Undergraduate Learning Outcomes for the Twenty-first Century

adopted by the Faculty Assembly on 12-4-14

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The College of St. Scholastica's Mission

Shaped by the Catholic Benedictine heritage, The College of St. Scholastica provides intellectual and moral preparation for responsible living and meaningful work.


The College of St. Scholastica is a Catholic academic institution in the Benedictine Tradition. We are shaped by the Benedictine principles of formative study, meaningful work, responsible living and daily prayer. The College of St. Scholastica embraces the fundamental principles of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition: reason and faith are equally valid and ultimately compatible; rational inquiry and the search for meaning are key values; the contributions of other perspectives are enriching. The College intentionally fosters a community of diverse voices, religions and philosophies. St. Scholastica students should reflect our distinctive identity and, as beneficiaries of the College's heritage, recognize their responsibilities to the academic community that nurtures them and to other communities in which they may contribute.

Students at St. Scholastica will:

  •  Articulate the ways they have experienced the Benedictine values while at the College
  •  Recognize the Catholic Intellectual Tradition and its role in their college experience
  •  Contend with academic issues where the tension between reason and faith is present
  •  Analyze critical questions of our time from the perspective of the College's Benedictine heritage and the Catholic Intellectual Tradition

Scope of Learning

The College of St. Scholastica is committed to preparing students broadly for their responsibilities as skilled and ethical working professionals, as engaged and informed citizens, and as individuals seeking to realize their full human potential. CSS students gain broad experience in liberal education, focused by engagement with meaningful questions, both contemporary and enduring. This occurs especially in the General Education Curriculum but also across other programs and experiences.

  • Through study and engagement in the sciences and mathematics, social sciences, humanities, languages, and the arts.

Intellectual and Foundational Skills

The College of St. Scholastica equips students with the intellectual and foundational skills that prepare them for responsible living and meaningful work. CSS students practice these skills extensively, throughout their experiences at the College, in the context of progressively more challenging problems, projects, and standards for performance.

Personal and Social Responsibility

As a Catholic Benedictine institution, The College of St. Scholastica prepares students to live and work in a diverse world and to live in justice and peace, consistent with Catholic Social Teaching, which calls us to live simply, sustainably, and in solidarity with all people. Anchored through active involvement with diverse communities and practical challenges, CSS students take on ever-increasing levels of responsibility for thinking about diversity and for understanding how our individual identities impact relationships.

Integrative and Applied Learning

In majors, minors, and other programs, students of The College of St. Scholastica direct a substantial portion of their effort toward excellence within a particular discipline. Additional ongoing experiences in the liberal arts and sciences prepares students for the challenges of the twenty-first century. CSS students demonstrate their application of knowledge, skills, and responsibilities to new settings and complex problems.