Portrait of a Norton Graduate
PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY & ACCOUNTABILITY
Act responsibly with the interests of the larger community in mind. Demonstrate personal integrity, honesty, and ethical behavior.
SOCIAL & CROSS-CULTURAL SKILLS
Learn from and work collaboratively with individuals representing diverse cultures, religions, and lifestyles in a spirit of mutual respect and open dialogue in personal, work and community contexts. Know when it is appropriate to listen and when to speak. Conduct themselves in a respectable, professional manner. Respect cultural differences and work effectively with people from a range of social and cultural backgrounds. Leverage social and cultural differences to create new ideas and increase both innovation and quality of work.
CREATIVITY & INNOVATION
Use a wide range of idea creation techniques (such as brainstorming, divergent & convergent thinking).Elaborate, refine, analyze and evaluate their own ideas in order to improve and maximize creative efforts. Demonstrate originality and inventiveness in work and understand the real world limits to adopting new ideas. View failure as an opportunity to learn; understand that creativity and innovation is a long-term, cyclical process of small success and frequent mistakes. Act on creative ideas to make a tangible and useful contribution to the field in which the innovation will occur.
CRITICAL THINKING & PROBLEM SOLVING
Collect, assess and analyze relevant information. Reason effectively. Use systems thinking. Make sound judgements and decisions. Identify, define and solve authentic problems and essential questions. Reflect critically on learning experiences, processes and solutions.
FLEXIBILITY & ADAPTABILITY
Adapt to varied roles, jobs, responsibilities, schedules and contexts. Work effectively in a climate of ambiguity and changing priorities. Incorporate feedback effectively. Deal positively with praise, setbacks and criticism. Understand, negotiate and balance diverse views and beliefs to reach workable solutions, particularly in multi-cultural environments.
INFORMATION, COMMUNICATION, & TECHNOLOGY LITERACY
Use digital technology, communications tools, and/or networks to assess, manage, integrate, evaluate, and create information in order to function in a knowledge society. Apply a fundamental understanding of the ethical/legal issues surrounding the access and use of information technologies.