Webmail Login

NU Assessment

NU Mission, Vision, Core Values, and
Learning Outcomes

Assessment

The Neumann University’s Mission and Vision along with its defined Values (RISES) form the foundation for its learning outcomes, be they at course, program, or university level.  The University goals are found within its Vision statement.


The learning outcomes of each course must be aligned with its major program, and if applicable, the NU CORE Experience. In turn, the major program outcomes are aligned with the university’s learning outcomes or goals. Program learning outcomes can be found in the NU catalog.


NU Mission

Neumann University educates a diverse community of learners based upon the belief that knowledge is a gift to be shared in the service of others and that learning is a lifelong process.


NU Vision

Neumann University strives to be a teaching university of distinction, providing innovative, transformational education in the Catholic Franciscan tradition. 
Neumann RISES on the values of Reverence, Integrity, Service, Excellence, and Stewardship and lives the actions these values inspire. 


Neumann’s curriculum promotes thoughtful and ethical leadership in service and response to a global and technologically complex world.


NU Core Values (RISES)

Reverence, Integrity, Service, Excellence, Stewardship
Neumann University, a Catholic university in the Franciscan tradition, promotes the following Core Values as integral to all academic programs, services, partnerships, and co-curricular activities.


    Reverence

  • We honor as sacred the worth and dignity of each person.
  • We celebrate our relationship as sisters and brothers with one another and all creation. 
  • We create a compassionate, welcoming, and reconciling community.

    Integrity

  • We speak the Truth in Love.
  • We act fairly, honestly, and ethically at all times.
  • We accept responsibility for the consequences of our actions.

    Service

  • We serve with humility, compassion, and love.
  • We challenge unjust structures and work for social transformation.
  • We embrace service as a life-long commitment.

    Excellence

  • We perform to the best of our ability the responsibilities entrusted to us.
  • We practice cooperation, rather than competition, in the quest for excellence.
  • We foster academic achievement through a strong, teaching-learning community.

    Stewardship

  • We receive gratefully, use carefully, and share generously the resources available to us.
  • We care for creation as a sacred Gift from God.
  • We promote Catholic Social Teaching by working for peace and justice.

University Goals

Always and everywhere, Neumann University strives to:

 

  - Demonstrate a firm commitment to the Catholic Franciscan tradition.
   
  - Nurture a campus community which lives the values of Reverence, Integrity,
  Service, Excellence and Stewardship.
   
  - Challenge its students to achieve personal, academic, and professional excellence.

 

Neumann University Undergraduate CORE Experience: Learning Outcomes

Active engagement in the Neumann University Core Experience, including credit-bearing courses and co-curricular activities, provides Neumann University graduates the opportunity to achieve the following learning outcomes.

Comprehension: Think critically, creatively, and analytically
Analyze and solve complex problems; demonstrate quantitative reasoning and scientific literacy; and explore the relationship of contemporary and historical events and issues.

Contemplation: Engage in meaningful reflection
Apply the principles and values of the Catholic Franciscan tradition to personal, professional, and societal questions and issues; engage in self-reflection; embrace life-long learning; discern career and vocational choices; and recognize and appreciate creative expression.

Conscience: Act ethically and responsibly
Demonstrate personal, professional, and academic honesty; accept responsibility for the consequences of their actions; engage as responsible members and leaders of diverse groups; and exercise ethical decision-making, informed by the Catholic Franciscan tradition, in a variety of settings.

Compassion: Respect all of creation
Honor the worth and dignity of each person; interact respectfully in the local and global community; engage in service to promote the common good; and demonstrate environmental awareness and stewardship.

Communication: Communicate effectively
Express ideas clearly and effectively in spoken and written form; use technology competently; and access, evaluate, cite, and credit information using accepted conventions.

 

Graduate Program Learning Outcomes

Active engagement in the Graduate Programs offered by Neumann University provides Neumann University graduate students the opportunity to achieve the following learning outcomes:


Comprehension: Think critically, creatively, and analytically

 

Demonstrate knowledge of materials required for competence in field of study; Analyze and solve complex problems; demonstrate quantitative reasoning and scientific literacy; and demonstrate expertise in field of study through competent application

   
 

Achievement of outcomes may be demonstrated through comprehensive program and/or professional testing; measurement/testing by external stake-holders and/or educational partners relevant to field of study; completion of acceptable terminal or capstone scholarly product.


Contemplation: Engage in meaningful reflection

 

Apply the principles and values of the Catholic Franciscan tradition to personal, professional, and societal questions and issues; engage in self-reflection and reflective practice relevant to the field of study; embrace life-long learning as a consequence of meaningful self-reflection.

   
 

Achievement of outcomes may be demonstrated by assessment of student and graduate performance functioning in their field of study; self-reflective assessment following service-learning experiences; self-reported evidence of relevant post-graduate continuing and/or professional education; preparation of a career development plan associated with chosen profession or occupation. 


Conscience: To act ethically and responsibly

 

Manifest social and ethical responsibility, stewardship, and servant leadership. Achievement of outcomes may be demonstrated by development and demonstration of a personal code of conscience related to the social and ethical responsibility of a servant leader in the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition; active engagement in a learning community that assesses, plans and commits to improve self, organizations, and the community at large.


Compassion: As stewards of God’s universe respect all creation

 

Model the highest degree of ethical, professional and academic behavior; demonstrate leadership through interactions that promote justice and foster right relations; consider how choices and actions impact the global community and extend oneself to outreach and service; integrate the knowledge of the discipline with the principles and tenets of the Catholic Franciscan intellectual tradition [CFIT].

   
 

Achievement of outcomes may be demonstrated by ratings given on formative and summative evaluations that assess “best standards” in the field of the discipline; internal and external evaluations that examine student performance in various leadership roles; through use of reflective processes, examination of engagement and meaning-making when involved in roles of service and outreach; through capstone projects, determine the degree of integration of the material from the discipline with principles in the CFIT.


Communication:  Communicate Effectively

 

Demonstrate proficiency in gathering data/research material/evidence; demonstrate proficiency in presenting findings in a logical, methodical, systematic argument.

   
 

Achievement of outcomes may be demonstrated by internal and/or external evaluations, performed by supervisors, of the students’ ability to effectively communicate with colleagues, stakeholders or members of the larger community; completion and presentations/defenses of a scholarly project or dissertation.


Neumann University One Neumann Drive Aston, PA 19014-1298 Phone: 610-459-0905 or 800.9.NEUMANN

Neumann University © 2014. All Rights Reserved.