Graduation Competencies

In 1987 the Faculty Senate adopted a list of expected graduating competencies for undergraduate students. Undergraduate and graduate competencies were adopted in November 1994. Both sets of competencies were reviewed, revised, and adopted by the Faculty Senate in 2010.

Undergraduate Educational Values and Competencies

Graduate Educational Values and Competencies


Undergraduate Educational Values

In keeping with the Wilmington University mission of providing career-oriented programs, our "scholar-practitioner" faculty are actively engaged in promoting the following educational values:

  • Lifelong Learning: Commitment to self-directedness, self discipline and lifelong learning
  • Diversity: Sensitivity to and respect for a pluralistic society
  • Collaboration:  Awareness of self in relationship to others and the benefits of working in teams
  • Creativity: Appreciation of creative expression including the arts and humanities
  • Citizenship: Commitment to responsible citizenship as a contributing member of society
  • Well Being: Commitment to the holistic health of an individual
  • Civility: Commitment to a civil, supportive,
    and collegial campus environment and beyond

Undergraduate Graduation Competencies

It is intended that students earning an undergraduate degree will demonstrate university level proficiency in the following areas:

Oral Communication

  • Speak with confidence, clarity, and conciseness.
  • Research, prepare, and deliver professional presentations.

Written Communication

  • Write with clarity and precision using correct English grammar: mechanics (punctuation) and usage (sentence structure and vocabulary).
  • Correctly and ethically present scholarly writings utilizing the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA).

Disciplined Inquiry

  • Exercise critical thinking strategies, including scientific and quantitative reasoning, problem solving, analysis and evaluation.

Academic Program

Each academic program has specified competencies in the following areas:

  • Information literacy as related to one’s academic discipline.
  • Ethics as related to one’s academic discipline.
  • Three or four additional program competencies as determined by the academic college.

Note: Additional competencies may be included as per external accreditation requirements.



Graduate Educational Values

In keeping with the Wilmington University mission of providing career-oriented programs, our "scholar-practitioner" faculty are actively engaged in promoting the following educational values:

  • Lifelong Learning: Commitment to self-directedness, self discipline and lifelong learning
  • Diversity: Sensitivity to and respect for a pluralistic society
  • Collaboration:  Awareness of self in relationship to others and the benefits of working in teams
  • Creativity: Appreciation of creative expression including the arts and humanities
  • Citizenship: Commitment to responsible citizenship as a contributing member of society
  • Well Being: Commitment to the holistic health of an individual
  • Civility: Commitment to a civil, supportive,
    and collegial campus environment and beyond

Graduate Graduation Competencies

Upon graduation, students are expected to have gained an advanced level of applicable knowledge in the graduate competencies, as appropriate to one’s field of study. Below is a list of the competencies.

Oral Communication

  • Speak with confidence, clarity, and conciseness.
  • Research, prepare, and deliver professional presentations.

Written Communication

  • Write with clarity and precision using correct English grammar: mechanics (punctuation) and usage (sentence structure and vocabulary).
  • Correctly and ethically present scholarly writings utilizing the Publication of the American Psychological Association (APA).

Disciplined Inquiry

  • Effectively apply appropriate processes of inquiry (such as quantitative, qualitative and scientific reasoning) in order to gather and analyze complex issues and construct logical conclusions.

Information Literacy

  • Access and use information effectively, efficiently, and appropriately.
  • Evaluate the quality of sources and content.
  • Use technology to effectively locate and communicate information.

Ethics

  • Demonstrate knowledge and application of prescribed ethical code(s) and/or behaviors promoted by the profession.

Additional Program Competencies

  • Two or three additional Program Competencies as prescribed by the academic college.

Note: Additional competencies may be included as per external accreditation requirements.