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Student Learning Outcomes

All of our academic programs have determined student learning outcomes (SLOs) that clearly state the expected knowledge, skills, attitudes, competencies, and habits of mind that our students are expected to acquire from their educational experiences.

General Education (Liberal Studies)

As an institution, we have identified eight student learning objectives and outcomes we expect all WCU students to acheive upon completion of our General Studies (Liberal Studies) Curriculum. These themes include: Inquiry, Information Literacy, Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Means of Expression, Awareness of Self, Awareness of Cultural Diversity, and Awareness of Impact.

By Academic College

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College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences provides students with a liberal arts foundation where they are taught to think critically, grow academically, and communicate effectively. The college prepares students to be intellectually, socially, culturally, and professionally engaged citizens and leaders who contribute to and promote the sustainability of local and global communities.

College of Business

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The College of Business is a leader among schools of business in graduating baccalaureate and master’s degree students primarily from the lower Appalachians and the Carolina Piedmont who are Business Ready® to meet the needs of industries, markets, and institutions.

College of Education and Allied Professions

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The College of Education and Allied Professions is home to WCU's leading programs in teacher education as well as numerous programs in human services such as Counseling, Parks and Recreation Management, Human Resources and Educational Leadership. This college provides extensive opportunities for hands-on learning through field experiences, outreach projects, research and professional mentorship.

David Orr Belcher College of Fine and Performing Arts

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The College of Fine and Performing Arts brings together the traditions and resources of the region with the talent of our students to serve the entire region. The college combines training with performance, community engagement and business and entrepreneurship skills to prepare musicians, actors, writers, film makers, directors, visual artists and designers for diverse careers in the art, film and performance industries. 

College of Health and Human Sciences

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The College of Health and Human Sciences serves students and communities through an active learning environment that uses inter-professional collaboration and scholarship to develop healthcare professionals skilled in patient-centered care, evidence-based practice, quality improvement, innovative technology, and community engagement.

College of Engineering and Technology

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The College of Engineering and Technology houses programs in engineering, technology and construction management. The college fulfills its academic missions through teaching and learning, scholarship and discovery, and service and engagement.

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