The goal: Aesthetic engagement allows students to not only appreciate beauty in the world but to also make informed artistic and interpretive choices
within and outside of the arts.
Why it’s important: Mastering this ability allows students to discover and develop their own expressive voice, unique style and creative process.
They cultivate critical skills like creativity, innovation, collaboration, resiliency, empathy, work ethic and risk taking, all transferable to various career paths.
The goal: Students who master this skill are clear, critical and independent thinkers. They combine data, experience, reason and expertise to make and
Why it’s important: A keen ability to analyze situations allows our students to rely on their own thinking to negotiate their positions in the
world. They have the mental power to examine complex or ambiguous arguments, sorting fact from fiction and determining the best path forward.
The goal: Communicating effectively means integrating reading, writing, speaking and listening, as well as information technology, numeracy and
growing attention to neurodiversity to meet the demands of increasingly challenging communication scenarios.
Why it’s important: Our multi-dimensional approach makes our graduates agile communicators who bring an array of knowledge and skills to the
ever-changing challenges of communicating in today’s world. Students who master this highly valued career skill will have a leg up in the workforce.
DEVELOPING A GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE
The goal: Having a global perspective means understanding multiple viewpoints and taking into account the historical, political, economic, social and
cultural systems that influence those viewpoints. It’s knowing that we are all citizens of the Earth, and that decisions made in one part of the world have the potential to affect
events in another part of the world.
Why it’s important: Students who develop a global perspective will be able to navigate the world by making informed judgments and refining their own
ideas using views and values from diverse contexts, allowing them to work effectively with people from varied cultures and backgrounds.
The goal: The effective citizen is an informed participant in civic life, whether through volunteering, active engagement in voting and advocacy, or
everyday decisions in their personal and professional lives. Students learn how to identify, describe and assess issues that affect communities as well as how to develop their own action
Why it’s important: Service and caring for others are at the heart of Alverno’s Franciscan values, and our students share a belief in the
power of coming together to drive positive social change. Our graduates are equipped to contribute positively to their local, national and global communities.
The goal: Students will be able to define problems and utilize a range of abilities and resources to reach decisions, make recommendations or
implement action plans.
Why it’s important: Problem solving isn’t just focused on getting to an answer, but also in looking at the situation through different
lenses and paying attention to the ramifications for different stakeholders. Balancing the needs of everyone while finding a solution is a highly valued leadership skill.
The goal: Students will work well with others to achieve objectives, manage conflict and build relationships.They actively engage in one-on-one
communication and in small- and large-group discussion and effectively use conflict management skills.
Why it’s important: Social interaction has changed since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Much of the work that used to be done through group and
face-to-face interactions has shifted to online meetings and text messaging. The methods may have changed, but the ability to build relationships, deepen understanding, manage conflict and
reach decisions hasn’t.
VALUING IN DECISION MAKING
The goal: Taking a variety of perspectives and experiences into account is an important part of decision making. We want students to understand the moral
dimensions of their decisions and accept responsibility for any consequences in all facets of their life.
Why it’s important: The ability to understand your own values as well those of others transfers to all aspects of students’ personal and
professional lives. This ability builds self-awareness as well as empathy and a deeper understanding of humanity.