Institutional Outcomes

Pre-Decisional Information
  1. Students shall become proficient in one concentration area that has relevance to the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard services. (Specialized Knowledge and Applied Learning)
  2. Students shall understand the context of the Naval Services through the lenses of history, civil-military relations and current geopolitical trends. (Broad and Integrative Knowledge)
  3. Students shall demonstrate 21st Century skills inclusive of critical thinking, analytical reasoning, information literacy, data fluency, and teamwork. (Intellectual Skills and Collaborative Learning)
  4. Students shall demonstrate effective communications skills, inclusive of writing and verbal communications. (Intellectual Skills)
  5. Students shall demonstrate strong ethics and judgment in personal and professional environments, and through individual and team leadership. (Civic and Global Learning)
Category of Learning Reference Points at Associate Level
Specialized Knowledge
  • Describes the scope of the field of study, its core theories and practices, using field-related terminology, and offers a similar description of at least one related field.
  • Applies tools, technologies and methods common to the field of study to selected questions or problems.
  • Generates substantially error-free products, reconstructions, data, juried exhibits or performances appropriate to the field of study
Broad and Integrative Knowledge
  • Describes how existing knowledge or practice is advanced, tested and revised in each core field studied — e.g., disciplinary and interdisciplinary courses in the sciences, social sciences, humanities and arts.
  • Describes a key debate or problem relevant to each core field studied, explains the significance of the debate or problem to the wider society and shows how concepts from the core field can be used to address the selected debates or problems.
  • Uses recognized methods of each core field studied, including the gathering and evaluation of evidence, in the execution of analytical, practical or creative tasks.
  • Describes and evaluates the ways in which at least two fields of study define, address and interpret the importance for society of a problem in science, the arts, society, human services, economic life or technology.
Intellectual Skills
  • Identifies and frames a problem or question in selected areas of study and distinguishes among elements of ideas, concepts, theories or practical approaches to the problem or question.
  • Identifies, categorizes, evaluates and cites multiple information resources so as to create projects, papers or performances in either a specialized field of study or with respect to a general theme within the arts and sciences.
  • Describes how knowledge from different cultural perspectives might affect interpretations of prominent problems in politics, society, the arts and global relations.
  • Describes, explains and evaluates the sources of his/her own perspective on selected issues in culture, society, politics, the arts or global relations and compares that perspective with other views.
  • Describes the ethical issues present in personal and professional lives through the context of Naval Service and shows how ethical principles or frameworks help to inform decision making with respect to such problems.
  • Presents accurate interpretations of quantitative information on political, economic, health-related or technological topics and explains how both calculations and symbolic operations are used in those offerings.
  • Creates and explains graphs or other visual depictions of trends, relationships or changes in status.
  • Develops and presents cogent, coherent and substantially error-free writing for communication to general audiences, and in the context of communications within the Naval Services
  • Demonstrates effective interactive communication through discussion, i.e., by listening actively and responding constructively and through structured oral presentations to general and specialized audiences.
  • Negotiates with peers an action plan for a practical task and communicates the results of the negotiation either orally or in writing.
Applied and Collaborative Learning
  • Describes in writing at least one case in which knowledge and skills acquired in academic settings may be applied to a field-based challenge, and evaluates the learning gained from the application.
  • Analyzes at least one significant concept or method in the field of study in light of learning outside the classroom.
  • Locates, gathers and organizes evidence regarding a question in a field-based venue beyond formal academic study and offers alternate approaches to answering it.
  • Demonstrates the exercise of any practical skills crucial to the application of expertise.
Civic and Global Learning  
  • Describes his/her own civic and cultural background, including its origins and development, assumptions and predispositions.
  • Describes diverse positions, historical and contemporary, on selected democratic values or practices, and presents his or her own position on a specific problem where one or more of these values or practices are involved.
  • Provides evidence of participation in a community project through either a spoken or written narrative that identifies the civic issues encountered and personal insights gained from this experience.
  • Identifies an economic, environmental or public health challenge spanning countries, continents or cultures, presents evidence for the challenge, and takes a position on it.
For more information about the development of learning outcomes for the USNCC and for associate programs, please reference Learning Outcomes for Associate Programs.
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