Real-World Skills

Through research experiences and applied learning, students develop the following real-world skills:

  • Critical thinking/ problem solving: Identifies important problems and questions and gathers, analyzes, evaluates information from a variety of sources before forming a strategy, decision, or opinion.

  • Research ability: Accesses and evaluates multiple sources of information, including text and images, and synthesizes information to solve problems and create new insights.

  • Oral, written, & digital communication: Conveys meaning and responds to needs of diverse audiences through writing and speaking coherently and effectively, and develops the expression of ideas throughwritten, oral and digital mediums.

  • Teamwork/ cross-cultural collaboration: Works withand seeks involvement from people and entities with diverse experiences towards a common goal, demonstrating strong interpersonal skills, respect, and dignity for others.

  • Understanding global context: Demonstratesan understanding of complex global issues and systems, and how issues and actions have local and global implications for the future.

  • Leadership: Takes initiative, demonstrates effective decision making and informed risk taking, and motivates and encourages participation from others to work towards a shared purpose and vision.

  • Professionalism/ integrity: Demonstrates integrity, honesty, dependability and ethical responsibility, and accepts direction and personal accountability.

  • Self-reflection: Assesses, articulates, and acknowledges personal skills and abilities, and learns from past experiences and feedback to gain new insights and understandings.

  • Career development: Accesses information and opportunities for career exploration, and understands and articulates the importance of transferable skills in the job search process.

  • Digital information fluency: Demonstrates technological literacy and skills, and ethically and effectively uses technology to communicate, problem-solve, and complete tasks.

  • Civic engagement/ social responsibility: Participates in service/ volunteer activities characterized by reciprocity, engages in critical reflection, and appropriately challenges unfair and unjust behavior to make a positive difference in the community.

  • Innovation/ entrepreneurial thinking: Synthesizes existing ideas and concepts in innovative and creative ways to develop new ways of thinking or working, and engages in divergent thinking and risk taking.