The University of Ottawa used a participatory methodology to develop this institutional competency framework. Representatives from all faculties at the faculty, service and student levels contributed to the selection and refinement of terminology for these competencies.

Wheel with eleven competencies in different colors
Wheel of competencies

This tool aims to integrate academic and experiential competencies that support the quality of the student experience on campus. By establishing a common vocabulary for the development of learning outcomes for all learning activities, we can help students better understand the competencies they can acquire throughout their academic career.

Critical thinking

Problem solving and creativity



Autonomy and resiliency

Intellectual curiosity and lifelong learning



Civic engagement


Digital capacity