Achievement-Centered Education: ACE

ACE logo

UNL has been selected to receive a Spencer Grant along with Duke University and the University of Kansas. This grant opportunity will allow the three universities to participate in the Spencer Foundation's new initiative on Data Use and Educational Improvement. The goal is to examine the conditions, contexts, and underlying factors and processes that affect how educational organizations use data and information for improvement, specifically in the area of the ACE general education program at UNL.

ACE your education

Approved in January 2008 by the faculty of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, our new Achievement-Centered General Education Program (ACE) is built on student learning outcomes that answer the fundamental question, "What should all undergraduate students--irrespective of their majors and career aspirations--know or be able to do upon graduation?"

Institutional Objectives and Student Learning Outcomes

Approved by UNL faculty as of January 2008

Print Institutional Objectives and Student Learning Outcomes PDF

Develop intellectual and practical skills, including proficiency in written, oral, and visual communication; inquiry techniques; critical and creative thinking; quantitative applications; information assessment; teamwork; and problem-solving.

ACE 1. Write texts, in various forms, with an identified purpose, that respond to specific audience needs, incorporate research or existing knowledge, and use applicable documentation and appropriate conventions of format and structure.
ACE 2. Demonstrate communication competence in one or more of the following ways: (a) by making oral presentations with supporting materials, (b) by leading and participating in problem-solving teams, (c) by employing a repertoire of communication skills for developing and maintaining professional and personal relationships, or (d) by creating and interpreting visual information.
ACE 3. Use mathematical, computational, statistical, or formal reasoning (including reasoning based on principles of logic) to solve problems, draw inferences, and determine reasonableness.

Build knowledge of diverse peoples and cultures and of the natural and physical world through the study of mathematics, sciences and technologies, histories, humanities, arts, social sciences, and human diversity.

ACE 4. Use scientific methods and knowledge of the natural and physical world to address problems through inquiry, interpretation, analysis, and the making of inferences from data, to determine whether conclusions or solutions are reasonable.
ACE 5. Use knowledge, historical perspectives, analysis, interpretation, critical evaluation, and the standards of evidence appropriate to the humanities to address problems and issues.
ACE 6. Use knowledge, theories, methods, and historical perspectives appropriate to the social sciences to understand and evaluate human behavior.
ACE 7. Use knowledge, theories, or methods appropriate to the arts to understand their context and significance.

Exercise individual and social responsibilities through the study of ethical principles and reasoning, application of civic knowledge, interaction with diverse cultures, and engagement with global issues.

ACE 8. Explain ethical principles, civics, and stewardship, and their importance to society.
ACE 9. Exhibit global awareness or knowledge of human diversity through analysis of an issue.

Integrate these abilities and capacities, adapting them to new settings, questions, and responsibilities.

ACE 10. Generate a creative or scholarly product that requires broad knowledge, appropriate technical proficiency, information collection, synthesis, interpretation, presentation, and reflection.