Ideal Student Exercise
This exercise asks faculty members to write a recommendation letter for the ideal student graduating from their department. What skills, knowledge, experiences, and values should they have been exposed to or gained from going through the program? This visioning process helps the department as a whole to lay out its program-level goals explicitly and begin to think strategically about how to attain them.
Write a recommendation letter for an ideal student in your program who is a new graduate, applying for graduate school or a job. In the letter, describe some of the following:
- What kind of person will this graduate be?
- What will they be able to do?
- What will they know?
- What skills will they have?
- How will they behave?
- What will they value?
You can assume that these graduates have already met (in general) the institutional student learning outcomes.