ILO: Apply Critical Thinking to Problem Solving

Suggested Sample Performance Indicators

Program leads are encouraged to establish performance indicators appropriate to the program or discipline. Program leads and faculty are encouraged to use and adapt VALUE rubrics provided by the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

Apply Critical Thinking to Problem Solving

Evaluate information, sources, arguments, opinions, and issues to solve problems.

  • Issue or problem to be considered critically is stated clearly and described comprehensively.
  • Information is taken from reliable sources with enough interpretation/evaluation to develop a comprehensive analysis/synthesis or solution.
  • Position or solution takes into account the complexities of an issue or problem; multiple perspectives are examined and synthesized.
  • Identify multiple approaches for solving the problem.
  • Evaluation of solutions contains a thorough explanation and includes the following: considers history of problem, reviews logic/reasoning, examines feasibility of solution, and weighs impacts of solution.

These performance indicators were adapted in part with permission from Assessing Outcomes and Improving Achievement: Tips and tools for Using Rubrics, edited by Terrel L. Rhodes. Copyright 2010 by the Association of American Colleges and Universities.