Mission and Goals
The mission of Undergraduate Studies is to provide students the opportunity to earn baccalaureate-level degrees in designated majors, as well as to lay the foundation for progression into upper-division School of Health Sciences programs. In doing this, it emphasizes the pursuit of academic rigor and integrity, excellence in instruction, intellectual accomplishment, and research. The academic environment creates a collegial and cooperative learning community, respect for and appreciation of differing viewpoints, scholarship, and academic freedom.
Goals and Objectives
- Develop critical thinking and problem solving skills.
- Students will be able to obtain in-depth knowledge of issues in their major.
- Students will be able to apply knowledge of research to evaluate topics in their major.
- Students will be able to accurately assess their own analysis skills, respond appropriately to constructive criticism from others, and develop strategies for improvement.
- Students will be able to demonstrate critical decision-making skills and an open mindedness to alternative solutions through the use of case inquiry and problem solving.
- Enhance written and oral communication skills and information literacy.
- Students will be able to design and execute research under the direction of the faculty.
- Students will be able to explain and evaluate research.
- Students will be able to formulate written, computer and oral presentations.
- Students will be able to use research skills to obtain information from appropriate Internet sources.
- Provide the theoretical and applied expertise to select, use and analyze the methodologies available to synthesize and evaluate data.
- Students will be able to collect and interpret background information relevant to the assessment process from available sources.
- Students will be able to select, administer and /or adopt standardized measures.
- Students will be able to compare work with the highest known standards in the field.
- Graduates will be able to formulate and execute programs based upon their research and the new research being published in the field.
- Graduates will be able to monitor program changes to allow for continuing quality improvement.
- Provide the concepts and model the behaviors indicative of ethical practice within the profession.
- Students will be able to understand and apply ethical principles.
- Students will be able to defend the ethical standards, values and attitudes of the health care professional.