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Fort Hays State University
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Brad Will, Director of Liberal Education
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Bloom's Revised Taxonomy


The Liberal Education Committee recognizes that different disciplines use terms like "goals," "objectives," and "outcomes" in different ways. Recognizing that it is not possible for us to accommodate all the disciplinary preferences, we collectively decided, for purposes of the liberal education program at FHSU, to use the terms as follows:

Goals = broad statements about general aims of education

Objectives = brief, clear statements describing intended effects of instruction

Outcomes = specific, measurable results that demonstrate student learning

Liberal Education Committee: Work to date on Revision of Liberal Education Program

Working draft of Program Goals and Objectives (as of October 2016)



Objective 1.1: Written and oral communication

Students will effectively develop, express, and exchange ideas in the English language, both in writing and speaking, with clarity and coherence.

Objective 1.2: Quantitative literacy

Students will recognize quantitative relationships, use multiple approaches to analyze these relationships, and apply knowledge of these relationships to solve practical problems.

Objective 1.3: Technology literacy

Students will effectively and responsibly use appropriate technology for communication, scholarship, and problem-solving.

Objective 1.4: Information literacy

Students will effectively and responsibly gather, evaluate, and use information for scholarship and problem-solving.

Objective 1.5: Critical thinking

Students will explore issues, ideas, artifacts, and events before accepting or formulating an opinion or conclusion. Students will recognize, analyze, criticize, evaluate, and formulate arguments in ways characterized by intellectual courage.


Objective 2.1: Knowledge of the liberal arts

Students will possess a broad understanding of the world, having studied the humanities, mathematics, the natural sciences, and the social and behavioral sciences, and the ways of knowing characteristic of these disciplines

Objective 2.2: Integrative and cross-disciplinary thinking

Students will make connections among ideas and experiences, synthesizing and transferring learning from different disciplines.

Objective 2.3: Synthesis with the major

Students will make connections between the specialized knowledge and skills of their major and other fields of study.



Objective 3.1: Personal and professional efficacy

Students will understand the consequences of choices in their personal and professional lives and possess knowledge necessary for the management of health, time, money, natural resources, and human relationships.

Objective 3.2: Intercultural competence

Students will understand their own and others' cultures and possess skills necessary to engage constructively with people across a range of races, ethnicities, genders, identities, abilities, histories, religions, traditions, and languages.

Objective 3.3: Ethical judgment

Students will recognize situations where reasonable, well-informed people disagree about what the right thing to do is; explain the underlying values that are in apparent tension, bringing to bear relevant ethical principles and approaches; and make intelligent decisions as a result.

Objective 3.4: Engaged global citizen leaders

Students will appreciate the world's complexity; the interdependence of natural, social, economic, and political factors; and the deep challenges that can arise both on a local and global scale. Students will possess the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to engage civically and work in cooperation with others toward creative responses to these challenges.


Liberal Education Goals and Objectives (As approved by Faculty Senate, April 4, 2016)

Writing Learning Outcomes (working draft adopted by Liberal Education Committee, May 2, 2017)

Liberal Education Committee: 2015 Learning Objectives Survey

December 2015 Learning Objectives Survey Results

Liberal Education Committee Survey Report (qualitative study of open-ended question responses)

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