Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Learning Goals rest upon three foundations developed from the University’s Mission Statement:
- Integrated Learning To be a fully developed person, one must know that each of the three broad categories of learning defined in the common learning goals - care and responsibility, knowledge and understanding, and communication and rhetoric - must work together simultaneously.
- World Engagement A full understanding of the world and a spirit of openness will yield a call to service and action as we work in communities at every level.
- Christian Perspective To fulfill our mission as a Christian institution, the University shall foster caring for others, humility, fellowship, a sense of vocation, and faith.
The common learning goals, when implemented across the entire curriculum, will yield a discerning, curious and effective thinker, responsive to the needs of others.
Care and Responsibility
Lenoir-Rhyne graduates will demonstrate a sense of personal integrity and an awareness of their responsibilities as stewards and citizens of the world. Furthermore, they will exhibit a commitment to morality and to lives of service. They will demonstrate:
- care and concern for personal wellbeing:
- care and concern for others;
- care and concern for learning;
- awareness of the world beyond the self in an open and intercultural way;
- rigorous ethical understanding;
- dedication to vocation;
- realization of these goals in action and service.
Knowledge and Understanding
Lenoir-Rhyne graduates will interpret the world, using appropriate tools drawn from relevant bodies of knowledge both to grapple with and to attempt answers to enduring questions. They will:
- engage the knowledge, the modes of inquiry, and the enduring questions of the Liberal Arts and Sciences;
- engage the unknown and solve problems creatively;
- understand the ways in which the various bodies of knowledge connect and overlap;
- understand the limits of these bodies of knowledge.
Communication and Rhetoric
Lenoir-Rhyne graduates will be discerning readers and listeners as well as persuasive writers and speakers, practiced and skillful at grasping and creating meaning. They will:
- read and listen for information, understanding and argument, moving beyond memorization to discernment;
- write and speak informatively and persuasively to different audiences, and make effective use of qualitative and quantitative reasoning, evidence, and exhortation;
- use writing and speaking as tools for understanding and solving problems;
- effectively locate, critically assess, and use information.