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Profile of a Graduate

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The profile of a graduate identifies seven skills and competencies that students need to be successful in the 21st Century.


1. Critical Thinking

  • Collect, assess and analyze relevant information
  • Reason effectively
  • Make sound judgments and decisions
  • Reflect critically on learning experiences, processes and solutions

2. Creative Thinking

  • View failure as an opportunity to learn, understand that creativity and innovation is a long-term, cyclical process and small success and frequent mistakes
  • Demonstrate originality and inventiveness in work and understand the real world limits to adopting new ideas
  • Elaborate, refine, analyze and evaluate their own ideas in order to improve and maximize creative efforts

3. Communication

  • Articulate thoughts and ideas effectively using oral, written, and nonverbal communication skills in a variety forms and contexts
  • Listen effectively to decipher meaning, including knowledge, values, attitudes and intentions
  • Utilize multiple media and technologies, an know how to judge their effectiveness as well as access their impact

4. Collaboration

  • Demonstrate the ability to work effectively and respectfully with diverse teams
  • Exercise flexibility and willingness to be helpful in making necessary compromise to accomplish a common goal
  • Assume shared responsibility for collaborative work, and value individual contributions made by each team member

5. Adaptability & Resilience

  • Work effectively in a climate of ambiguity and changing priorities
  • Deal positively with praise, setbacks, and criticism
  • Adapt to varied roles, jobs, responsibilities, schedules and contexts

6. Emotional Intelligence (Empathy & Reflective)

  • Deep self-knowledge: Individuals will need to continue to discover their own personal and professional strengths, weaknesses, passions and emotional patterns
  • Emotional regulation: Workers will need to be able to recognize their own emotions, understand the triggers that create them and move to more productive emotional states.
  • Empathy and perspective taking: People will need to be able to recognize others’ emotions and perspectives to help build inclusive, collaborative work environments.

7. Cultural & Global Awareness

  • Learn from and work collaboratively with individuals representing diverse cultures, religions and lifestyles in a spirit of mutual respect and open dialogue in personal, work and community contexts
  • Understand other nations and cultures

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