Undergraduate Learning Goals


Through all its educational programs—curricular and co-curricular, classroom and experiential—Ouachita promotes the following goals for student learning:

1. Intellectual and applied skills that promote competency and lifelong learning:

a.  articulate communication

i.   written

ii.  oral

b.  critical thinking

c.   creative thinking

d.  analytic reasoning

e.  quantitative reasoning

f.  scientific reasoning

g.  information literacy

2. Engagement with the content and methods of the major domains of knowledge

3. Heightened awareness of personal and social responsibility:

a.  civic engagement

b.  ethical reasoning

c.  personal integrity

d.  stewardship

e.  physical well-being

f.  spiritual growth

4a. Appreciation for cultural diversity

4b. Development of intercultural competence for constructive engagement in both local and global contexts

5.Depth of knowledge and skills in a chosen discipline or combination of disciplines sufficient to provide the foundation for advanced study, professional competence, and meaningful work.

6a. Connect learning across disciplines

6b. Apply knowledge and skills to solve problems


Graduate Learning Goals


At Ouachita Baptist University, graduate programs extend the university’s vision, mission, and values to students beyond our traditional, residential campus. By offering advanced study in selected fields, Ouachita aims to promote scholarly achievement, enhance professional expertise, encourage faithful stewardship, and graduate highly capable professionals ready to assume places of leadership and service in their workplaces and communities. To accomplish these purposes, the university’s graduate programs support students in achieving the following outcomes:

    • Demonstrate graduate-level mastery of the knowledge and skills central to scholarly inquiry and professional practice within a field of study.


    • Develop a reasoned approach to the role of faith in scholarly and professional pursuits and responsibly relate Christian perspectives to disciplinary practice.


    • Interpret and apply ethical insights and decision-making in the context of one’s intended profession.


    • Communicate a personal vision of vocation, including how one can contribute meaningfully to one’s profession and broader community.




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