First-Year Learning Outcomes

Your time at Goucher will help shape you as a person, a scholar, and a community member, and the following goals are essential to a successful first-year experience.

Seek Challenge

  • Pursue your passions and explore your questions through your coursework and co-curricular endeavors 
  • Understand and accept the expectations placed on you, and you will strive for excellence
  • Develop leadership skills and personal ethics
  • Address new ideas 
  • Develop and sharpen your repertoire of skills to embrace challenges successfully

Improve Academic Skills

  • Make measurable efforts to advance your writing, reading, critical thinking, verbal communication, research, and study skills
  • Begin to understand the importance of cross-disciplinary learning
  • Become familiar with varied resources on campus 
  • Reach out for assistance if you experience academic difficulty

Develop a Plan

  • Develop an understanding and appreciation of the liberal arts tradition and the core curriculum at Goucher College
  • Begin to develop a working plan for your educational path, including a study-abroad plan that is an integral part of your overall academic vision

Engage in the Community

  • Identify with and become involved in the Goucher community in academic, co-curricular, and social arenas
  • Develop the self-awareness and confidence needed to proactively engage with others in and out of the classroom
  • Participate in co-curricular activities, organizations, or initiatives and cultivate at least one mentoring relationship with a staff or faculty member
  • Embrace Goucher's Community Principles of respect, inclusion, communication, service and social justice, and responsibility
  • Develop an awareness of your own identity and place within a diverse community

Venture Out

  • Spend time beyond the Goucher campus, exploring the many opportunities for social and cultural interaction that exist in Baltimore and Washington, DC
  • Familiarize yourself with the numerous community-based learning (off-campus service) opportunities coordinated by Goucher