Educational Goals and Outcomes

Nichols College is a teaching institution whose primary mission centers on the intellectual, personal, and professional development of each student. The educational goals of the College are to prepare students for careers in business, public service, and the professions, by means of improving their skills and competencies, and to actively engage within our community and the global society.

All students will demonstrate a basic knowledge of the fundamental principles of their major fields of study. In particular, students majoring in business administration should possess an understanding of the key business functions of accounting, finance, economics, information systems, management, and marketing and an awareness of the interaction of these concepts in the practice of business and their relationship to government and public policy. Students majoring in the liberal arts will demonstrate similar understanding of the basic concepts pertaining to their areas of concentration, allowing for a solid foundation that could lead to graduate studies. Through the general education curriculum, all students will also develop an awareness of the arts, sciences, as well as professional skills, and their importance in the complete development of the well-educated citizen.

Each educational goal is supported by learning outcomes that clarify what the Nichols student will accomplish as evidence of success. These outcomes have been identified by business leaders as vital for the success of their employees. The College will engage in a continuous process of assessing student learning outcomes as they relate to related educational goals. Assessment results will allow us to improve our curriculum and pedagogy on an ongoing basis.

I. Communication

Effectively express and accurately comprehend concepts and facts using a range of appropriate and current communication methods.

II. Critical Thinking & Quantitative Analysis

Utilize qualitative and quantitative problem-solving skills to analyze and interpret information.

III. Ethics & Personal Accountability

Recognize and assess questions of right and wrong and demonstrate a willingness to act responsibly in personal and professional life.

IV. Civic & Social Engagement

Articulate an understanding and appreciation of cultural and human differences, acknowledging the interconnectedness of a global society and one’s social and civic responsibility to the community, the nation and the world.

V. Leadership & Teamwork

Work effectively and collaboratively in a group, assume leadership when appropriate, and support leadership in others.