The Academic Core Experience
At Midland University each student progresses through an academic core experience during their four years of study. The DRIVE framework puts the student in the driver’s seat of their future. The student journey begins on day one as they navigate their personalized roadmap. This university-wide framework is designed to develop skills, create experiences and prepare students to set their course for success. The DRIVE framework is built on five key attributes – Digital Fluency, Research & Critical Thinking, Innovation, Vocation & Leadership, and Engagement & Expression.
D: Digital Fluency
Demonstrating technological skills and information literacy through the use of a wide variety of digital tools; using current technology to enhance and showcase skills and solve complex problems with creative solutions.
R: Research and Critical Thinking
Engaging in analysis and reflection, developing arguments using data; engaging in critical evaluation of information from a variety of sources; demonstrating quantitative, qualitative, and scientific reasoning skills; and completing a discipline specific capstone experience.
Recognizing the need for creative and innovative solutions, developing new ways of thinking and problem solving, with the ability to see things differently than the rest of the world.
V: Vocation and Leadership
Developing professional identity and work ethic, discerning personal vocation and strengths, cultivating professional identity, professional skills and work ethic; working closely and collaborating with individuals, teams and institutions with diverse experiences toward a common goal, with the ability to negotiate and manage conflict.
E: Engagement and Expression
Participating in professional and community experiences with integrity, engaging in ethical reflection, and developing personal agency; recognizing and responding to the culturally and religiously diverse world around us, and demonstrating global and intercultural fluency; connecting personal vocation with the broader world.
Using both oral and written communication to effectively express attitudes, beliefs, and values; engaging in creative and artistic expression; developing clear analyses and adapting creative and appropriate messages to the diverse needs of individuals, groups, and contexts; becoming an engaged, lifelong learner.