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. Critical Thinking (Disruptive Scholarship): Students demonstrate reflexive and discourse community analysis, incorporating diverse perspectives, toward critiquing (and disrupting) normative thinking, theories, or praxis.
  2. Non-conceptual Knowing (Embodied Presence): Students access and embody direct experience.
  3. Complexity (Radical Interdependence): Students identify the interdependent nature of experience.
  4. Resilience (Rigorous Flexibility): Students generate flexibility in response to challenge or change.
  5. Compassion (Spiritual Warriorship): Students apply emotional literacy in the cultivation of compassionate action.
  6. Innovation (Creative Action): Students apply creativity to problem-solving.

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.