Graduates will be technically competent and possess strong interpersonal skills. They will have the ability to communicate effectively, be able to solve problems, work in teams, and will have developed an understanding of the need for continued professional development. The Program Learning Outcomes are grouped into five broad interrelated categories:
- Specialized Knowledge
This category addresses what students should dem- onstrate with respect to the Automotive Technology Industry beyond the vocabularies, theories, and skills of the particular fields of study.
- Broad and Integrative Knowledge
This category asks students to consolidate learning from different broad fields of study (e.g., Humanities, Arts, Applied Sciences, and Social Sciences) and to dis- cover and explore concepts and questions that bridge these essential areas of learning.
- Intellectual Skills
This category includes both traditional and nontradi- tional cognitive skills, which include analytic inquiry, use of information resources, engagement with diverse perspectives, ethical reasoning, and quantitative and communicative fluency. All of these emphasize the importance of students making, confronting, and inter- preting ideas and arguments from different points of reference (e.g., cultural, technological, and political).
- Applied and Collaborative Learning
This category emphasizes what students can do with what they know. Students will be asked to demonstrate their learning by addressing unscripted problems in scholarly inquiry, both at work and in other settings outside the classroom. It also includes research and creative activities involving both individual and group efforts, and may also include practical skills crucial to the application of expertise.
- Civics and Global Learning
This category recognizes higher education’s respon- sibilities both to democracy and global community. Students will demonstrate integration of their skills and knowledge by engaging with and responding to civic, social, environmental, and economic challenges at local, state, national, and international levels.