Consistent with its mission of providing each undergraduate student with educational experiences employing both conventional classroom instruction and practical, hands-on experience in state-of-the-art simulators, aboard a seagoing training vessel, in shore-side laboratories, and in the workplace, Massachusetts Maritime Academy identified in 2010 a series of student learning outcomes garnered by the typical student while completing the degree program. The competencies stress the importance of the following characteristics and abilities among graduates of the Academy:
o Competency in written, oral, and listening skills;
o Ability to critically and creatively comprehend and evaluate new information and ideas;
o Ability to use quantitative reasoning skills, applying basic concepts of mathematics and science and utilizing relevant computer skills;
o Basic knowledge and understanding of the social, physical, and life sciences;
o Competency within the major.
Leadership and Personal Development
o Ability to work and achieve goals as a member of a team;
o Ability to make rational decisions while complying with a set of standards;
o Ability to perform and behave in a professional manner acceptable for career goals;
o A sense of curiosity;
o Ability to make appropriate future decisions based on past and present conditions and circumstances.
Global Awareness and Social Responsibility
o A sense of global awareness and social responsibility;
o Ability to make decisions and act in a socially responsible manner.
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