The Principles of Undergraduate Learning comprise a common, campus-wide articulation of expectations for baccalaureate degree recipients. They define a set of higher order abilities and skills that all undergraduates are expected to master, providing a focused statement of expectations for all undergraduate students, no matter what their major, and a common framework for assessing and evaluating academic programs. They also supply the foundation for a concept of general education built upon common cognitive experiences and deliberately sequenced intellectual development, continuing from the freshman year through the major to graduation. Thus, the PULs are introduced to beginning students in their First-Year Seminars, woven into introductory courses across the campus, and incorporated into majors, which generally include capstone courses designed as culminating experiences that integrate the six PULs with one another and with the content of the major.
May 7, 1998 (Approved FC980507); Revised December 6, 2005; Revised March 2007; Approved May 1, 2007
Core Communication and Quantitative Skills: The ability of students to express and interpret information, perform quantitative analysis, and use information resources and technology--the foundational skills necessary for all IUPUI students to succeed.
Core communication and quantitative skills are demonstrated by the student's ability to:
Critical Thinking: The ability of students to engage in a process of disciplined thinking that informs beliefs and actions. A student who demonstrates critical thinking applies the process of disciplined thinking by remaining open-minded, reconsidering previous beliefs and actions, and adjusting his or her thinking, beliefs and actions based on new information.
The process of critical thinking begins with the ability of students to remember and understand, but it is truly realized when the student demonstrates the ability to:
Integration and Application of Knowledge: The ability of students to use information and concepts from studies in multiple disciplines in their intellectual, professional, and community lives.
Integration and application of knowledge are demonstrated by the student's ability to:
Intellectual Depth, Breadth, and Adaptiveness: The ability of students to examine and organize disciplinary ways of knowing and to apply them to specific issues and problems.
Intellectual depth, breadth, and adaptiveness are demonstrated by the student's ability to:
Understanding Society and Culture: The ability of students to recognize their own cultural traditions and to understand and appreciate the diversity of the human experience.
Understanding society and culture is demonstrated by the student's ability to:
The ability of students to make sound decisions with respect to individual conduct, citizenship, and aesthetics. A sense of values and ethics is demonstrated by the student's ability to