The mission of the Students as Scholars initiative is to foster a culture of student scholarship through increased participation in and celebration of scholarly activities. Student learning will be enhanced through a process of scholarly inquiry, where scholarship is valued as a core practice of the Mason student experience.
As illustrated below, the Students as Scholars student learning outcomes are organized to build on increasing levels of student engagement in scholarship, starting with discovery, moving through scholarly inquiry, and culminating with active student scholarship.
Download our Students as Scholars Program Rubrics (designed for curriculum development and student assessment) and Product (designed for individual project assessment) Rubrics, both of which align with our Student Learning Outcomes.
Students as Scholars student learning outcomes are meant to build on increasing levels of student engagement in scholarship, starting with discovery, moving through scholarly inquiry, and culminating with active student scholarship.
Universal Student Learning Outcome
- Students will discover how they can engage in the process of scholarship.
Discovery of Scholarship
- Students will understand how knowledge is generated and disseminated through scholarship, and the importance of scholarship to society.
- Students will articulate a scholarly question; engage in the key elements of the scholarly process; and situate the concepts, practices, or results of scholarship within a broader context.
Creation of Scholarship
- Students will create an original scholarly or creative project.
- Students will communicate knowledge from an original scholarly or creative project.
- Student scholarship is pervasive on campus.
- Undergraduate degree programs offer opportunities for student scholarly inquiry, creative activities, and research.
- Faculty support undergraduate students in scholarly inquiry, creative activities, and research.
- Students participate in scholarship, creative activities, or research.
- Students have opportunities to communicate the results of their research or creative activities.
- Students who have participated in scholarly activities are prepared for their career goals and advanced study.