Assessment at Skidmore College

Skidmore College Goals Header

Skidmore College Goals for Student Learning and Development 

The goals that follow reflect the unique characteristics and synergies of our B.A. and B.S. programs, as well as certain emphases that are deeply engrained in Skidmore's history and culture: on creativity, on civic responsibility, and on interdisciplinary thinking. As in the past, we aim to graduate students who strive for excellence, think deeply and creatively, and communicate and act effectively. We continue to ask our students to link theoretical and practical learning, and now also to develop intercultural understanding and an appreciation of their roles as global citizens. These goals have much in common with those of all liberal arts colleges who share a common mission, though we take pride in having long approached them in our own distinctive way.

Our goals emerge in particular from our collective sense of a Skidmore education as a transformative experience. We want our students to acquire both knowledge and capacities that enable them to initiate and embrace change and apply their learning lifelong in new contexts. We believe that this learning takes place throughout our students' experience, both inside the classroom and out, on campus and off. Our goals articulate, then, in language that is as clear and lean as possible, our understanding of students' learning and development at Skidmore. They lay the groundwork for our continued inquiry into the evidence of that learning.i

I. Knowledge

II. Intellectual Skills and Practice

III. Personal and Social Values

IV. Transformation


i The following documents were fundamental sources for the Goals.

  1. Skidmore College Mission Statement

  2. Intersections of Paradigms, 2008 [including key phrases from the Strategic Plan, 2005]

  3. Skidmore College Core Abilities, 1997-98

  4. Skidmore College Academic Vision Statement, 2003-04

  5. Liberal Education and America's Promise (LEAP) Essential Learning Outcomes

  6. Wabash National Study of Liberal Arts Colleges: Liberal Arts Outcomes

  7. Council for the Advancement of Standards: Learning and Development Outcomes


These goals were endorsed by the faculty in December 2009.

Mapping Goals for Student Learning and Development to Curricular and Co-Curricular Activities

Click here for a table showing where each of the goals is addressed in the curriculum and in co-curricular activities. 


Assessment of Goals for Student Learning and Development

Click here to link to existing assessments that pertain to each of the goals.