To achieve this vision and accomplish these transformations, student learning experiences are guided by a recursive, intellectual development process inherent in the following goals:

To transform experience into information, Ball State graduates are intentional learners who

  • accurately observe and measure elements of the natural and social worlds,
  • are alert to the importance of context,
  • explore diverse ways of knowing,
  • develop strategies for reflecting on experience.  

To transform information into knowledge, Ball State graduates are informed, flexible thinkers who

  • analyze data to reveal existing patterns of information and to create new patterns;
  • understand the various ways that information is incorporated into branches of knowledge;
  • work independently as well as collaboratively to generate knowledge;
  • develop an intellectual framework with which to synthesize information from multiple sources;
  • adapt their intellectual framework to accommodate new information;
  • develop the art of communication—oral, visual, and written--in more than one language (natural and/or symbolic).  

To transform knowledge into judgment, Ball State graduates are critical and creative thinkers who

  • use multiple sources of information and knowledge in forming judgments;
  • evaluate strengths and weaknesses of arguments and actions;
  • understand the ethical implications of possessing and using knowledge;
  • take an inquiring stance toward the world while appreciating the contributions of tradition;
  • consider and understand others’ values as well as their own;
  • value diversity in the social and natural world;
  • develop effective decision-making strategies based on an awareness of their own strengths and weaknesses;
  • understand how their actions affect the complex, interrelated systems that compose our environment.

To transform judgment into action, Ball State graduates are responsible learners who

  • recognize the responsibilities of an educated person to self, family, community, country, and the world;
  • accept the responsibility to act on their principles;
  • adapt to change;
  • work with others to overcome obstacles to communication, building consensus for action;
  • communicate effectively—in oral, visual and written modes, and in more than one language (natural and/or symbolic);
  • adopt habits of mind for continuous inquiry about themselves, others, and the world;
  • act responsibly given the dangers to and the fragility of the natural environment;
  • make and act on a commitment to health and wellness.