broad interdisciplinary contexts.

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