Essential Learning Outcomes for Mathematics

ELO logoStockton University’s 10 Essential Learning Outcomes (ELOs) combine Stockton’s flexible andStockton's ELO logo distinctive liberal arts education with real-world, practical skills. They guide all Stockton University students from first-year through graduation to the intellectual and marketable talents needed to prepare for personal and professional success in the 21st century. As a set of values shared by everyone in the campus community, students encounter opportunities to develop ELOs in all Stockton majors, career preparation, professional experiences both on and off-campus, and academic as well as social activities.

Program excellence

Students should:

Demonstrate mastery of a range of Mathematical skills spanning foundational concepts to advanced topics of study; engage in mathematical inquiry as a tool for self directed study; possess an understanding of contemporary mathematical topics and modern mathematicians; recognize and appreciate the interdisciplinary aspects of mathematics and the interrelations of mathematical topics.

Critical Thinking

Students should:

Develop the reasoning skills to construct valid arguments and judge the validity of arguments; take abstract thoughts and turns them into effective, workable solutions; be skilled in the mathematical process: define problems, uncover relevant patterns, form conjectures, and engage in formal proof techniques; use reflection as a tool for understanding the depth of a problem and reassess the approach or redefine the problem relevant to this reflection.

Quantitative Reasoning

Students should:

Possess the mathematical expertise required to apply quantitative knowledge, including the technological skills required for computation, the theoretical knowledge needed to understand applications, and maturity as a problem solver; recognize that reflection is part of the reasoning process; recognize the applications of mathematics to a wide range of disciplines and in non-traditional situations.

Communication Skills

Students should:

Possess the skills to make clear mathematical arguments in the form of oral and written communication; be able to present a valid argument using formal proof techniques; express mathematical arguments in an accurate and formal manner with the understanding that a systematic approach to a problem must be represented systematically in the presentation of the solution.

Creativity and Innovation

Students should:

Recognize that creativity and innovation are important in problem solving; be able to approach a problem from different directions including non-traditional methodology; generate connections between seemingly unrelated concepts; be able to use "positive failures" as a guide to finding alternate approaches; be able to transfer mathematical methodology to solve a wide range of problems.