The Five Dimensions in Practice: Sample Indicators of Engagement
Scholarship and Knowledge
By developing a well-rounded educational foundation which incorporates learning through experience, by becoming scholars in their chosen fields, and by dedicating themselves to the advancement of knowledge, students are prepared for advanced study, for their careers, and for lifelong learning.
Indicators of a student's engagement with the dimension of Scholarship and Knowledge include:
- Being prepared for advanced study
- Being prepared professionally for work
- Demonstrating substantial knowledge and understanding of at least one field of study
Intellectual Inquiry and Communication
By developing the abilities of intellectual inquiry and communication, students are able to learn effectively, express ideas and concepts clearly, and apply their knowledge to new situations they encounter.
Indicators of a student's engagement with the dimension of Intellectual Inquiry and Communication include:
- Utilizing the tools and methods of research
- Understanding and applying technology and other resources
- Demonstrating the skills of:
Critical thinking (application, integration, analysis, synthesis, evaluation)
By welcoming and working with others, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, or gender, students build an inclusive community which leads to respect and compassion for human life and the dignity of each person.
Indicators of a student's engagement with the dimension of Community Building include:
- Working collaboratively
- Demonstrating acceptance of and respect for others' differences
- Advocating diversity
Leadership and Service
By serving others and by promoting social justice, students become men and women for others who lead by their example.
Indicators of a student's engagement with the dimension of Leadership and Service include:
- Devoting time and effort to help others in need
- Serving as an example for others to follow
- Demonstrating an understanding of the interconnectedness of global and local concerns
Spirituality and Values
By developing their spirituality, values, and openness to the transcendent, students determine principles to guide their actions and their relationships with others.
Indicators of a student's engagement with the dimension of Spirituality and Values include:
- Defining and articulating one's own values and beliefs
- Practicing self-reflection
- Making informed and ethical decisions in personal and professional situations