Purposeful Learning Capacity
Purposeful Learning makes a case for intentional lifelong learning and is the foundation for developing all other capacities. The capacity for Purposeful Learning builds perspective and enhances self-knowledge. Purposeful Learning promotes meaningful self-reflection that enables learners to adapt flexibly to changes, explore personal and professional options, productively pursue new opportunities, leverage skills to progress toward goals, and continuously learn and improve.
Communication and Expression
The capacity for Communication and Expression enables learners to identify, develop, and share ideas in diverse social settings, listen to others, receive feedback, engage in dialogue, and show up in the world proficiently and proactively. Understanding how information is shared, particularly how Communication and Expression function in the information age, is critical to the future.
Inquiry and Analysis
The capacity for Inquiry and Analysis is the bedrock of all knowledge and discovery. Inquiry and Analysis prepare learners to ask meaningful questions, apply research methods to those questions, analyze and evaluate data, synthesize information, formulate conclusions, and discover answers for themselves and others. This capacity leads to deeper understanding and ethical decision-making based on solid evidence.
Creativity and Innovation
The capacity for Creativity and Innovation contributes to discovering, planning, and implementing original and valuable approaches to complex problems. Creativity and Innovation foster the deep curiosity and ambition needed for bold, confident action. The capacity for Creativity and Innovation is about self-starting, leading, motivating, and managing creative ideas and solutions.
The capacity for Numerical Literacy prepares learners to investigate quantitative questions about our world, apply appropriate mathematical methods of data exploration, and effectively communicate results in various numerical formats. Numerical Literacy is the ability to speak a language crucial to understanding and participating in our complex, data-driven world. Understanding data, facts, figures, and statistics informs opinions, perspectives, and decisions as individuals and members of the larger community.
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
The capacity for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion* prepares learners to contribute to equitable living outcomes in local and global communities, develop empathy and respect, and strengthen the communication tools needed to be contributing members of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive society. This capacity is about working cooperatively and collaboratively with others, valuing our shared humanity and life experiences, and honoring the social awareness that allows us to work well with people from all walks of life.
*For more information about Southern Oregon University’s commitment to creating a safe, welcoming, and inclusive campus for all students, faculty, and staff, visit: edi.sou.edu