Mar 21, 2019  
2018-19 Bulletin 
    
2018-19 Bulletin

Signature Learning


Chair:  Andrew Carlson


 

Capital University is committed to the liberal education that readies the student for every arena of life.  Liberal education develops intellectual skills, expands the breadth of learning through exploration of several modes of inquiry, and challenge students to examine foundational ethical and cultural assumptions. It enables students to think critically and reflect on vocation, citizenship, service, and religious and ethical commitments.

The Capital curriculum is structured around Program Learning Outcomes that are delivered through majors, minors, foundational courses, and co-curricular experiences. 

Signature Learning Outcomes:


The 7 Program Learning Outcomes:

  • Represent what students are able to do at the conclusion of a program.
  • Are broader than course and co-curricular outcomes
  • Are achieved as the culmination of multiple course and co-curricular activities.

The 19 Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Are attained through course and/or co-curricular assignments and activities.
  • Are developed across curricular and co-curricular activities with a progression to introductory, intermediate, and advanced assignments.

 

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)
Students Learning Outcomes (SLOs) That Lead to the PLOs
Courses and Activities That Help Students Achieve the PLOs

Students apply the skills of a liberally educated person to investigate problems and questions.

  • SLO 1: Students identify and reflect on physical, intellectual, emotional and social components of the life transitions.
  • SLO 2: Students articulate and apply the skills of a liberal education.
  • SLO 3: Students apply strategies to critically evaluate, process, and synthesize information.
  • SLO 4: Students produce an artifact or work that analyzes a significant issue, in participation with social and academic information communities, from multiple perspectives.
  • SLO 5: Students engage in reflective discovery of information (identifying gaps, conflicts, or areas of exploration), formulate questions, and employ resources for scholarship.
  • Required First-Year Seminar Class
  • Major Classes
  • Capstone Experiences and Classes
  • Community-Engaged Learning Experiences
  • Internship and Field Experience
  • Undergraduate Research 
Students explain how their choices affect goal achievement across a variety of domains (e.g., professional and personal relationships, finances, mental and physical health,etc.)
  • SLO 1: Students identify and reflect on physical, intellectual, emotional and social components of life transitions.
  • SLO 2: Students articulate and apply the skills of a liberal education.
  • Co-curricular Experiences
  • Community-Engaged Learning

Students interact knowledgeably and ethically with people and ideas from many cultures, religions, and identities.

  • SLO 6: Students demonstrate communication competence across multiple settings.
  • SLO 7: Students evaluate and apply moral frameworks in personal, communal, and global contexts, including sources of prejudice and discrimination.
  • SLO 8: Students identify and evaluate physical, cultural, and religious / spiritual dimensions of the contemporary world.
  • Required Oral Communication Class
  • Required Religion Class
  • Required Ethical Though Class
  • Classes Focus on Cultural Pluralism
  • Classes Focusing on Global Relationships
  • Co-curricular Experiences
  • Community-Engaged Learning Experiences
  • Study Abroad / Study Away
Students speak, write, read, and listen effectively.
  • SLO 3: Students apply strategies to critically evaluate, process, and synthesize information.
  • SLO 6: Students demonstrate effective presentation skills across multiple modes of communication.
  • SLO 9: Students engage in multiple modes of communication as a process to produce artifacts for a variety of audiences.
  • SLO 10: Students demonstrate communication competence across multiple settings.
  • SLO 11: Students identify and demonstrate the ethical and legal implications of communicating information content.
  • Required First-Year Seminar Class
  • Required Reading and Writing Classes
  • Required Oral Communication Class
  • Major Classes
  • Capstone Experiences and Classes
  • Community-Engaged Learning Experiences
  • Undergraduate Research
Students analyze, contextualize, and engage with human cultures.
  • SLO 7: Students evaluate and apply moral frameworks in personal, communal, and global contexts, including sources of prejudice and discrimination.
  • SLO 8: Students identify and evaluate physical, cultural, and religious / spiritual dimensions of the contemporary world.
  • SLO 10: Students demonstrate communication competence across multiple settings.
  • SLO 12: Students explore the arts and humanities analytically, theoretically, contextually and/or performatively.
  • SLO 13: Students analyze critically religious/spiritual dimensions of cultural artifacts, texts, and phenomena, including those of Abrahamic traditions/religions
  • Required Fine Arts Class
  • Required Social Science Class
  • Required Humanities Class
  • Required Religion Class
  • Required Ethical Thought Class
  • Classes Focusing on Cultural Pluralism
  • Classes Focusing on Global Relationships
  • Major Classes 
  • Co-curricular Experiences
  • Community-Engaged Learning Experiences
  • Internship and Field Experiences
  • Study Abroad / Study Away
Students access, evaluate, interpret, and produce quantitative and qualitative information to solve problems.
  • SLO 14: Students apply appropriate quantitative tools to evaluate data, draw conclusions and solve problems.
  • SLO 15: Students identify the gaps in information and limits in quantitative and qualitative data and methods.
  • Required Quantitative Reasoning Class
  • Required Social Science Class
  • Required Natural Science Laboratory Class
  • Major Classes
  • Community-Engaged Classes
Students articulate basic principles, methods, and societal effects of natural and social sciences.
  • SLO 3: Students apply strategies to critically evaluate, process, and synthesize information.
  • SLO 14: Students apply appropriate quantitative tools to evaluate data, draw conclusions and solve problems.
  • SLO 15: Students identify the gaps in information and limits in quantitative and qualitative data and methods.
  • SLO 16: Students explain at least two contemporary theories or paradigms of modern science.
  • SLO 17: Students apply knowledge from sciences to contemporary issues.
  • SLO 18: Students use inquiry-based laboratory methods to test research questions.
  • SLO 19: Students define fundamental principles, concepts, and terminology and identify methods of inquiry used in at least one social science.
  • Required Quantitative Reasoning Class
  • Required Social Science Class
  • Required Natural Science and Society Class
  • Required Natural Science Laboratory Class
  • Capstone Experiences and Classes
  • Community-Engaged Research
  • Undergraduate Research

Pathways:

The Signature Learning curriculum mapped below includes course requirements, sequences, and options. Some course options are University Core courses (UC) and other course options are offered within majors. For example, students majoring in mathematics meet the Quantitative Reasoning requirement and satisfy a major requirement by completing Calculus I.

In This  Year
Students Take a Required Course In:
These are the Course Options that    Fulfill the Corresponding Course Requirement:

First

First Year Seminar

First

Reading and Writing

ACT English 28 or higher 

Students with an English ACT of 28 or higher, or a SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing of 640, are waived from the Reading and Writing requirement.

Course Requirement:  Waived

ACT English 25-27:

Students with an English ACT of 25-27 or higher, or a SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing of 560-640 can take UC 110 or ENGL 111.

Course Requirement:  UC 110 Reading and Writing in College  or ENGL 111 Academic Composition  

ACT English 19-24:

Students with an English ACT of 19-24 or a SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing of 461-560 are expected to take ENGL 111 

Course Requirement: Recommended ENGL 111 Academic Composition  

ACT English 18:

Students with an English ACT of 18 or a SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing of 440-460 must take ENGL 111, cannot take UC 110 nor should they take ENGL 100.

Course Requirement: Must take ENGL 111 Academic Composition  

ACT English 17 or below

Students with an English ACT lower than 18 or a  SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing lower than 440 are required to take ENGL 100: Basic Writing prior to UC 110 or ENGL 111. These students should enroll in ENGL 100 and UC 120 in the Fall Term of their first year, followed by UC 110 or ENGL 111 in the Spring Term of their first year.

Course Requirement: ENGL 100 Basic Writing 

 

First

Oral Communication

Do not take in the same semester as    UC 110 / ENGL 111

First

Quantitative Reasoning

First

Global Awareness

Second

Cultural Pluralism

Second

Religion

Second Fine Arts
Second Social Sciences
Second

Natural Science and Society

Students must take a minimum of SIX (6) credit hours of Natural Science course (the combination of the Natural Science and Society requirement and the Laboratory Science Requirement).

Second

Natural Science Laboratory

Students must take a minimum of SIX (6) credit hours of Natural Science courses (the combination of the Natural Science and Society requirement and the Laboratory Science requirement).

Third Humanities
Fourth Ethical Thought

 

Ways of Fulfilling some Signature Learning Requirements:


Transfer Work


Students also can fulfill some Signature Learning requirements via transfer course work. Capital University has equivalency guides with many Ohio colleges and universities. Courses transferred to Capital University that align with the transfer agreements will automatically be taken as having met the appropriate requirement.  Please, note that some courses listed in the equivalency guides require the submission of a syllabus for acceptance. The articulation agreement is available on the Capital University Web site (http://www.capital.edu/transferring-college-credit/).

Students can be waived from First Year Seminar requirements if they have completed 31 credit hours of study on a college campus.

Coursework that is not specified in the equivalency guides may sometimes be used to meet a Signature Learning requirement, subject to review of the course syllabus. Transfer students may combined several courses from several different prior universities to petition for a substitution. Please, use the General Education Waiver form to petition for this kind of substitution.  Attach all syllabi to the General Education Waiver form, and submit the petition to the Academic Success Office. Petitions submitted after April 15 may not be processed until the next academic year.  All petitions for transferred couse work should be submitted prior to the last semester before graduation.  Transfer students with completed baccalaureate and/or master’s degrees from regionally accredited colleges or universities are waived from the Capital University Signature Learning requirements effective  fall term 2004. Students who earn an associate degree from a regionally accredited institution and complete the General Education requirements outlined in the Ohio Transfer Module* are presumed to have met Capital University’s Signature Learning requirements with the exception of the required courses for Religion and Ethical Thought.

 

*The Ohio Transfer Module contains 54-60 quarter hours or 36-40 semester hours of course credit in English composition (minimum 5-6 quarter hours or 3 semester hours); mathematics, statistics and formal/symbolic logic (minimum of 3 quarter hours or 3 semester hours); arts/humanities (minimum 9 quarter hours or 6 semester hours); social and behavioral sciences (minimum of 9 quarter hours or 6 semester hours); and natural sciences (minimum 9 quarter hours or 6 semester hours). Oral communication and interdisciplinary areas may be included as additional options. Additional elective hours from among these areas make up the total hours for a completed Transfer Module. Courses for the Transfer Module should be 100- and 200-level General Education courses commonly completed in the first two years of a student’s residency. Students completing a technical associate degree may complete the transfer module, but will likely have to take additional General Education courses beyond those required for the applied associate degree. Alternatively, students may transfer individual transfer module courses without completing the entire module (http://regents.ohio.gov/transfer/policy/transfer_policy_d2aa.php).

Course Curriculum


Successful completion of University Core courses (UC) are taken as meeting these goals. Some Goals also have Cognate courses that have also been determined to meet the requirements of these Goals.

Assessment Testing


Students may demonstrate that they already possess the knowledge or skills delineated by a Goal. Assessment procedures are available for each General Education goal. Students who are interested in this option should contact Academic Success at http://www.capital.edu/Academic-Success/ or 614-236-6327 prior to enrolling in a course that has been approved to satisfy that particular General Education requirement. A waiver indicates that the requirements for a GE Goal have been met and no further courses are needed. Receiving a waiver is not the same as receiving credit for a course. Students should not schedule a GE course until after the waiver process for that General Education requirement is completed. Normally students can attempt to waive a General Education requirement only once.

- Automatic Waivers


Students may receive automatic waivers for General Education Goal Reading and Writing and Quantitative Reasoning based on ACT or SAT test scores.

Reading & Writing Skills

Quantitative Reasoning

  ACT English 28 minimum

   ACT Math 28 minimum

  

  SAT Evidence-Based Reading

  and Writing (SAT EBRW)

 

  SAT EBRW - 640 minimum

 

   SAT Math - 700 minimum

 

 

                       (March, 2016 and after)

 

There is no fee for an automatic waiver.

- Assessment Testing Process


Students will have to complete either: (A) a test developed by Capital Faculty; (B) the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) test (CLEP Examinations 2018-19 , CLEP Testing Center ); or (C) an assessment interview with a faculty member (Contact the Student Success office or the appropriate department chair for detailed information regarding this option.) 

- Fees and Credit


Fees must be paid at the time a waiver test is attempted. Credit is not awarded for the A or C waiver process. However, three semester hours of credit is awarded for each CLEP test successfully passed. Credit will be granted in accordance with the policy in effect at the time the exam is administered. All test fees costs, and all fees are subject to change. CLEP Testing availability and related costs must be confirmed with each CLEP Testing Center .

Portfolio Submitted to UCAP


Students may demonstrate that they have acquired the skills or knowledge delineated in a General Education requirement through work or life experience. A student, for example, who has lived abroad for a period may wish to demonstrate that this experience has provided him/her with the knowledge and skills delineated by the Global Awareness requirement. Students complete this by assembling all the materials relevant to be evaluated by a faculty panel assembled for such purposes. More information regarding UCAP can be obtained at Academic Success http://www.capital.edu/Academic-Success/. (See the Undergraduate Academic Policies, Regulations and General Information section for more information.)

International Students.


International students with transfer credit from an international institution will be waived from the General Education Global Awareness requirement.