Hiram College

A 21st Century Skill Set and Mindset

Hiram College’s New Liberal Arts is designed to help students develop the types of broad skills that remain critical year in and year out. At the same time, the curricula and co-curricula prepare students to develop the contemporary skill sets and mindsets that are increasingly important for the fast-paced life and career they will soon experience. The combination of classic and contemporary skill building means that Hiram students are not only well-read and well-rounded; they are also intellectually agile and socially responsible thinkers and doers.

Faculty and Student Affairs have endorsed a set of learning outcomes that include:

  • Oral Communication
  • Written Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Civic Engagement
  • Leadership
  • Problem-Solving
  • Teamwork
  • Health and Wellness

The New Liberal Arts also structures coursework and opportunities for students to develop mindsets critical for success in the 21st century. During their time at Hiram College, students will engage in experiences that challenge them to think, do and reflect how they can meaningfully contribute to an ever-changing society and workplace.

21st century mindsets:

  • Intercultural and Diversity Skills
  • Mindful Technology
  • System/Design Thinking
  • Inquiry
  • Innovation and Creativity
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Ethics

To help students see how their classroom learning and out-of-classroom learning can reinforce and strengthen each other, faculty and staff will assist students in developing an e-Portfolio over the course of their four years. For many students, the e-Portfolio will serve as a repository for signature assignments, research papers, reflective journal entries, photographs, videos, and more. When reviewed as a whole, faculty and staff expect that a student’s ePortfolio will reveal how a student has come to understand and demonstrate competency in areas that are important no matter what career path a student travels.