Student Learning Outcomes
|Marist College Mission Statement||Marist Abroad Mission Statement|
Marist is dedicated to helping students develop the intellect, character, and skills required for enlightened, ethical, and productive lives in the global community of the 21st century.
Marist Abroad promotes international engagement and academic, personal, and professional development through rigorous, reflective study abroad, overseas internships, and international campus programming.
Marist Abroad Unit Goals and Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Marist Abroad's Unit Goals support the development of particular knowledge, values, and skills. These Goals articulate with the Marist Abroad Mission Statement specifically, and my extension, with the Mission Statement of the College. There are a total of nine Unit Goals, three each from the areas of knowledge, values, and skills.
Marist Abroad Alumni will show knowledge of...
- The international context of a field of study
- Associated SLO: Marist Abroad Alumni will be able to navigate the theory and practice of a chosen field of study, including integration of insights from international scholarship and application.
- Associated SLO: Marist Abroad Alumni will be able to analyze in writing the differing worldviews of home and host cultures in relation to a specific cultural value or interpretation of cultural behavior.
- Associated SLO: Marist Abroad Alumni will be able to operationalize appropriate cultural etiquette and communication style of the host country, for example by effectively greeting, thanking, offering and receiving compliments, and (where a common language is shared) engaging in discussion.
Marist Abroad Alumni will display...
- Openness to learning; enthusiastic orientation to new opportunities, ideas, and ways of thinking
- Associated SLO: Marist Abroad Alumni will demonstrate enthusiastic engagement with new educational experiences overseas.
- Empathy or the commitment to examine issues from multiple perspectives
- Associated SLO: Marist Abroad Alumni will be able to analyze in writing the differing perspectives of their home and host cultures on a specific social issue or other topic.
- Increased synthesis of personality, direction, and confidence
- Associated SLO: Marist Abroad Alumni will be able to verbally articulate their personal and professional goals, and to explain how study abroad has helped to bring these goals into further focus.
Marist Abroad Alumni will demonstrate...
- Research skills appropriate to one’s major or minor.
- Associated SLO: Marist Abroad Alumni will further develop and show successful use of a quantitative and/or qualitative research skill appropriate to a chosen major or minor.
- The ability to reflect and integrate the lessons of classroom and experiential activities in order to examine, process, and gain new and evolving insight and perspective.
- Associated SLO: Marist Abroad Alumni will be able to synthesize classroom and field-based experiences around one or more particular topics, demonstrating that the student’s evolving understanding is informed by both classroom theory and real-world practice.
- Foreign language skills as appropriate, with particular reference to communicative ability.
- Associated SLO: Marist Abroad Alumni who enroll in foreign language courses abroad will demonstrate significant improvement in their ability to communicate verbally in real-world situations and contexts.
SLO Learning Opportunities
At Marist, more than 500 home campus-based students study abroad each year on a variety of study abroad programs. These programs are either run by Marist or are part of a portfolio of Marist-approved study abroad opportunities. Marist Abroad’s list of approved study abroad programs is maintained using the Forum on Education Abroad’s Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad as a central reference. These processes are explained in more detail on the Marist Abroad website as well as in the Marist Abroad Guidelines for Program Affiliations and Approval.
Unlike single degree offerings with a set number of discrete courses, Marist Abroad students worldwide enroll in hundreds of courses each semester. These courses and academic programs are either supervised and formally assessed by Marist faculty and administrators (e.g., as in the case of the Marist Branch Campus in Florence) or are approved by Departmental Chairs/Academic Deans for credit upon review of appropriate course materials.
Further, it is critical to underscore that Marist Abroad seeks to engage students throughout their Marist careers and not only in the period of a traditional “semester abroad.” The picture of study abroad is more complex; some students study abroad for their freshman year in Florence; many students study abroad more than once; and others add a short-term study abroad experience to their degree plan. Additionally, Marist’s strong participation rate (40-50 percent of graduates) supports an engaging, international dynamic on campus, in Marist classrooms, in co-curricular programming, and in student life. We seek for Marist Abroad Alumni to not “shoebox” their abroad experience; one should not put breakthroughs up on the shelf to gather dust upon return to campus. Rather, students are encouraged to reflect upon their time abroad on an ongoing basis, to share with the campus community, and to explore the significance of the experience for their overall academic, personal, and professional development.