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Learner Dispositions

Through its programs in the School of Nursing, the Department of Public Health Sciences, the Department of Parks Recreation and Tourism Management, the Department of Youth, Family and Community Studies, and other support units, the College of HEHD strives for excellence in teaching, research and outreach/service while developing human potential.

HEHD strives to educate leaders who are prepared to create and administer integrated education, health, and human-service systems. These leaders will be capable of bringing the collective resources of the community together to address the concerns and challenges facing many citizens of South Carolina.

The intent is to produce resilient change agents in their respective fields. The assumptions contained will enable our students to attain the requisite competencies either formally (through classes or creative inquiry) or informally (through extracurricular activities). In each case, students will be required to provide and archive documentation/evidence of their having attained the knowledge, skill or disposition.

This scaffold will be structured to enable our graduates to develop, practice, and inculcate the knowledge, skills and dispositions. There are four pillars supporting the scaffold. The freshman year will be dedicated to creativity, the sophomore year to leadership, the junior year to group dynamics, and the senior year to entrepreneurship. The scaffold consists of knowledge, skills and dispositions.

Knowledge (what our students know) and skills (what our students can do) comprise the mass of our curriculum and the basis of the scaffold. Our curricula are informed by faculty expertise; however, there are other drivers and determinants of curriculum, including but not limited to: accrediting bodies, professional organizations, departmental advisory boards, requirements for licensure and/or certification, national and state standards, federal and state legislation (NCLB and EEDA), other appropriate sources of best practice (21st-century skills, for example), research and scholarship. Knowledge and skills are the heart of the curriculum, and our faculty are the stewards of the curriculum. We deliver the curriculum through our program areas of public health sciences, nursing, parks, recreation and tourism management, and youth, family and community studies.

Dispositions are determined by what we value, and HEHD is committed to preparing professionals, who, in addition to content knowledge and skills, hold these six dispositions:

  • Possessing skills necessary to work collaboratively with individuals, families, and community groups from diverse backgrounds;
  • Possessing skills necessary to lead effectively and creatively in complex and changing environments and to become agents of change;
  • Demonstrating flexibility, resilience, and adaptability, caring, ethical decision-making and ethical conduct;
  • Possessing knowledge of organizational behavior and how governance and systems work;
  • Engaging in professional development for continual growth and lifelong learning; and
  • Attaining a global perspective and level of knowledge and skill necessary to succeed in a complex global economy.
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