Institutional Education Goals

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

  1. Intellectually challenging baccalaureate and associate degree programs that include study in both professional programs and the arts and sciences.
  2. 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.
  3. The opportunity for students to learn and live in a diverse cultural collegiate community.
  4. 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.
  5. The opportunity for students to experience personal and spiritual growth and to acquire knowledge of Christian values and perspectives.
  6. Academic and non-academic support services that facilitate student success.

Core Curriculum Goals

The College has adopted the following goals in its core curriculum that all students are required to master:

Engendering and Seeking

  1. Question, doubt, think, which inspires the search for knowledge and awareness.
  2. Develop awareness of how the student and the answers the student seeks fit within the larger picture of life and learning.
  3. Develop curiosity about material by asking questions

Seeking and Pondering

  1. Learn to combine the subjective and objective, intuition and facts, beliefs and emotions with observations and investigations.
  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.
  3. Support their ideas by evaluating various sources and formats (written, numerical, spoken, visual) of information.

Pondering and Knowing

  1. Use life's many uncertainties to inspire renewed seeking for answers to the many problems that face humans.
  2. Evaluate the current state of knowledge and apply it to solve problems across many disciplines.
  3. Apply knowledge to specific problems and circumstances.

Knowing and Engendering

  1. Engender new questions that will guide lifelong learning and self discovery.
  2. Develop an awareness of global culture.
  3. Develop effective use of research resources and scientific methods.

Student Outcomes

The College, in partially assessing its success in accomplishing its education and core curriculum goals, regularly evaluates the following student outcomes:

Core Learning Outcomes (CLO)


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


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


  1. Students examine information for alternative explanations and possible implications.

Core Learning Outcomes (CLO)


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


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


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

Core Learning Outcomes (CLO)


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


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


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

Core Learning Outcomes (CLO)


  1. Students create unique questions to existing problems.


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


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