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Leadership and Change Skills

Leadership and Change Competencies
We have designed a way to credential the intellectual, practical, and social skills that employers demand. We call these lifelong learning skills The Big 10. These skills aren’t an add-on or byproduct of the curriculum—they are the curriculum.
Our graduates are skilled at:

Intercultural Engagement       
  • Understands own cultural identity.
  • Demonstrates openness to others.
  • Considers multiple worldviews.
  • Challenges cultural misperceptions.

Critical Thinking
  • Accesses, analyzes, and connects information, considering its relationship to context and evidence.
  • Identifies and considers the influence of bias and others’ assumptions.
  • Develops an informed and effective position based on relevant criteria.
  • Reconstructs one’s beliefs on the basis of wider experience.

Problem Solving
  • Identifies and defines the problem.
  • Asks the right questions.
  • Identifies strategies for solving the problem.
  • Proposes, evaluates and selects from among alternative solutions.
  • Implements solution.
  • Evaluates outcomes.

Communication (Written, Oral, Visual)
  • Uses knowledge of audience and context to shape communication.
  • Articulates and defends a compelling controlling idea clearly and effectively.
  • Uses sources and evidence effectively.
  • Demonstrates control over organization, voice, word choice, and conventions of English.
  • Demonstrates personal responsibility—acknowledges and corrects mistakes.
  • Practices integrity – walks their talk.
  • Effectively prioritizes and manages life and learning goals.
  • Is accountable for deadlines, results, and end products.
  • Seeks feedback and is open to constructive criticism.
  • Demonstrates preparedness.
  • Is punctual and honors meeting commitments.

  • Engages effectively with the members of his/her Personal Learning Network.
  • Ensures contributions of self and others.
  • Objectively listens to dissent and alternate points of view, engaging in dialogue rather than debate.
  • Negotiates and manages conflict.
  • Offers and receives constructive criticism.
  • Demonstrates imagination and innovative thinking, suggesting new solutions to old problems.
  • Takes risks.
  • Demonstrates fluency and flexibility in brainstorming.
  • Embraces contradictions.

  • Connects learning experiences and growth, acknowledging and articulating changed perspectives.
  • Engages in honest self-appraisal, analyzing performance with the goal of improving.
  • Displays curiosity.
  • Manages impulsivity.

  • Persists in finding necessary resources to accomplish goals.
  • Demonstrates flexibility and adapts readily to change.
  • Develops and accesses a system of supports.
  • Breaks an initially complex task into manageable steps.
  • Uses humor to maintain perspective.
  • Enjoys learning.

Advocacy for Self and Others
  • Makes own decisions about short and long term plans.
  • Practices assertive communication.
  • Actively engages in multiple communities.
  • Works for positive change.