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Richmond Endeavor Learning Outcomes

These four outcomes provide the common foundation to The Richmond Endeavor, shaping the content of a distinctive and immersive experience intended to set first-year students on a path of purposeful inquiry and achievement. While each first-year living-learning course will be disciplinary in nature, all faculty will find ways to infuse their communities with material directed toward these outcomes.

Self-Efficacy

Outcome: Students will give evidence of their growing understanding of themselves as active, independent agents demonstrating the ability to apply knowledge and skills in solving problems, reflecting thoughtfully on identity, and taking responsibility for the wellbeing of self and others.

Description: Students should begin to see themselves as independent adults with agency—as active, effective agents in the world. This requires reflection, exploration of identity, personal growth, inspiration, and attention to well-being.

This outcome ties to the Strategic Plan “SPIDERS” Student Growth value where it says: “The University of Richmond is committed to the personal and intellectual development of all students…the University challenges students to recognize their full potential, supports the development of their resilience, and encourages their growth…”

Community

Outcome: Students will be able to demonstrate they have cultivated a sense of belonging and meaningful connections within a diverse and inclusive community. Students will demonstrate social self-confidence, signify the development of positive peer relationships, communicate comfortably with faculty members, and become active participants in their residential community and the campus at large.

Description: New students should cultivate a sense of belonging within smaller groups of purpose and relationship; meaningful relationships with faculty and staff; a growing commitment to contribute to the flourishing of others; and a sense of connection to a diverse and inclusive campus community, Richmond region, and world.

This outcome ties to the Strategic Plan “SPIDERS” Inclusivity & Equity value where it says: “The University of Richmond values…an inclusive community in which all members can engage meaningfully in institutional life and contribute to a community where all thrive,” and to Ethical Engagement where it says at UR we value “…meaningful engagement with our local and global communities.”

Intellectual Engagement

Outcome: Students will give evidence of positive adjustment to collegiate academics by demonstrating growing academic abilities while managing intellectually demanding activities, signifying coping skills when facing the rigors of college academic work.

Description: New students should be inspired to explore the breadth and depth of knowledge; they should understand the importance of divergent experiences and viewpoints when engaging questions big or small; and they should find paths and possibilities for the present and the future within a liberal arts education.

This outcome ties to the Strategic Plan “SPIDERS” Pursuit of Knowledge value where it says: “The University of Richmond values intellectual curiosity, teaching that challenges and inspires, ambitious scholarly and creative work, and education as a life-long process of discovery and growth.”

Ethical Understanding

Outcome: Students will demonstrate the ability to evaluate their explorations, connections, decisions, actions, omissions, and even perspectives relative to determined ethical dimensions; students will purposefully investigate phenomena with questions of meaning and value.

Description: New students should be helped to see that their explorations, connections, decisions, actions, and omissions have ethical dimensions. Choices—even the ways we think about our choices—are layered with questions of meaning and value.

This outcome ties to the Strategic Plan “SPIDERS” Ethical Engagement value where it says: “The University of Richmond values integrity, responsibility for the ethical consequences of our ideas and actions, and meaningful engagement with our local and global communities.