Core Assessment


The core objectives are skills and abilities that the state of Texas and UTA believe all students should possess. Core objectives are often learned in classes but can also be learned in clubs, social organizations, projects, and extracurricular activity. We define and assess the core objectives as a way to measure how we are meeting the mission of the university and how we are creating an environment that fosters growth for these important skills. Core objectives include communication skills, critical thinking skills, empirical and quantitative skills, teamwork, social responsibility, and personal responsibility.

  • Critical Thinking Skills - to include creative thinking, innovation, inquiry, and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information
  • Communication Skills - to include effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and visual communication
  • Empirical and Quantitative Skills - to include the manipulation and analysis of numerical data or observable facts resulting in informed conclusions
  • Teamwork - to include the ability to consider different points of view and to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal
  • Personal Responsibility - to include the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making
  • Social Responsibility - to include intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities.

For more information on the core objectives and why the state of Texas values them, consider visiting the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) website.