Mission, Goals & Objectives

Dominican University encourages its students to pursue truth, to give compassionate service and to participate in the creation of a more just and humane world.

Students in the School of Professional and Continuing Studies will . . .

be life-long competent social learners.

  • Students will be able to articulate an opinion based on a group discussion.
  • Students will be able to evaluate sources of information.
  • Students will be able to synthesize diverse sources of information

have a foundational knowledge base.

  • Students will be able to explain core concepts.
  • Students will be able to identify the ideas of key thinkers in the discipline.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate a basic competency in the liberal arts and sciences beyond their chosen field of study.

be able to apply their knowledge.

  • Students will be able to identify a practical application of a theoretical concept.
  • Students will be able to articulate an example of how a concept applies in their own lives.
  • Students will be able to create a real-world deliverable derived from course content.

be global citizens.

  • Students will be able to discuss the global implications of domestic policies.
  • Students will be able to compare and contrast different cultural practices.
  • Students will be able to articulate ways in which individual actions can have widespread consequences.

respect diversity.

  • Students will be able to explain viewpoints that differ from their own.
  • Students will be able to compare and contrast different cultural practices.
  • Students will be able to identify their own inherent biases.

have developed appropriate research and information literacy skills.

  • Students will be able to construct a plan for finding information.
  • Students will be able to critically evaluate sources of information.
  • Students will be able to synthesize diverse sources of information
  • Students will be able locate appropriate sources of information, particularly primary sources.

be able to communicate effectively.

  • Students will be able to write in a clear and professional manner.
  • Students will be able to adapt their communication style to the appropriate audience.
  • Students will be able to advance an argumentative thesis.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate respect when communicating with others.

have and live according to a sense of ethics.

  • Students will be able to identify ethical issues in real-life scenarios.
  • Students will be able to articulate the ethical bases for a particular course of action.
  • Students will be able to compare and contrast the ideas of major ethical thinkers.

embrace the Dominican mission.

  • Students will be able to articulate the importance of truth, justice and service.
  • Students will be able to explain how the Dominican mission relates to their own lives.
  • Students will be able to apply what they learn to further peace and justice in their communities.

have developed a sense of self-actualization.

  • Students will be able to restate the ideas of others.
  • Students will be able to cite examples of self-actualization in their own lives.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate self-confidence.
  • Students will be able to critique the perspective of others.
  • Students will be able to integrate skills learned outside and inside the classroom
  • Students will be able to devise strategies to overcome challenges.