NWU Common Institutional Learning Outcomes

Undergraduate Students (uCILOs)

Thinking and Reasoning

Graduates of NWU will use critical and creative thinking and quantitative and qualitative reasoning to address complex challenges and everyday problems.


Graduates of NWU will use oral, written, and artistic means of expression to communicate ideas and perspectives clearly while listening openly and learning from others.


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Graduates of NWU will learn from one another’s strengths and challenges to collaborate and contribute toward a common purpose as both members and leaders of diverse groups.

Personal And Social Responsibility

Graduates of NWU will exhibit responsible, ethical, and meaningful civic engagement.

Integration And Specialization

Graduates of NWU will demonstrate specialized expertise and integration of ideas, methods, theory, and practice.

Graduate Students (gCILOs)

Advanced Knowledge

NWU graduate students will demonstrate appropriate mastery of knowledge in the degree field.

Applied Learning

NWU graduate students will demonstrate the appropriate disciplinary skills in the field by integrating knowledge with practice.

Critical Inquiry and Reflective Practice

NWU graduate students will demonstrate critical inquiry and/or reflective practice at an advanced level.

Ethical and Professional Conduct

NWU graduate students will demonstrate ethical and responsible professional conduct in their discipline.