What is unique and valued about CAP?
Five primary characteristics guide the Common Academic Program. First, the CAP intentionally sequences courses so that over time students build knowledge of and expertise in understanding, analyzing, and demonstrating the seven central learning goals and outcomes. Second, it calls on students to integrate what they learn by requiring them to take courses which intentionally cross disciplinary boundaries and incorporate relevant non-classroom experiences. Third, the CAP emphasizes assessment of student learning to guide continual course improvement. Fourth, students are engaged through application of knowledge in learning centered tasks. Finally, professional and vocational learning opportunities are expansive and include skills valued by employers: communication, decision-making, and critical thinking.
Why should students care about this kind of education?
The University of Dayton created the Common Academic Program (CAP) to address the learning needs of students who will be leaders in the 21st Century. As leaders, graduates must respond well to rapid and sometimes dramatic changes in society and the workplace, a need the CAP addresses through engaging and informative introductions to a range of academic disciplines which students critique and synthesize. University of Dayton students will prepare for the future by applying knowledge, skills and values to real life experiences, through broad exploration, by linking theory and creative thought with practice, and through integrative involvement. Experiences at the University of Dayton will enable graduates to be recognized for their outstanding abilities and their meaningful contributions to the workplace and society.