Attributes Document

Summary of knowledge, skills and dispositions that students should possess, acquire and develop in the General Education Program at Salisbury State University:

A. Knowledge.

  1. Possess a breadth of knowledge and a familiarity with the modes of inquiry and creative processes in the arts, humanities, social and behavioral sciences, natural sciences and mathematics.
  2. Possess an historical awareness.
  3. Possess an awareness of contemporary issues.
  4. Possess an awareness of cultures and the interplay between culture and knowledge.
  5. Possess an awareness of the interdependence among disciplines, the coherence among ways of knowing, and the fundamental relationships between general and specialized knowledge.
B. Skills.
  1. Acquire multiple literacies and the command of language necessary for success, including:
    1. The ability to speak, read, write and comprehend effectively. 
      The ability to locate and obtain information. 
      Quantitative/statistical literacy. 
      Information and technology literacy. 
      The ability to represent ideas through creative expression such as music, art, and movement.
  1. Acquire the ability to engage in critical, independent and creative thinking ­ defined broadly to include the ability to:
    1. distinguish facts from opinions. 
      question assumptions. 
      make and test hypotheses. 
      organize, analyze and synthesize information. 
      use multi-disciplinary approaches to solve problems. 
      use inductive and deductive logic. 
      think abstractly.
  1. Acquire the ability to work effectively with diverse groups of people.

C. Dispositions
  1. Develop intellectual curiosity and a propensity for reflection and life-long learning.
  2. Develop an appreciation for the aesthetic.
  3. Develop an informed regard for humane values and the ability to make judgments based on ethical considerations.
  4. Develop such individual and civic virtues as:
    1. a disposition toward responsible citizenship and a connection to the community. 
      a tolerance of and respect for others. 
      a sense of integrity and fairness. 
      a willingness to collaborate. 
      an personal sense of physical and mental well-being.