Students demonstrate critical thinking.

Introduction to Critical Thinking for LLU

Critical thinking is promoted throughout all programs across Loma Linda University. The definition that AAC&U used for the critical thinking rubric is: "Critical thinking is a habit of mind characterized by the comprehensive exploration of issues, ideas, artifacts and events before accepting or formulating an opinion or conclusion."

This basic definition can be expanded in the critical thinking rubric when skill-focused programs contextualize it to meet their unique needs through the optional Professional ILO approach.

LLU Critical Thinking Rubrics

Professional Institutional Learning Outcomes

In today’s world it is important for all LLU graduates to have excellent professional skills in addition to being experts in their fields in both knowledge and skills.  Certainly LLU graduates should have excellent critical thinking, oral and written communication, information literacy, and quantitative reasoning skills that are appropriate to their discipline and level. Whole patient care depends on these kinds of professionals. Thus, clinical versions of the rubrics or those from professional accreditors are now appropriate to use with students in clinical programs. It is an alternative assessment approach for programs that have trouble using the standard Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs) and rubrics to fit their discipline/profession and level.

LLU Professional Critical Thinking Rubric

To learn more about Professional ILOs, read this:

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