The Connections objectives have been framed as three big questions that students should be able to answer at the end of the course. In referencing assignments, workshops, and activities back to the big questions, we focus on the "whys" and "hows" of a university education. The intention is to help students become "intentional learners" who understand how to get the most out of their education and how to address challenges that affect college students.
- What does it mean to become a learner, and what are the intellectual habits of mind that allow learners to contribute to society—within professions and communities—as Citizen Scholars?
- How is the Utah State University degree and each course intentionally designed to help me become a Citizen Scholar?
- How will I intentionally design my university experience in order to develop the intellectual habits of mind needed to contribute to my community as a Citizen Scholar?
- What behavioral habits of mind do successful students have?
- What behavioral habits do I have that are productive, and which do I need to develop to succeed at the university and beyond?
- How will I intentionally engage with available resources to help me meet my goals?
- What are the shared values of the university community, and what is my role in enacting these values?
- How do I develop a sense of belonging, engage in the university community, and find my place in the Aggie family?
- What have I learned from Connections about how to intentionally build and maintain mentoring relationships?