Lists of Shared Capacities

In fall 2013, the Shared Capacities Subcommittee offered a working long list of shared capacities that all New School undergraduates should develop by the time they graduate, regardless of division or program. This list was meant to be a catalyst for the university-wide conversation.

On the basis of the conversations in the fall and formal feedback received over the winter, the Shared Capacities Subcommittee has developed two versions of a shorter list of Shared Capacities. The subcommittee is seeking feedback from the New School community and requesting ideas for other versions of shorter lists that use the university's mission and vision statements as context.

Shorter List Number One

Artistic Engagement

Experiencing, creating, and interpreting aesthetic and symbolic expression both for its own sake and as a significant tool for facilitating mutual experience and communication; producing and organizing social and cultural life; and developing empathy and curiosity.

Civic Engagement

Participating in society and civic life with impact, knowledge, and inspiration; taking responsibility, assessing one’s own ethical values and the social context of problems; connecting with and contributing to the local and the global with cultural awareness, sensitivity, and a sense of the ethical ramifications of personal actions.

Creative Thinking

Exercising innovation as a practice by generating new content; taking risks; working with others; synthesizing ideas in original ways.

Critical Thinking

Actively searching out information and input; analyzing information and exploring concepts and ideas with rigor before formulating an opinion or judgment

Empirical Reasoning

Understanding and evaluating evidence, including quantitative and social and scientific approaches; utilizing calculations and visualizations to evaluate arguments and arrive at conclusions.

Language Literacy

Comprehending written and oral concepts, discussions, arguments, and expressions as well as developing and expressing ideas effectively through language.

Problem Solving

Designing and implementing strategies that address complex issues; discovering processes that lead to solutions, including the use of collaboration to effectively work together to solve problems.

Reflective Learning

Cultivating an awareness of one’s own learning process; observing one’s past, present, and future trajectory; articulating personal methods to reach goals and dreams; envisioning oneself as a lifelong learner.

Research Literacy

Recognizing when evidence is needed; ability to locate, evaluate, and effectively and responsibly use that information.

Social Justice

Identifying systemic inequities that result from relationships of power and difference and developing and evaluating inclusive and ethical strategies that address issues such as access, agency, sustainability, cultural contexts, and representation.

Shorter List Number Two

Civic Engagement

Participating in society and civic life with impact, knowledge, and inspiration; taking responsibility. Considering the ramifications of engagement in terms of relationships, interconnectedness, context, culture, access, and agency

Collaboration

Using interpersonal skills to effectively work together to address problems and issues, create new projects, asking questions with one another; listening; giving space and voice to all team members.

Creative Thinking

Exercising innovation as a practice by generating new content, synthesizing ideas in original ways, taking risks, and manipulating and recombining cultural, artistic, symbolic, and philosophical materials in novel ways.

Critical Thinking

Analyzing and exploring information, data, concepts, and ideas with rigor before formulating an opinion or judgment. Expanding one’s personal understanding by actively researching information, formulating theses, and objectively evaluating hypotheses.

Ethical Contextualization

Assessing one’s own ethical values and the social context of problems; recognizing ethical issues in a variety of settings; thinking about how differences in perspective might be applied to dilemmas and practices in considering ethical ramifications of alternative actions.

Literacy

Comprehending concepts, interactions, points of view, and expressions as well as developing and expressing ideas fluently and effectively. Literacy applies particularly to written and oral communication but may include, in addition, literacy in other media such as movement, sound, design, etc.

Problem Solving

Designing and implementing strategies to address issues; discovering processes that lead to solutions in person, collaborative, and societal settings that are viable in the short and long term. Fostering the skills and agility to adapt to changing circumstances in social, personal, and technological environments.

Reflective Learning

Cultivating an awareness of one’s own learning process; observing one’s past, present, and future trajectory; articulating personal methods to set and reach goals and dreams; envisioning oneself as a lifelong learner.

 
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