The Mission of Academic Affairs
The mission of the Office of Academic Affairs at Saint Augustine's University is to create, implement, and assess learning that embraces and promotes the mission, goals, and objectives of Saint Augustine’s University. The mission is achieved through academic policies that facilitate students learning through the mastery of core competencies that are transparent, transferable, and transportable. The core competencies are the basis of the Transformative Education Program (TEP).
In keeping with the institutional goals, Academic Affairs prepares students for graduate and professional studies, or employment through a transformative education program built on nine broad transferable sets of skills and a tenth competency that reflects the culmination of these skills. These core competencies (communication, critical thinking, identity, wellness, STEM and quantitative literacy, civic engagement, global perspective, servant leadership and teamwork, innovation, creativity, and artistic literacy) are abilities that all fields of study require to be an effective leader and contributor. The last competency, the capstone encounter, represents an experience or experiences that build on many of the earlier competencies in a culminating manner that helps to define the signature Saint Augustine’s University student. Core competencies ensure that a well-rounded signature student is developed and celebrated within their major field of study, as well as inside and outside the classroom.
The signature Saint Augustine’s University graduate will be able to demonstrate the following defined competencies.
- Communication: The ability to impart, interchange information or expressions within a meaningful context with the appropriate delivery and interpersonal skills. This includes the ability to inform, influence, inspire or motivate others.
- Critical Thinking: Critical thinking is characterized by the comprehensive exploration of issues, ideas, artifacts, and events before accepting or formulating an opinion or conclusion. This requires one to analyze arguments, evaluate evidence, and engage in skeptical inquiry on a variety of topics in and out of one's specialty, as well as being able to apply this skill to problems both abstract and concrete.
- Identity: The overarching perception that we have of ourselves and the way that other people view us from a personal, social, spiritual, informational, or technological perspective; how we are viewed through the lenses of self-awareness, introspection, morals, ethics or values.
- Wellness: Ability to understand, develop and adopt positive behaviors and life strategies that promote economic, physical, mental, emotional, social or spiritual growth and wellbeing.
- STEM & Quantitative Literacy: The ability to understand, interpret and apply scientific, engineering, and mathematical concepts to solve real world problems. Problem solving includes designing, evaluating, implementing a strategy to answer an open ended question or achieve a desired goal.
- Servant Leadership/Teamwork: The ability to foster positive cooperation and collaborative growth of a diverse group of individuals by being able to serve others before one’s self. The servant leader will exhibit characteristics of empathy, listening, stewardship and commitment of personal growth to act as an effective leader to reach a common goal or accomplish a task or outcome.
- Global Perspective: A diverse, multicultural understanding and appreciation of social, political, environmental, legal, and economic forces that influence and shape our very existence, both personally and professionally.
- Civic Engagement: Civic engagement is working to make a difference in the civic life of our communities and developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values, and motivation to make that difference. It means promoting the quality of life in a community, through both political and non-political processes.
- Innovation, Creativity, & Artistic Literacy: This competency can be demonstrated through creative/innovative approaches to course-based assignments or projects that allow students to create a valued product. The Artistic Literacy portion of this competency means one may create, interpret and evaluate artistic expression considering the cultural context in which it was created and/or describe how issues in multiple disciplines may be addressed through creative expression and innovative practice.
- Capstone Encounter: An experience or experiences that allow students to organize and synthesize core competencies, knowledge and skills acquired from a variety of sources, including in-class and out-of-the class settings that occur during their undergraduate experience.