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Lifelong Learning - Attribute 2

Effectively finds, critically evaluates, and formulates new ways of understanding information.

Expanded Definition: The lifelong learner retrieves information from various formats and media, critically evaluates information, properly cites information, and formulates new ways of understanding the information. In his or her primary field, the lifelong learner frames viable research questions and has knowledge of the major resources in that field. 

Measurable Learning Outcomes

  1. Student locates and gathers credible information from a variety of sources (e.g. library, Internet, etc.) to complete projects.
  2. Student summarizes the main ideas from the information gathered to support an original thesis or contribute a unique point of view to his/her field of study.
  3. Student articulates the criteria for evaluating information and its sources. Can evaluate accuracy, authority, timeliness, and point of view/bias as well as analyze the logic of supporting arguments and recognize prejudice, deception, or manipulation. Can employ creative and reflective thinking to solve problems.
  4. Student synthesizes main ideas to construct new concepts. Can recognize interrelationships among concepts, combine them into primary statements with supporting evidence, and construct new hypotheses.
  5. Student compares new knowledge with prior knowledge and determines whether the information satisfies the research needs, draws conclusions based upon the information gathered, tests his/her theories and integrates new information.
  6. Student determines whether the new information has an impact on his/her beliefs or opinions and takes steps to reconcile differences by investigating differing viewpoints, and determining whether to incorporate or reject viewpoints encountered.
  7. Student manages, assesses, and synthesizes information for personal or professional growth and improvement.


  • Introduced: GE Area A: Communication A1-A3 lower-division course series
  • Developed: GE Area C: Arts and Humanities C1-C3 lower-division courses, GE Area D: Society and the Individual D1-D4 lower-division courses, and specific major courses
  • Mastered: GE Area C: Arts and Humanities C4 upper-division synthesis course; GE Area D: Society and the Individual D5 upper-division synthesis course, and Senior Project


  • Online in-class survey
  • Online end of quarter faculty survey of student learning
  • Online scenario-based survey
  • Information skills test
  • Other possible sources of assessment

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