Values of Co-Curricular Learning at Lake Superior State University

It is the belief that all student organizations are co-curricular in nature in that each organization provides the student(s) with valuable learning experiences outside of the classroom.

The co-curricular experience at Lake Superior State University includes both formal and informal out-of-class learning opportunities. These include involvement with clubs and organizations, workshops, lectures, living-learning communities, and intramural and recreation programs.

Co-Curricular Learning

Knowledge Acquisition/Application

-Develop an understanding of knowledge from a range of disciplines/areas

-Demonstrate the ability to integrate and apply ideas and themes across the curriculum and co-curriculum.


Cognitive Competency

-Acquire learning skills to assist in their academic success

-Develop critical and reflective thinking abilities

-Apply effective reasoning skills


Life Skills and Self-Knowledge

-Determine their career interests

-Acquire career management skills

-Develop the ability to manage and resolve interpersonal conflicts

-Cultivate a propensity for lifelong learning

-Develop personal health, fitness, wellness and leisure habits and identify health risks

-Improve self-understanding and awareness by developing an integrated personal identity (including sex, gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, culture and spiritual)

-Exhibit responsible decision-making and personal accountability


Personal Integrity and Values

-Acquire ethical reasoning skills

-Improve their ability to manage their emotions effectively

-Develop a sense of personal integrity and clarify their personal values

-Appreciate creative expression and aesthetics

-Demonstrate compassion and empathy for others


Intercultural Development

-Possess multicultural awareness and knowledge

-Develop sensitivity to and appreciation of human differences

-Exhibit the ability to work effectively with those different from themselves

-Demonstrate a commitment to social justice


Leadership and Active Citizenship

-Communicate effectively with others both verbally and in writing

-Demonstrate an understanding of group dynamics and effective teamwork

-Understand leadership theory and styles

-Identify their own leadership style when working with others

-Develop a range of leadership skills and abilities such as effectively leading change, resolving conflict, and motivating others

-Develop a deep understanding of sustainability (locally, nationally, globally) and be prepared to lead others in the implementation of strategies for sustainable resource use on campus and in their communities

-Assume a sense of civic responsibility and a commitment to public life