Mission Statement, Vision Statement, and SLOs

(August 2020 Revision)

Mission Statement 

WISE strives to help students develop the skills they need to succeed at university anywhere in the English-speaking world and to thrive beyond the university in modern, globalized society. WISE promotes the values of Wisdom, Integrity, Strength, and Empathy as it teaches students to embrace diversity and personal responsibility. 


Vision Statement 

As Taiwan and the world grow increasingly interconnected, WISE works to promote the broad worldview that students need to adapt to a changing planet and to increase international competition. WISE teaches students to be citizen-scholars who act with integrity in and out of the classroom and understand the value of civic responsibility. WISE students learn the value of cross-cultural understanding and tolerance as they prepare for future studies and future careers. WISE students learn to engage in critical analysis as they learn to grow from failure and take ownership of their learning. 


Student Learning Outcomes 


Complex Thinkers

Students will be able to:

  • Adapt to new ideas and challenges, engaging in thoughtful critical inquiry as they encounter new situations and material 

  • Apply classroom learning to the world around them by exploring real phenomena and real-world challenges through coursework and discussion 

  • Engage in effective research, analyzing the results of that research and carefully considering the reliability and expertise of the sources as they draw conclusions based on an analysis of facts 


Effective Communicators

Students will be able to:

  • Listen, speak, read, and write fluently in English across subjects areas of study. 

  • Utilize a range of media, both printed and online, to participate in research and learning, communicate with others, and engage in critical inquiry. 

  • Reflectively and critically articulate opinions and beliefs with support from concrete evidence and examples. 


Independent Learners

Students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate effective self-discipline, by prioritizing their time, completing assignments in a timely manner, and completing work to the best of their abilities 

  • Demonstrate a willingness to take risks and embrace failure as an opportunity to learn, grow, and succeed in the future, with the help and guidance of classmates and staff 

  • Demonstrate critical thinking by making intuitive guesses, asking thoughtful questions, and engaging in thoughtful self-assessment as they work toward their learning goals 


Collaborative Partners

Students will be able to:

  • Employ effective communication strategies toward classmates and staff, while actively participating in classes, projects, and activities 

  • Communicate and compromise with others to set goals, form plans as a group, and carry out those plans to achieve identified goals 

  • Actively contribute to a team, expressing and sharing ideas, acknowledging individual strengths and differences, and taking on different roles based on the needs of the team 


Responsible Global Citizens

Essential Characteristics:  
Students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a familiarity with a diverse range of cultures from around the world and an appreciation of the value diversity can bring to discussions or activities 

  • Express an active concern for global issues and international situations, including engaging in thoughtful, critical discussion of current global events 

  • Engage in a considered, critical examination of cultures, respectfully discussing their history and values while retaining objectivity when discussing sensitive issues 


Compassionate Individuals  

Essential Characteristics:  
Students will be able to:

  • Effectively communicate their feelings to classmates and staff and actively help build a mutual understanding of the value of respect 

  • Contribute to a welcoming environment by demonstrating an understanding of the feelings and needs of others 

  • Accept differences between individuals, treating classmates and school staff with sensitivity and respect regardless of those differences