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Information Literacy @ UWW

General Education Requirements 1 & 4

General Education Requirements*

The goals of general education at UW-Whitewater most intertwined with the purpose of the Andersen Library and information literacy are to enable students to:

1. Think critically and analytically, integrate and synthesize knowledge, and draw conclusions from complex information.

4. Acquire a base of knowledge common to educated persons, the capacity to expand that base over their lifetime by understanding the way that knowledge is generated, organized, tested, and modified, while recognizing the past and current limits to understanding.

*To see the full list of General Education Requirements, consult the 2014-2015 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog section General Education Requirement-Overview.


LEAP Guidelines

UW-Whitewater is committed to Liberal Education, America’s Promise (LEAP), a framework for assessing educational programs, which was established in 2005 by the Association of American Colleges and Universities. It emphasizes the liberal arts component of all kinds of post-secondary education, including courses that are primarily technical and career-oriented. There is one set of skills and specific outcomes that tie in with the Library and information literacy.

Essential Learning Outcomes* of LEAP

Beginning in school, and continuing at successively higher levels across their college studies, students should prepare for twenty-first-century challenges by gaining intellectual and practical skills:

  • Inquiry and analysis
  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Information literacy

*The entire Essential Learning Outcomes document is available online.