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Transferable Skills Matrix

Universal Skills

Transferable skills that students have the opportunity to develop regardless of their chosen major

Transferable Skill LEARNING OUTCOMES: Students who demonstrate this skill will be able to... Examples of how students obtain skill through assignments
Plan/organize/prioritize Ensure the smooth operation of a highly detailed project or a particular group, e.g. training new people or managing conflicts. Project or event plan, including goals and objectives, budget, timeline, and marketing ideas.
Assignment that requires organization of many details.
Flexibility/Adaptability Understand that change is important in learning the extent of your capabilities. Example of how your students revitalized, repositioned, or retired a project and/or idea that was no longer successful.
Resourcefulness Deal well with new or difficult situations and find solutions to problems. Assignments that involve cases, in which students must solve problems strategically, creatively and resourcefully. Student must then present their ideas in a professional manner.
Work ethic/discipline/motivation Accept that good results require hard work, a sense of responsibility, an emphasis on quality, a high level of commitment, and drive. Student presentations in which they give examples of their values, multicultural and volunteer experiences, tenacity and commitment to excellence.
Case studies from popular culture – movies, for example - that illustrate ethics, discipline and motivation.
Vincentian values Articulate their own beliefs and convictions about what it means to be human and to create a just society Articulate what is entailed in becoming a self-directed ethical decision-maker and living a life of personal integrity.

Analytical Skills

Transferable Skill LEARNING OUTCOMES: Students who demonstrate this skill will be able to... Examples of how students obtain skill through assignments
Analytical Thinking/Quantitative Assessment Visualize, articulate and discover more efficient ways to perform a task. Organize thoughts and articulate them in a concise and coherent manner. Assess the validity of a situation, research, statement or story. Understand how to apply theory to practice. Class projects where your students must analyze data.
Course assignments that strengthen logic and reasoning skills to solve a problem.
Assigned paper or proposal which requires students to reflect on and articulate what influenced their point of view.
Final exam where your students must integrate and assess information from a wide variety of sources.
Decision-making Apply a cognitive process resulting in the selection of a belief or a course of action among several alternative possibilities. Projects in which students identify and choose alternatives, based on their knowledge, values and data sources, and then formulate an action plan.
Ethical reasoning and judgment Apply principles relating to right and wrong conduct. Assigned paper or case study in which students provide an ethical judgment and the reasoning that underlies that judgment.
Navigate ambiguity Resolve a concept, idea statement or claim whose meaning, intention or interpretation cannot be clearly determined. Assignment which requires a student to make the best possible decision based on information available, even without the whole picture.
Require students to develop strategies to cope with uncertain and risky situations and adapt to change.
Problem solving/critical thinking Use knowledge, facts, and data to effectively solve problems within a reasonable time frame. Use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. Assignments in which students can work through problems on their own or as an effective member of a team.
Assignments that involve goal setting, decision-making, self-advocacy and problem solving.

Creativity & Communication Skills

Transferable Skill LEARNING OUTCOMES: Students who demonstrate this skill will be able to... Examples of how students obtain skill through assignments
Creativity and Innovation Combine knowledge from different areas to produce unique ideas or solutions. Use imagination, visualization, design, aesthetic, social and literary talents. Properly define a problem or potential design opportunity through the use of research, interviews and observations. Generate creative ideas through brainstorming, for example. Proposal for a different approach and/or an improvement to a problem.
New product, policy or process (or an enhancement of these) your student must develop.
Marketing or promotional materials your students must develop.
Creatively-designed and impressive e-portfolio, containing artifacts that represent your students’ skills and accomplishments.
Influence/persuade Persuade or induce someone to follow a course of action or acceptance of something. Proactively shift the thinking, actions, and even the emotional state of other people. Influence skill activities that build trust: making people feel uniquely special, offering lots of information, telling a story, making realistic promises and providing a high level of service.
Interpersonal skills Successfully communicate and interact with others, both individually and in groups. Activities in which students demonstrate verbal and non-verbal communication (body language), listening skills, negotiation, problem solving, decision making, and appropriate assertiveness with others.
Description of experience in which students successfully resolved a conflict with colleagues outside of their team.
Listening skills Actively listen by keeping an open mind and concentrating on the main direction of the speaker’s message. Students’ reflection and feed-back demonstrating understanding of a proposal or instructions.
Multicultural understanding Interact with others from different cultural backgrounds in a culturally appropriate manner. Understand the unique perceptions, thoughts, feelings and actions of another cultural group. Communicate effectively and appropriately in intercultural situations. Be fluent in at least one language other than their primary language. Study abroad, service-learning or internship experience, during which students learn about another culture.
Write-up about how your students strengthened a team because they understand differences.
Students learn an additional language.
Paper which demonstrates knowledge about a cultural group other than the students’ own.
Professionalism Exhibit the knowledge/skills, good judgment and attitude, integrity, polite behavior and appropriate dress that are expected from a person in his/her workplace. Assignments which require learning the characteristics of professionalism, including scenarios, case studies, videos and discussion groups.
Description of the type of culture students would work best in: work style they prefer, how they envision relationships with co-workers, what values are important, a description of their dream job.
Students are on time to class and are actively engaged without checking personal devices or doing things unrelated to coursework.
Students ignore text messages and phone calls in class and during faculty/staff appointments.
Verbal communication Speak clearly to convey messages in a calm and focused way. Foster interpersonal relations. Oral presentation or performance, in which your students must summarize, organize, persuade, relay and receive information.
Class discussions in which your students must express their thoughts/feelings in an appropriate and articulate manner.
Written communication Convey ideas and messages with clarity, free of grammatical errors. Paper in which students have to make an argument and assemble evidence in support of it.
Writing assignments in which students discover, examine, and test their ideas about readings, class discussions and lectures.

Leadership & Teamwork Skills

Transferable Skill LEARNING OUTCOMES: Students who demonstrate this skill will be able to... Examples of how students obtain skill through assignments
Collaboration Work with others to reach a collective objective by sharing knowledge, learning and building consensus. Group activity in which team members must build trust, share ideas and share responsibility for the team’s process, climate and outcomes.
Initiative Work with little or no direction. Be resourceful in coming up with a solution to a problem or challenge. New idea your students must propose and develop.
Assignment that requires an effective or imaginative solution to a problem. Students recount their own success stories, with examples.
Students recount an example of a failure and what they learned.
Leadership Apply social influence which maximizes the efforts of others, towards the achievement of a goal. Overcome adversity/ failure. Ask powerful questions. Introduce new ideas. New project your students develop and implement.
Project or team your students lead.
Teamwork Work with others to complete a specific task or goal. Demonstrate reliability by following through, with minimal supervision, on group tasks. Define common goals and reach consensus. Group projects/presentations that demonstrate how each student’s skills contributed to the overall success of the project.
Tasks required on a study abroad, service learning or internship, in which your students must interact with others.

Technical & Information Skills

Transferable Skill LEARNING OUTCOMES: Students who demonstrate this skill will be able to... Examples of how students obtain skill through assignments
Research Develop and refine search strategies, evaluating sources as to accuracy, validity, appropriateness for needs, importance, and social and cultural context Persist in gathering information despite challenges Respect intellectual property rights. Require students to discuss the benchmarks they used for evaluating a website.
Challenge teams to find a well-researched answer to a question that can’t be found on Google, e.g., opinion questions.
Assign students research to analyze.
Assign project that requires data sampling or statistics. Ask students how the data reinforced their initial thoughts or sent them in a different direction.
Information Technology Application Demonstrate knowledge and experience with computer hardware and software. Troubleshoot problems with a particular system. Specific software programs students must use to complete projects.
New digital tools and other technologies students must use in projects.
Reports students create that analyze and summarize data.
Assignment in which students analyze an organization’s online presence.