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The Santa Clara Story

 

The Key Elements

Essential Undergraduate Learning Skills

How the Story Unfolds

Adding Engagement and Impact

Chapter by Chapter

Progress Through the Years

Write Your Own Story

Ready for What's Next

 

An Introduction

 All of our students graduate from Santa Clara with a set of lifelong habits of mind and heart and high-impact experiences that enrich their learning in their majors and across the curriculum. SCU is committed to ensuring that all students have the opportunity to participate in the breadth and depth of learning experiences that will set them up for success--personally and professionally.  

 

Key Elements

Regardless of major, all of our undergraduates benefit from an education that encompasses the skills, abilities, and learning dispositions required for success in 21st century society and workplaces, distinguishing SCU as the Jesuit University in Silicon Valley. 

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一道本不卡免费高清Critical, Creative, & Reflective Thinking

Generating, analyzing, reflecting upon, evaluating, integrating, and applying different types of information and knowledge to form independent judgments

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Quantitative Reasoning

Analytical and logical thinking and the habit of making accurate and reasoned interpretations of quantitative information

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Oral Communication

一道本不卡免费高清Delivering an effective, purposeful presentation designed to increase knowledge, to foster understanding, or promote change

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一道本不卡免费高清Written Communication

一道本不卡免费高清Developing and expressing ideas in writing with attention to a wide range of conventions, including purpose, content, medium, format, and style

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Information Literacy

Identifying, locating, evaluating, and effectively and responsibly using and sharing information generated from a variety of sources

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Cultivation of Ethics and a Life of Meaning and Purpose

Engaging in ethical reflection and self examination of life's meaning and purpose in ways that inform values and actions

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一道本不卡免费高清Social Justice

一道本不卡免费高清Developing knowledge, values, commitments, and action related to social justice issues locally, nationally, and globally 

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一道本不卡免费高清Engagement with Diverse Communities, Locally and Globally

Developing dispositions and abilities to participate respectfully and meaningfully within diverse communities, both as engaged citizens and globally-minded professionals

How the Story Unfolds 

Students’ educational experiences unfold through participation in multiple high-impact, active educational opportunities that promote deep learning and student engagement, allowing students to more fully integrate their learning in and out of the classroom. Santa Clara students complete more of these high-impact experiences than their peers at other colleges and universities nationally. By the time of graduation, 88% of SCU seniors will have completed 2 or more high-impact experiences and 51% of seniors will have completed 4 or more (National Survey of Student Engagement, 2018).

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Chapter by Chapter

 SCU is proud of its exceptionally high retention and graduation rates for all undergraduates. Students come to SCU, they stay and do amazing things, and, in four years, most leave with a degree in hand--ready to write their own stories.

95%

OF SCU STUDENTS IN THEIR FIRST YEAR RETURNED FOR THEIR SECOND YEAR IN 2017

88%

OF FIRST TIME UNDERGRADUATES ENTERING IN 2014-2015 GRADUATED WITHIN 4 YEARS

91%

OF FIRST TIME UNDERGRADUATES ENTERING IN 2012-13 GRADUATED WITHIN 6 YEARS

Write Your Own Story

 Students are ready to take their SCU experience and write their own stories soon after graduation, whether in a career, in pursuit of a graduate degree, or taking a year or so to share the benefits of their education with organizations like Jesuit Volunteer Corps. 

 

86% 

一道本不卡免费高清OF SCU EMPLOYERS BELIEVE SCU GRADUATES DEMONSTRATE AN EXCELLENT WORK ETHIC

89%

OF OUR RECENT GRADUATES SAY THAT THEIR explore-biography.comCATION PROVIDED THEM WITH GOOD TO EXCELLENT PREPARATION FOR THEIR CAREERS

87%

OF SCU EMPLOYERS BELIEVE THAT SANTA CLARA GRADUATES ARE READY TO ENTER THE WORKFORCE