Cognitive Outcomes

Cognitive Outcomes are what students should KNOW, at least in part as a result of advising

Cognitive Outcomes
Desired Outcome
Know who adviser is, and what one can expect from the adviserConsider (document available from OAA), p. 3

YouTube Message from Dean Buchanan
Know academic requirements (e.g., basic, divisional, QR, CD)WFU Undergraduate Bulletin
Know how to use DegreeWorks and understand importance of doing so WFU Office of the University Registrar
Know campus resources: what they are and what help they can provide (e.g., OAA, OPCD, LAC, UCC, Math Center, Chem Center, Writing Center, GPS) Campus Resources
Know how to find information required to make individual decisions and academic choices at WFU and beyondSources include: Undergraduate Bulletin, Office of Academic Advising, faculty and/or chairs in departments of interest
Know academic policies & procedures (e.g., for adds, drops, incompletes, overloads, grade mode changes) WFU Advising: Student Resources
WFU Registrar: Academic Information
Know where to find the process and rules of registrationWFU Registrar: Undergraduate Class Registration
Know the meaning and importance of academic integrityYour experience informs this.
Student Code of Conduct (PDF) pgs 19-20
Dean of Students - Code of Conduct
Know that people at WFU (including lower-division adviser) want to help them succeed
Know behaviors that contribute to and interfere w/ academic success at WFU (e.g., communication); Know how success in college might differ from success in high schoolYour experience as a faculty or staff member with students can inform this.
Suggested Reading: What the Best College Students Do by Ken Bain (Amazon)
Know the importance of personal responsibility in taking advantage of the resources available
Know the importance and value of communicating with professors, advisers, and others who can offer guidance(This is a central behavior that contributes to academic success – see above)
Know best practices on how to explore and make a decision on a majorFor departments of interest: try a class or two; talk to a faculty contact (undergraduate chair or chair of department); read websites; talk to current majors.
Attend the Major/Minor Fair
Visit the Office of Personal and Career Development
Know that everyone experiences disappointments and challenges, and that it is possible to use such as learning moments or opportunities for growth Suggested Reading: What the Best College Students Do by Ken Bain (Amazon)
Know the value of liberal arts “Only Connect: The Goals of a Liberal Education” Article by William Cronon
"It Takes More than a Major: Employer Priorities for College Learning and Student Success " from the Association of American Colleges & Universities
“Why Future Business Leaders Need Philosophy” Article
Know value of study abroad”Why Study Abroad?” Article from IIE's Generation Study Abroad
”Research Measuring the Impact of Study Abroad” Article from NASFA