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Outcomes and Attributes

Common Degree Outcomes

A university education encompasses learning through courses and co-curricular experiences which allow our graduates to achieve Common Degree Outcomes. Our learning community promotes the achievement of six outcomes which become competencies our graduates share.

  • Articulate and apply the principles and values of freedom and free-enterprise.
  • Communicate effectively in speech and writing.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking, analytical skills, and problem-solving proficiency.
  • Demonstrate foundational knowledge of the functional areas of business.
  • Demonstrate acumen applied to the global business environment.
  • Demonstrate effective leadership, teamwork, and interpersonal skills.

Attributes of our Graduates

At Northwood, we emphasize qualitative personal development. Through purposeful programming and course offerings we develop individuals who: can explain their personal values; appreciate the aesthetic, creative and spiritual elements of life; seek lifelong education; are effective self-evaluators and action-oriented.

These attributes encompass our holistic approach to developing the future leaders of a global free-enterprise society.

History of Northwood

In 1959, Dr. Arthur E. Turner and Dr. R. Gary Stauffer founded Northwood Institute in Michigan, with a vision of incorporating the principles of American free-enterprise society into higher education, and over the years, it evolved into Northwood University, continuing to uphold these core values and expanding its programs and international presence.

The Northwood Idea

Northwood University emphasizes education as an investment in the future, promoting competitive effort, freedom, diversity, and the arts while advocating for equal opportunity and skepticism of large government.

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