NWU Common Institutional Learning Outcomes (CILOs)

Thinking and Reasoning

Graduates of NWU will use critical and creative thinking and quantitative and qualitative reasoning to address complex challenges and everyday problems.


Graduates of NWU will use oral, written, and artistic means of expression to communicate ideas and perspectives clearly while listening openly and learning from others.


Graduates of NWU will demonstrate knowledge of cultural diversity and of inequalities built into social systems in order to promote inclusivity, equity, and social justice in our communities. 


Graduates of NWU will learn from one another’s strengths and challenges to collaborate and contribute toward a common purpose as both members and leaders of diverse groups.

Personal And Social Responsibility

Graduates of NWU will exhibit responsible, ethical, and meaningful civic engagement.

Integration And Specialization

Graduates of NWU will demonstrate specialized expertise and integration of ideas, methods, theory, and practice.