Topic: We want to know what you think; don’t write what you think we want to hear.Reflect honestly on your experiences.This is your chance to make it better for the next person.
Research the University of Charleston (UC) Mission and how UC defines the component parts of the mission. (http://www.ucwv.edu/About-UC/UC-at-a-Glance/Our-Mission/) Please write an essay in which you will critically examine how the Critical Thinking Liberal Learning Outcome (LLO), including Foundational (4.1), Midlevel (4.2) and Advanced (4.3), and a Program Outcome (PO) of your choice, including foundational, midlevel and advanced, are connected to and reflective of the mission of the University of Charleston to educate each student for a life of productive work, enlightened living, and community involvement (University of Charleston 2015). Cite specific examples of course work for both the LLO and the PO. You must also reflect on how, or how not, the University Mission is part of your life plan for the next five to ten years.
This essay allows you to display your critical thinking skills to reflect on yourgrowth and development during your work at UC, your aspirations for the future, and whether or not the University of Charleston mission statement has, or will have, an impact on your development. Please remember to use the Critical Thinking Rubric, available in the syllabus, as well as any other course materials regarding critical thinking to help you as you complete this essay.
Critical Thinking and PO Essay (formerly Essay 1)
- You must research how the University of Charleston defines productive work, enlightened living and community involvement.These definitions can be found in the University Catalogue or the UC website.Please use the newest version of the catalogue which is available online.While you engage in the university mission, it is the responsibility of the University of Charleston to determine what the mission means.
- Your essay must include specific examples of course work completed to meet the Critical Thinking LLO at each level (4.1, 4.2, and 4.3), and the PO of your choice at each level (foundation, midlevel, and advanced). Your examples (experiences) must include work required by your courses or work for which you received transfer credit.If you need clarification, please contact your professor.
- As you consider how the LLO and PO will impact your life plan, please remember to include aspects of your life beyond your work.The UC mission has been written to be relevant not only in your career, but also in your personal and family life.
- We would like to think that you have integrated productive work, enlightened living and community involvement in your life thus far, but the life plan portion of the essay focusses on the future and not the past. How will you refine your life plan to reflect the UC mission statement?If, through your reflection and planning, you discover that the university mission is not a part of your work at UC or your life plan, please elucidate the reasons that this is the case.
A few tips and common mistakes to avoid:
Sometimes students focus and emphasize one aspect of the mission and do not give enough consideration to other aspects. For e.g., writing a lot about the productive work part of the mission and barely mentioning the enlightened living and community involvement aspects. Keep in mind, you have to “balance” your essay to give enough attention to all three parts of the mission when you write.
Sometimes, when addressing the Critical Thinking LLO students address one of two parts of the outcome and not all three parts of the outcome, attitude of intellectual curiosity, information literacy, and metacognition.Please address the entire outcome at all three levels.
Not citing relevant sources is also a common mistake. Please utilize one or more sources and cite them in APA citation style.
How to find your Program Outcomes (POs):
Look up your program in the UC Catalog, your major outcomes are listed there. If you have questions about the POs, please contact your advisor. For information concerning the level at which your PO was addressed in a given class, you will need to look at the curriculum map.You can always ask your professor for help as well.
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Standards and Criteria
In order to achieve successful performance, and to be graded, the final graded draft of the essay MUST INCLUDE:
- Length: 2000 -2500 words, word-processed, standard 12pt. Font, double spaced.
- The final draft must be submitted through www.turnitin.com. Any essay turned in to an instructor that has not been submitted through turnitin.com will not be graded.
3.The essay must meet the criteria on the Writing Rubric, and Critical Thinking Rubric with a minimum passing standard of 3.
4.When you have completed the essay post it using the turnitin and “Chalk & Wire” links in Elearn.
- Cite at least three sources. A required source to be cited is the UC catalog or the website. If you have difficulty thinking of other possible resources, please contact your professor for suggestions.
Last Updated on March 31, 2019 by EssayPro