We call them the Habits of Mind.
Ability to actively and skillfully conceptualize, apply, analyze, synthesize, and/or evaluate information. Involves identifying validity of offered facts and sources, and reading critically.
Ability to conceptualize the various pieces of a challenge, and to develop a process to use relevant resources to reach solutions that work within the given context.
Motivation to build on learned material to uncover additional understanding. Involves the ability and drive to ask incisive questions and the skills to pursue relevant research to gain new insights.
Ability to recognize failures as learning opportunities and to dig in deeper when challenges become hard. Involves committing to a work ethic when under pressure, developing strategies to push forward, and doing both with honor and integrity.
Ability to express articulately a range of ideas and emotions through verbal and written form. Involves identifying best methods for various topics and situations and knowing when and where to voice thoughts.
Ability to organize thoughts and to develop cogent and persuasive evidence-based arguments. Involves ability to research relevant facts.
Ability to work together with various sized groups to achieve a common goal. Involves awareness how to best use each individual’s talents.
Ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, and patterns, to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, and interpretations. Involves looking at problems from novel perspectives and developing innovative responses/solutions.
Belief in one’s own ability to make sense of the world and to reach chosen or designated goals. Involves possessing enough knowledge of content and context and knowing how to operate within both.
Ability to recognize the situations others are experiencing and how they perceive the world because of it. Involves a desire to assuage existing suffering.
Ability to harness and to manage both personal emotions and the emotions of others in a group to produce positive outcome.
Ability to understand and to appreciate how people from different cultures speak, communicate, and perceive the world around them.
Sense of Service
Motivation to recognize the role we can (and must) play by giving of ourselves and of our talents to make a positive difference in the world around us.
Computing/ Technological Savvy
Ability to learn and to use academic technology strategically. Involves comfortability with programming logic and widely used generic programs like Google Docs/Excel and presentation/webinar technology.