Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

The ability to identify and respond to needs based upon an understanding of situational context and logical analysis of relevant information. Exercising sound reasoning to analyze issues, make decisions, and overcome problems. Being able to obtain, interpret, and use knowledge, facts, and data in this process, and demonstrate originality and inventiveness as needed.

Sample Behaviors

  • Make decisions and solve problems using sound, inclusive reasoning and judgment.
  • Gather and analyze information from a diverse set of sources and individuals to fully understand a problem.
  • Proactively anticipate needs and prioritize action steps.
  • Accurately summarize and interpret data with an awareness of personal biases that may impact outcomes.
  • Effectively communicate actions and rationale, recognizing the diverse perspectives and lived experiences of stakeholders.
  • Multi-task well in a fast-paced environment.

Developing Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

  • Participate in Case Competitions
  • Conduct research projects
  • Serve as a leader in a student organization
  • Plan an event
  • Take a course in a new field
  • Evaluate resources, your own thinking, and multiple points of view
  • Ask Questions, and listen
  • Take time to reflect on what you are learning and doing

What does growth look like?

  • Identifies methods to collect, process, and synthesize information
  • Recognizes how to identify and examine a problem
  • Develops possible solutions
  • Collects and applies data, facts, and resources to solve problems
  • Identifies and examines the problem and solutions
  • Selects an appropriate solution to the problem
3Participation/ Proficiency
  • Analyzes and supports a problem to select the most appropriate solution
  • Derives solution from careful identification and examination of a problem
  • Properly applies data, facts, and resources to solve problems from accurate sources
  • Exercise sound reasoning to analyze solutions and issues, make decisions, and overcome problems
  • Articulates problem and is able to reflect on the selection of most appropriate
  • Evaluates the effectiveness of various of data, facts, and resources in problem solving
  • Provides consultation as a resource on different methods to collect, process, and information
  • Designs effective strategies to apply to problem solving
  • Empowers others to identify and solve problems