May 26, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

DU Excellence System

The mission of Davenport University is to “prepare(s) individuals and organizations to excel in the knowledge-driven environment of the 21st century.” To that end, the Davenport University Excellence System was created. The Excellence System consists of nine student learning outcomes that demonstrate professional competencies necessary for graduates to engage in life-long learning and succeed in their chosen profession.


Global & Intercultural Competence

Graduates understand that working and succeeding in an inclusive, international world involves complex issues present in diverse environments.

Civic & Social Responsibility

Graduates recognize the value of civic and social responsibility to empower themselves to make informed decisions and participate in the communities in which they

Ethical Reasoning & Action

Graduates recognize that integrity is an essential component of accountability and is required in the evaluation of differing value systems to determine appropriate courses of action.

Critical & Creative Thinking

Graduates develop an appreciation of the importance of context and perspective when identifying and challenging assumptions, ideas, processes, and experiences.

Analysis & Problem Solving

Graduates use quantitative and qualitative methods of inquiry to assess and evaluate complex problems.

Leadership & Teamwork

Graduates understand how to build, direct and facilitate groups in order to utilize members’ talents to meet attainable goals.

Information & Technology Proficiency

Graduates identify, access and manage information and technology resources effectively in interpersonal, social, and professional settings.

Written Communication

Graduates recognize the potential impact of written documents and effectively adapt the necessary skills to produce appropriate documents in a variety of interpersonal, social and professional settings.

Professional Communication

Graduates understand and demonstrate professional demeanor, presentation and communication skills in a variety of interpersonal, social and professional settings.

Excellence System Certification

Students in select Davenport University academic programs are eligible to apply for Excellence System Certification in all nine competencies. Certified students demonstrate a high level of proficiency in the Excellence System competencies based on an assessment of their assignments, such as papers, projects, and presentations, by a team of faculty evaluators. Certifications enhance the student’s professional profile and help to support success in the chosen profession.

Excellence System Certifications are included on the academic transcript during the semester in which they are earned. Excellence System Certification courses (CERT 401 -CERT 409 ) can be found in the Course Descriptions section of the academic catalog.