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Problem Solving

Problem solving is the process of designing, evaluating and implementing a strategy to answer an open-ended question or achieve a desired goal.”
(AAC&U Problem Solving VALUE Rubric)

CITE experiences that include problem solving as a learning outcome may allow students to develop a problem when given a specific context and to create multiple strategies for solving the problem. They may require students to evaluate several components of problem solving, including possible solutions, the implementation process, and the outcomes of the activity.  Here are some examples of ways that problem solving can be integrated in a CITE project as a learning outcome:

  • Students interning with their local government are engaged in the process of
    coming up with potential solutions for homelessness that are culturally and contextually
    relevant.
  • Before presenting recommendations for expanding an after school program
    for middle school students, participants are required to create a rubric to evaluate each
    solution they create and to present their ranking and defense of each solution.
  • To address potential conflict that might arise in their teams, students are
    required to create guidelines for conflict resolution and, as part of their co-curricular
    experience, submit reflections on how they resolved any conflict.
CITE has developed the Problem Solving Rubric Template, based on AAC&U's Problem Solving VALUE Rubric, and the STEM Problem Solving Rubric Template to assist program leaders in developing their own rubrics for this learning outcome. You are welcome to draw on the linked editable files while designing a rubric for your program.