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Cognitive and Practical Skills

The Cognitive and Practical Skills domain involves acquiring and analyzing knowledge and skills and integrating them in a way that allows for effectively managing one’s daily affairs and meeting personal and social responsibilities. Cognitive and practical competencies are key to enhancing individual and community well-being and to living a life of purpose.

Learning Outcome

Students who participate in Student Affairs programs, activities and services will acquire and use cognitive and practical skills that will enable them to live healthy, productive, and purposeful lives.


Critical Thinking/Problem Solving
Life Skills
Career Development

Engages in behaviors and contributes to environments that promote personal health and wellness and reduce risk both personally and within the community

Communication Skills

Examples of Programs, Activities, and Services

Below are some examples of programs, activities, and services where students can learn about cognitive and practical skills: