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Drexel Student Learning Priorities

Mission Statement

Students graduating from Drexel University demonstrate competency in a field of study evidenced by achievement of a set of program-specific learning outcomes. In addition, they also demonstrate meaningful progress in six core intellectual and practical skill areas and five experiential and applied learning areas. Learning in these core areas supports, and is integrated with, learning in their disciplines. Students exhibit levels of competency in each of these areas appropriate to their program of study, their individual interests, and their abilities. The Drexel Student Learning Priorities provide the framework for a broad education across disciplines and lay the foundation for a successful future.

Core Intellectual and Practical Skills


Employ an understanding of audience, purpose and context to communicate effectively in a range of situations using appropriate media.

Creative and Critical Thinking

User divergent (e.g., generation of novel ideas, thinking out of the box, brainstorming) and convergent thinking (e.g., critical thinking, evaluation of ideas, quantitative and qualitative analysis, scientific reasoning) to generate novel and relevant ideas, strategies, approaches or products.

Ethical Reasoning

Assess their own ethical values and the social context of ethical problems, recognize ethical issues in a variety of settings, think about how different ethical perspectives might be applied to an ethical problem, and consider the consequences of alternative actions.

Information Literacy

Possess the skills and knowledge to access, evaluate and use information effectively, competently, and creatively.

Self-Directed Learning

Establish goals and monitor progress toward them by developing an awareness of the personal, environmental and task-specific factors that affect attainment of the goals.

Technology Use

Make appropriate use of technologies to communicate, collaborate, solve problems, make decisions, and conduct research, as well as foster creativity and life-long learning.

Experiential and Applied Learning

Upon graduation, students will demonstrate an improved ability to...

Global Competence

Engage in, reflect upon, and demonstrate open mindedness toward all issues of diversity at the local, national and international level.


Develop a vision, translate that vision into shared goals, and effectively work with others to achieve these goals.

Professional Practice

Apply knowledge and skills gained from a program of study to the achievement of goals in a work, clinical, or other professional setting.

Research, Scholarship, And Creative Expression

Make meaningful contributions in their chosen field, participating in use-inspired (e.g., inspired by and applied to real-world problems) research, scholarship or creative activity as an individual or in a collaborative effort.

Responsible Citizenship

Create and sustain a healthy, engaged, public life.

Define Your Own Priorities

Upon graduation, students will...

Build Your Future

Continue to develop the goals, values, and aspirations that have guided them through their Drexel education into a foundation for a successful future.