Statement on Undergraduate General Education
Last updated: 1/25/2011
Philosophy of General Education
The Doane Experience is an immersive, collaborative environment, a community of students,
faculty, and staff, that inspires students to take responsibility for their ongoing academic and
personal growth. It is a defining experience that serves as a catalyst for students to develop
intellectual skills, to build connections among diverse sources of knowledge, and to adapt their
liberal education to serve and to lead at all levels of social, civic, and professional citizenship.
Essential Student Learning Outcomes
1. Develop crucial intellectual skills. Students will learn to:
engage in discovery;
assemble and evaluate facts and assumptions;
support conclusions with relevant evidence; and
practice effective communication.
2. Build connections of knowledge across various disciplines. Students will learn to:
synthesize knowledge across general and specialized studies;
develop creative insights and expressions; and
apply and integrate knowledge collaboratively to solve complex problems.
3. Adapt their liberal education to serve and to lead at all levels of citizenship. Students will
create a refined, empathetic understanding of a multifaceted world;
orient their own ethical compasses to act accordingly; and
engage with people of varying perspectives to build just societies.