Goals for Student Learning
Intrapersonal and Interpersonal Competence
Intrapersonal and interpersonal competence includes identifying one’s talents, traits, goals, and values, and understanding how one’s personal characteristics affect perceptions of and interactions with others. Self-awareness, effective communication skills, and knowledge of group dynamics are essential to productive collaboration, conflict resolution, and the attainment of personal and professional goals.
Reasoned and Ethical Decision-making
Reasoned and ethical decision-making is characterized by an awareness of personal and group values, the consideration of multiple perspectives, and the realization that a single action may affect the larger community. This competency includes the ability to articulate the rationale for one’s behavior, the willingness to assume responsibility for personal conduct, and the maturity to respond appropriately to conflict.
Personal well-being includes identifying one’s emotional, physical, and spiritual needs. These needs are fulfilled by making safe and healthy choices that demonstrate an awareness and concern for the welfare of others.
Campus involvement is engagement beyond the classroom, exploring special interests, celebrating milestones, participating in positive campus traditions, and finding a place within the greater College community. Participation in student organizations, college events, and programs strengthens connections among students, builds a sense of community spirit, and produces lifelong memories. It includes seizing opportunities for experiences that provide leadership skills practice.
Creativity and Appreciation of Artistic and Intellectual Expression
The visual and performing arts expose us to new ways of thinking and experiencing the world, including the appreciation of how cultures are expressed, how human beings communicate, and how solutions to problems may be achieved in unconventional ways. In addition to cultivating one’s artistic abilities, appreciation of the arts also can be achieved through valuing and supporting the creative expressions of others.
Multicultural competence refers to the development of the knowledge, awareness, and skills that enable positive interactions with others, regardless of differences of race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnic background, class, etc. This competence includes an awareness of the impact of cultural heritage on worldviews, values, and assumptions, and encourages a celebration of individual differences.
Student Leadership and Involvement
Student Leadership and Involvement promotes a diverse and active lifestyle for Lafayette students. Check out the variety of programs and events available for the entire campus community.
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- A Memorable Night May 24, 2015By Ryan Dodds ’15 The Economics Department and the Policy Studies Program joined together to offer the class Industry, Strategy, and Policy. This course is designed to analyze the major factors that shape the performance and profitability of organizations and industries. This is accomplished through a group project. Each student is assigned to a group […]Ryan Dodds
- Why Not? May 22, 2015By Chelsea Cutino ’15 Here at Lafayette we have a saying roughly equivalent to the popular phrase “YOLO” (You only live once). It’s called “cur non” and translates to “why not?” All joking aside, though, cur non conveys the adventurous, ambitious spirit of the school’s founder, the Marquis de Lafayette, and it is this sort […]Chelsea Cutino
- ¡Hasta Luego España! May 20, 2015My last final was on Wednesday, the 13th. I remember feeling relieved when I turned it in as I normally do at the end of final exams – it’s a good feeling to have zero academic responsibilities after the stress of studying for finals. However, as soon as I walked out the classroom door, it […]Scott Paulis
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