Essential Learning Outcomes

The Essential Learning Outcomes (ELOs) define the knowledge and skills gained from a liberal education, providing a framework to guide students’ cumulative progress.

The VALUE rubrics articulate basic criteria for each ELO with performance guidelines demonstrating progressively more sophisticated levels of achievement. Educators can translate the ELOs laid out in each VALUE rubric into the language of individual courses, disciplines, and campuses. Beginning in school, and continuing at successively higher levels across their college studies, students should prepare for twenty-first-century challenges by gaining:

Knowledge of Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World, Including:

  • Sciences and mathematics
  • Social sciences
  • Humanities
  • Histories
  • Languages
  • The arts

Focused on engagement with big questions, both contemporary and enduring.

Intellectual and Practical Skills, Including:

  • Inquiry and analysis
  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Written and oral communication
  • Quantitative literacy
  • Information literacy
  • Teamwork and problem solving

Practiced extensively, across the curriculum, in the context of progressively more challenging problems, projects, and standards for performance.

Personal and Social Responsibility, Including:

  • Civic knowledge and engagement—local and global
  • Intercultural knowledge and competence
  • Ethical reasoning and action
  • Foundations and skills for lifelong learning

Anchored in active involvement with diverse communities and real-world challenges.

Integrative and Applied Learning, Including:

  • Synthesis and advanced accomplishment across general and specialized studies

Demonstrated through the application of knowledge, skills, and responsibilities to new settings and complex problems.