Critical Thinking

The Drake Curriculum makes an intentional effort to help students acquire the skills for rational analysis and argumentation. Critical Thinking should be purposeful, rigorous, self-reflective, and based on a careful consideration of evidence. Students learn to:

  1. Clearly define a question or problem.
  2. Gather information that is relevant to that problem.
  3. Rigorously identify assumptions and preconceptions, including their own, that influence analysis of that problem.

Link to Approved Course List

Assessment of the AOI

Critical Thinking has been assessed over the last few years to determine students' proficiency in meeting the outcomes. 

A rubric was designed and approved by Faculty Senate in 2006 to assist in reviewing student work: Critical Thinking Rubric

A summary of the first 3 years results of the findings can be found here: Critical Thinking Summary

The 2013 review of capstone work can be found here: CT Capstone Review

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August 29, 2014
In collaboration with UnityPoint Health, Drake University is hosting a panel discussion, “Young People, Substance Abuse and Mental Health: Recognizing the effects of marijuana and other drugs on tomorrow’s leaders.”
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