The Six Essential Learning Outcomes of a Naropa Education

All undergraduate programs and courses at Naropa University are aligned to the six essential learning outcomes of the university and are the hallmark of a Naropa education.

  1. Competency in Contemplative Theory and Practice: Graduates are able to engage the world through unbiased awareness and presence of self, insight and clarity of mind, as well as compassionate practice.
  2. Skillfulness in Addressing Diversity and Ecological Sustainability: Graduates are able to think critically and analytically about social and cultural diversity; they recognize the interconnectedness of the human community to ecological sustainability and cultivate sustainable practices.
  3. Ability to Employ Multiple Modes of Inquiry, Knowing and Expression: Graduates are able to think, read, and write analytically and critically; use academic research methodology; utilize library resources and technical media. Graduates understand and are able to employ the contribution of the arts to human inquiry, knowing and expression.
  4. Embody Intra-and Inter-personal Capacities: Graduates are able to effectively communicate as individuals and in collaboration with others through empathetic listening and inquiry, embodied deep listening and dialogue, and intercultural competency in diverse groups.
  5. Demonstrate Knowledge and Skill in a Discipline or Area of Study: Graduates develop a comprehensive understanding of both foundational and advanced concepts and methods in their area of study; build awareness of contemporary issues; and demonstrate the ability to apply, synthesize or create knowledge through a capstone project or paper.
  6. Apply Learning in Real World Settings: Graduates are able and inclined to engage real-world challenges and work ethically and effectively across diverse communities drawing on disciplinary competency, civic knowledge, presence and personal values, and creative intelligence.

The six essential learning outcomes have been developed by undergraduate faculty into a comprehensive set of developmental learning outcomes with introductory, milestone, and capstone learning levels. Naropa's undergraduate general education program supports student achievement at the introductory level of these six learning outcomes while courses in a student's major program of study are aimed at milestone and capstone learning levels, which require higher order thinking skills. The outcomes are a "through line" that a student will realize within their student journey. Naropa College and the faculty of the respective majors regularly review evidence of student learning to ensure that this promise is kept.