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20-21 Bacone College Academic Catalog

1. Mission Statement and Core Curriulum/Goals

Bacone College Mission Statement

Mission Statement Approved to Be Presented to HLC

As a historic Native American serving institution, Bacone College provides a quality holistic liberal arts educational experience in a culturally diverse environment empowering life-long learners with the knowledge, skills, and capacity to be transformational leaders in both native and non-native communities.

Institutional Education Goals

To fulfill its mission, the College has established education goals stipulating it will provide:

·         Intellectually challenging baccalaureate and associate degree programs that include study in both professional programs and the arts and sciences.

·         A core curriculum, which allows students to demonstrate critical thinking, computer proficiency, computational ability, and self-expression in writing and oral form in understanding and developing new ideas and presenting them to others.

·         The opportunity for students to learn and live in a diverse cultural collegiate community.

·         Emphasis and privilege in its curricular and co-curricular programs to the voice and culture of American Indians as represented in the College's students, staff and faculty.

·         The opportunity for students to experience personal and spiritual growth and to acquire knowledge of Christian values and perspectives.

·         Academic and non-academic support services that facilitate student success.


Core Curriculum Goals and Outcomes

The College has adopted the following goals in its core curriculum that all students are required to master: Furthermore, in partially assessing its success in accomplishing its education and core curriculum goals, the college regularly evaluates the outcomes shown below.

Engendering and Seeking Goal 1: Question, doubt, and think, which inspires the search for knowledge and awareness.

  • Students evaluate whether or not a question has validity and value.
  • Students embrace and apply knowledge to alternate conditions.

Engendering and Seeking Goal 2: Develop awareness of how the student himself and how the answers the student seeks fit within the larger picture of life and learning.

  • Students analyze their views of life in relation to varied world views.

 Engendering and Seeking Goal 3: Develop curiosity about material by asking questions.

  • Students examine information for alternative explanations and possible implications.

Seeking and Pondering Goal 1: Learn to combine the subjective and objective, intuition and facts, beliefs and emotions with observations and investigations.

  • Students synthesize and analyze documents to find subjective and objective elements in varying media.
  • Students express the objective and subjective thoughts through writing and speaking.

Seeking and Pondering Goal 2: Develop the initiative to learn issues and topics that help a person better know how he or she relates to the larger community and the natural environment.

  • Students analyze, understand, and express knowledge of world, American, and regional, human and natural history, culture, and institutions.

Seeking and Pondering Goal 3: Support their ideas by evaluating various sources and formats (written, numerical, spoken, and visual) of information.

  • Students apply open minded, analytical approaches to the evaluation of information.
  • Students value and appreciate the richness of multiple literacies and forms of expression, and the limitations of each in contribution to knowledge and understanding.
  • Students adhere to ethical standards in both the analysis and generation of knowledge.

Pondering and Knowing Goal 1:  Use life's many uncertainties to inspire renewed seeking for answers to the many problems that face humans.

  • Students construct probing questions from newly acquired information.
  • Students self-assess their learning by measuring achievement of goals.
  • Students report their progression towards learning goals.

 Pondering and Knowing Goal 2:  Evaluate the current state of knowledge and apply it to solve problems across many disciplines.

  • Students analyze and incorporate information from various sources of media.

 Pondering and Knowing Goal 3:  Apply knowledge to specific problems and circumstances.

  • Students formulate sound methodologies utilizing both quantitative and qualitative analysis to solve problems.
  • Students devise problem solving techniques that work effectively with diverging viewpoints.
  • Students challenge uncertain conclusions, and investigate alternative solutions.

Knowing and Engendering Goal 1:  Engender new questions that will guide lifelong learning and self-discovery.

  • Students create unique questions to existing problems.

 Knowing and Engendering Goal 2:  Develop an awareness of global culture.

  • Students evaluate, interpret, and formulate answers to multifaceted real world issues.
  • Students offer solutions to problems from diverse points of view.

Knowing and Engendering Goal 3:  Develop effective use of research resources and scientific methods.

  • Students review and analyze data.
  • Students categorize relevance of concepts.
  • Students demonstrate the ability to differentiate opinion, theory, and fact.