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Critical Thinking Initiatives

Challenging Students To Think Better

Mission Statement:
Enhance critical thinking skills among Florida State University students through instructional development, campus-wide programming and co-curricular engagement.

Why did you come to college?

Ask any student or graduate and you will get any number of responses?

To get a great job!

To learn more about …

To prepare for the future.

At the heart of all of these answers is the desire to grow as an individual to leave the institution stronger then when you entered. Florida State University has a rich tradition of preparing its graduates to succeed by making the journey meaningful and graduating individuals ready to lead regardless of discipline.

One way in which FSU achieves this success is focusing on critical thinking skills. As an institution, we have nearly 170 years of experience preparing students to think critically and to apply analytical skills in professional, personal and civic arenas.

FSU demonstrates its commitment through the Office of Critical Thinking Initiatives. The Office’s mission is to “enhance critical thinking skills among Florida State University students through instructional development, campus-wide programming and co-curricular engagement.” In order to achieve this goal, the office sponsors programming, supports faculty and students in identifying and implementing innovative instruction and collaborates with campus colleagues leveraging resources to the maximum benefit of the FSU student population.

Ultimately, the Office of Critical Thinking Initiatives aims to enhance student critical thinking skills. We invite you to visit this site frequently to learn about activities, resources and initiatives. More importantly, please contact us with any questions you have or suggestions for activities. After all, improving the student educational experience is the responsibility of every faculty member, staff member and student at FSU.

The Office of Critical Thinking Initiatives
Challenging Students to Think Better!

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TED Talks
Throughout the year, TED presents talks on a variety of topics many of which are both entertaining and informative. We have complied a list of TED Talks related to critical thinking that we hope will inspire faculty and further dialog. If you find a talk you think would be great to add to our list, let us know.

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YouTube Channel
Florida State University has its own YouTube Channel dedicated to critical thinking. Here you will find talks by faculty, administrators, guests and others presented on the FSU campus.

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