Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Ability to recognize and define a question or issue, integrate and analyze relevant data and resources and engage in creating and implementing innovative ideas to achieve the most effective conclusion or resolution.

Improve Your Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Competency

  • Put extra effort into critical thinking and quantitative reasoning assignments in your General Education courses; they are a great foundation for developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills desired by employers
  • Use the Stetson duPont-Ball Library Innovation Lab to learn a new skill or create something
  • Find a community agency nearby that needs help with solving an issue using HatterSync
  • Learn to create and think like an entrepreneur; sign up for the Entrepreneurship major or minor
  • In addition to your senior project or capstone, consider being involved with research or creative projects prior to your senior year

Describe Your Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving Competency to Employers and Grad Schools

  • Organize and meaningfully analyze and interpret qualitative and quantitative data
  • Design and execute plans to implement research study or resolve issues
  • Follow detailed instructions applying what others have developed
  • Troubleshoot problems
  • Explore issues and identify and define problems to be solved
  • Gather evidence and retrieve and classify valid data using research skills
  • Evaluate options
  • Derive conclusions
  • Create hypotheses or theses
  • Formulate research designs
  • Systematize and organize
  • Analyze research findings
  • Make decisions and independently solve problems in a timely manner
  • Independently identify relevant and missing information
  • Obtain and process relevant information
  • Understand the influence of context and assumptions
  • Recognize there may be more than one valid point of view
  • Evaluate an issue or problem based on multiple perspectives while accounting for personal biases
  • Identify when information is missing or, if there is a problem, prior to drawing conclusions and making decisions
  • Summarize and synthesize key issues
  • Articulate my position using evidence-based arguments
  • Generate a set of alternative courses of action
  • Evaluate alternatives using a set of criteria
  • Select and implement the most effective solution
  • Monitor and evaluate a solution for continuous improvement purposes
  • Assess my own personal and moral values and perspectives as well as those of other stakeholders
  • Integrate my values and perspectives into an ethical framework for decision making
  • Consider my intentions and the short- and long-term consequences of my actions and the ethical principles that apply in the situation before making decisions

Rubrics to Assess Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Learning

  • University of Northern Iowa: Some Links for Rubrics to Evaluate Critical Thinking
  • Texas Women’s University Empirical Quantitative Skills Rubric
  • TAMU Critical Thinking Rubric
  • Winona State University QEP Critical Thinking Rubric
  • Washington State University Critical and Integrative Thinking Rubric
  • Northeastern Illinois University Critical Thinking Rubric (can attach a .pdf file)
  • Rollins College Critical Thinking Rubric (have .pdf and .doc file)
  • Rollins College Ethical Reasoning Rubric (have .pdf and .doc file)
  • Rollins College Problem Solving Rubric (have .pdf and .doc file)
  • AAC&U Creative Thinking Value Rubric (can attach a .pdf and .doc file)
  • AAC&U Critical Thinking Value Rubric (can attach a .pdf and .doc file)
  • AAC&U Inquiry and Analysis Value Rubric (can attach a .pdf and .doc file)
  • AAC&U Problem Solving Value Rubric (can attach a .pdf and .doc file)
  • AAC&U Reading Value Rubric (can attach a .pdf and .doc file)
  • AAC&U Quantitative Literacy Value Rubric (can attach a .pdf and .doc file)