Student Learning Outcomes

Colleges and universities are increasingly recognizing the importance of global learning for all students. Below are examples of institutions with expected student learning outcomes that incorporate goals explicitly related to global learning.

Sample Student Learning Outcomes

  • Carnegie Classification: Master's Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs

    By graduation, Butler's dynamic academic and co-curricular offerings will prepare our students to demonstrate the following:

    • Liberal arts knowledge and transferable skills developed through multifaceted learning experiences
    • Disciplinary and professional knowledge and skills in at least one academic field of study
    • Competencies that facilitate their personal development and wellness cultivated through experiences inside and outside the classroom
    • A capacity to help shape our local and global communities through civic understanding and an appreciation of diverse perspectives

  • Carnegie Classification: Master's Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs

    Graduates will be:
    • Well-prepared with communication, numeracy and critical thinking skills to successfully join the workforce of California and the world or to pursue advanced study;
    • Critically and ethically engaged in global and local issues;
    • Knowledgeable and respectful of the diversity of individuals, groups, and cultures;
    • Accomplished at integrating the skills of a liberal education with disciplinary or professional competency;
    • Skilled in collaborative problem-solving, research, and creative activity.

  • Carnegie Classification: Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus

    Seven Learning Goals:
    • To develop well-being: emotionally; physically; psychologically; socially; and spiritually.
    • To cultivate habits for life-long learning.
    • To engage in focused intellectual pursuits in preparation for life’s work.
    • To develop practical competencies in preparation for life’s work.
    • To learn and foster habits of sustainability.
    • To develop competencies for responsible global citizenship.
    • To comprehend, foster and exercise the power of creativity.

  • Carnegie Classification: Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus

    The liberal arts involve the study of human achievements in extending the boundaries of knowledge - of efforts to comprehend the unknown, to formulate values, to evolve and express a sense of human understanding. Wooster believes that such study will provide the best means of acquiring the capacity and perspective necessary in our complex and everchanging world and the insight and vision to shape the future.

    The College believes, moreover, that all liberal education must be a continuing education that offers increase and renewal to the end of life. It does not assume that everything can and must be taught. It seeks, rather, a liberal education that will truly free undergraduates for a lifetime of intellectual adventure, one that will help them meet new situations as they arise, one that will allow them to develop harmoniously and independently.

    Students should expect to discover new worlds, both in courses and in the experiences they will have on the campus and in off-campus study. They will be expected to explore the intellectual life beyond the course work and experiences described elsewhere in this catalogue. They will discover the necessity of submitting their own patterns of thought to the rigors of analysis so that they are aware of identifiable criteria of growth.

  • Carnegie Classification: Master's Colleges & Universities: Medium Programs

    Thus, Delaware State University aims to graduate an educated person possessing the following characteristics:

    • Fundamental skills in communication, computation, and critical thinking necessary for life-long learning.
    • A sense of self-dignity and self-worth.
    • An ever-expanding capacity for appreciating, understanding, and sympathizing with the human condition in all its variations of cultural, social, racial, ethnic, moral, and physical diversity.
    • Knowledge and skills necessary for meaningful and productive living.
    • A desire to know more about one’s environment and the global perspective.

  • Carnegie Classification: Master's Colleges & Universities: Medium Programs

    You will graduate from Drury with:

    • the academic knowledge and professional skills needed to secure employment or admission to graduate study.
    • the critical thinking skills and ability to productively engage in addressing complex, multi-disciplinary problems.
    • the capacity to acquire new information and skills to be successful and contribute productively to a rapidly changing world.
    • the ability to cultivate the intellectual, imaginative, and ethical faculties to live a life of meaning and purpose.

  • Carnegie Classification: Master's Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs

    We expect that JCU graduates will be able to:
    • Demonstrate an integrative knowledge of human and natural worlds
    • Develop habits of critical analysis and aesthetic appreciation
    • Apply creative and innovative thinking
    • Communicate skillfully in multiple forms of expression
    • Act competently in a global and diverse world
    • Understand and promote social justice
    • Apply a framework for examining ethical dilemmas
    • Employ leadership and collaborative skills
    • Understand the religious dimensions of human experience.

  • Carnegie Classification: Master's Colleges & Universities: Small Programs

    Critical Thinking:

    Keene State College students will evaluate evidence, consider multiple perspectives, choose and defend a position from several alternatives, and analyze complex problems.

    Creative Inquiry:
    Keene State College students will engage in research, scholarly activity or creative work to contribute new knowledge, art or expression and reflect on the process of inquiry or self-expression.

    Intercultural Competence:

    Keene State College students will reflect critically on their own culture and on the intersectionality of culture and social location, demonstrate knowledge of a diversity of cultures, and communicate effectively with people from a variety of backgrounds.

    Civic Engagement:

    Keene State College students will demonstrate knowledge of one or more social or environmental issues including relevant cultural, political and policy contexts; take action individually or collectively to address issues; and reflect on the ethical dimensions of civic engagement.

    Commitment to Well-Being:
    Keene State College students will reflect critically on their own well-being and that of the larger world, demonstrate knowledge of issues that impact health and wellness, advocate for themselves, and commit to one or more practices that promote well-being.


    Keene State College students will explore their place in interconnected natural and human systems; evaluate the personal, social, and environmental impacts of their choices; and apply their knowledge and skills for building a just, resilient, and thriving world.

  • Carnegie Classification: Doctoral Universities: Moderate Research Activity


    Students will encounter the General Education learning outcomes over the course of their General Education Core Curriculum in Areas A-E.

    • Written Communication: Students will write & communicate at a college level in various modes, media, and/or rhetorical contexts.
    • Reading Comprehension: Students will demonstrate an ability to comprehend, analyze, & interpret texts in various modes, genres, media, and/or contexts.
    • Quantitative Learning: Students will demonstrate the ability to explain information presented in mathematical forms (e.g., equations, graphs, diagrams, tables) and/or convert information into mathematical forms at a level appropriate for the complexity of problems in a college-level course.
    • Critical Thinking: Students will evaluate and synthesize information to support ideas and perspectives.
    • Literature: Students will include multicultural, social, or historical contexts in their interpretation of literary work.
    • Global Perspectives: Students will analyze creative works from multiple international cultures in relation to the historical, political, economic, sociocultural, aesthetic, or personal contexts in which those works emerged.
    • Applied Math: Students will demonstrate an ability to effectively apply symbolic representations to model and solve problems.
    • Natural Sciences: Students will demonstrate an understanding of college-level scientific principles, theories, and laws, and apply them to solve problems and explore natural phenomena.
    • U.S. Perspectives: Students will demonstrate a broad understanding of history, political systems, or culture of the U.S.
    • Social Sciences: Students analyze the complexity of how historical, economic, or political relationships develop, persist, or change.

  • Carnegie Classification: Associate's Colleges: High Transfer-Mixed Traditional/Nontraditional

    Institutional Learning Outcome: Purposeful development, expression, or reception of a message through oral, written, or non-verbal means

    Institutional learning Outcome: Encompasses actions to pro-mote the quality of life in a community, through both political and non-political processes.

    Institutional Learning Outcome: The mental process of effectively identifying, determining, gathering, evaluating, and utilizing resources to innovate and/or to accomplish a specific task.

    Institutional learning Outcome: Encompasses the awareness of cultural systems, events, and creations and an ability to apply this cultural and global awareness to human interaction and expression.

  • Carnegie Classification: Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity

    Analytical Thinking
    The MSU graduate uses ways of knowing from mathematics, natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, and arts to access information and critically analyzes complex material in order to evaluate evidence, construct reasoned arguments, and communicate inferences and conclusions.
    • Acquires, analyzes, and evaluates information from multiple sources.
    • Synthesizes and applies the information within and across disciplines.
    • Identifies and applies, as appropriate, quantitative methods for defining and responding to problems.
    • Identifies the credibility, use and misuse of scientific, humanistic and artistic methods.

    Cultural Understanding
    The MSU graduate comprehends global and cultural diversity within historical, artistic, and societal contexts.
    • Reflects on experiences with diversity to demonstrate knowledge and sensitivity.
    • Demonstrates awareness of how diversity emerges within and across cultures.

    Effective Citizenship
    The MSU graduate participates as a member of local, national, and global communities and has the capacity to lead in an increasingly interdependent world.
    • Understands the structures of local, national, and global governance systems and acts effectively within those structures in both individual and collaborative ways.
    • Applies knowledge and abilities to solve societal problems in ethical ways.

    Effective Communication
    The MSU graduate uses a variety of media to communicate effectively with diverse audiences.
    • Identifies how contexts affect communication strategies and practices.
    • Engages in effective communication practices in a variety of situations and with a variety of media.

    Integrated Reasoning
    The MSU graduate integrates discipline-based knowledge to make informed decisions that reflect humane social, ethical, and aesthetic values.
    • Critically applies liberal arts knowledge in disciplinary contexts and disciplinary knowledge in liberal arts contexts.

    • Uses a variety of inquiry strategies incorporating multiple views to make value judgments, solve problems, answer questions, and generate new understandings.

  • Carnegie Classification: Master's Colleges & Universities: Medium Programs

    Knowledgeable- Otterbein undergraduate students will acquire a deep knowledge of, and appreciation for, their chosen major(s) as well as a solid grounding in a broad range of disciplines in the liberal arts and sciences.

    Multi-Literate- Otterbein undergraduate students will develop and demonstrate a range of intellectual and practical skills, including written and oral communication skills; research skills; quantitative, technological, visual, and information literacies.

    Engaged - Otterbein undergraduate students will become intellectually, aesthetically, and civically engaged. As intellectually engaged people, they will integrate, synthesize, critically reflect upon, and evaluate what they know. As aesthetically engaged people, they will value and practice the art of imagination and creative expression. As civically engaged people, they will be prepared to confront, act upon, and lead collaborative responses to increasingly complex challenges in diverse local, national, and global communities.

    Responsible - Otterbein undergraduate students will make choices that promote their own well-being and that of others. Encouraged to grapple with diverse value systems, they will move toward ethical commitments that reflect a sense of agency, honesty, and fairness.

    Inquisitive - Otterbein undergraduate students will know how to learn. As confident life-long learners, they will be curious and eager to discover more about themselves and the natural, cultural, and social worlds.

  • Carnegie Classification: Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus

    1. an ability to speak and write clearly, articulately, and persuasively;
    2. an ability to acquire, evaluate, and communicate information;
    3. an ability to analyze and resolve complex problems, both independently and collaboratively;
    4. an ability to reason quantitatively, logically, and/or symbolically;
    5. an ability to integrate knowledge from multiple perspectives;
    6. an ability to critique and/or create artistic works;
    7. a knowledge of the complexity and diversity of the human experience;
    8. a knowledge of the complexity and diversity of the natural world, and
    9. a depth of understanding in at least one field

    10.a capacity to examine critically the relationship between humans and technology

  • Carnegie Classification: Master's Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs

    University Essential Learning Outcomes:

    St. Edward’s University students will develop their abilities to synthesize and apply learning to effect positive change in personal, local, and global contexts through the continued acquisition of:

    • Knowledge of Liberal Arts and Sciences
    o Demonstrate competence in a specific discipline.
    o Integrate a broad liberal arts and sciences perspective within the discipline.
    o Articulate the roles of liberal arts and sciences in society.

    • Intellectual and Applied Sciences
    o Communicate effectively through oral, written, and visual forms.
    o Demonstrate information, quantitative, and visual literacies in a variety of contexts.
    o Use critical, creative, and collaborative thinking to solve problems and achieve common goals.

    • Personal and Social Responsibility
    o Develop skills to maintain mental and physical wellness.
    o Identify and analyze one’s own spiritual and cultural perspectives and demonstrate respect for others’ views and values.
    o Integrate global perspectives and moral reasoning to make personal and professional decisions in pursuit of social justice.

  • Carnegie Classification: Master's Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs

    San José State University graduates will have developed:

    Social and Global Responsibilities

    An ability to consider the purpose and function of one’s degree program training within various local and/or global social contexts and to act intentionally, conscientiously, and ethically with attention to diversity and inclusion.

    Specialized Knowledge

    Depth of knowledge required for a degree, as appropriate to the discipline.

    Intellectual Skills

    • Fluency with specific theories, assumptions, foundational knowledge, analytical and interpretive protocols, tools, and technologies appropriate to the discipline or field of study.
    • Skills necessary for mastery of a discipline at a level appropriate to the degree and leading to lifelong learning, including critical and creative thinking and practice, effective communication, thorough and ethical information gathering and processing, competence with quantitative and/or qualitative methodologies, and productive engagement in collaborative activities.
    • For undergraduate students in a baccalaureate program: an understanding of critical components of broad academic areas, including the arts, humanities, social sciences, quantitative reasoning, and sciences.

    Integrative Knowledge and Skills

    • Mastery in each step of an investigative, creative, or practical project (e.g., brainstorming, planning, formulating hypotheses or complex questions, designing, creating, completing, and communicating) with integration within and/or across disciplines.
    • An ability to articulate the potential impacts of results or findings from a particular work or field in a societal context.

    Applied Knowledge

    • An ability to apply theory, practice, and problem solving to new materials, settings, and problems.

  • Carnegie Classification: Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus

    The purpose of the Military Academy’s Academic Program is to establish the intellectual foundation for service as a highly-educated commissioned officer, and to develop in cadets the knowledge and skills necessary for service and continued growth as an officer in the United States Army. In coordination with the Military and Physical Programs, the Academic Program develops in cadets a professional self-concept as an officer, nurturing each cadet’s competence, character, and confidence to act decisively on matters of concern to the nation. The content and process of cadet education and development within the Academic Program enables cadets to understand the interrelated roles of a commissioned officer— soldier, servant of the Nation, and leader of character—and to incorporate these roles into their own emerging professional identities.

  • Carnegie Classification: Master's Colleges & Universities: Small Programs

    Communicate facts and ideas.

    To demonstrate competence in communication, students will appraise the needs of their audience; use sound evidence and reasoning in constructing arguments; and clearly and effectively communicate.

    Analyze ideas, information, and problems.

    To demonstrate competence in critical thinking, students will question assumptions; evaluate ideas and problems in a systematic way; and appraise arguments for importance, logic, relevance, and strength.

    Use digital technologies.

    To demonstrate competence in digital literacy, students will leverage digital technologies to accomplish goals; engage effectively and ethically in a digital environment; and adapt to new and emerging technologies.

    Recognize and consider the ethical dimension of behavior.

    To demonstrate competence in ethical reasoning, students will apply ethical principles and approaches; consider alternative courses of action and consequences; and evaluate and articulate their own ethical values.

    Understand and apply the principles of diversity, inclusion, and equity.

    To demonstrate competence in inclusion, students will show cultural understanding; recognize issues of diversity, inclusion, and equity; and understand the importance of creating diverse and inclusive environments for all.

    Collect, evaluate, organize, and use information.

    To demonstrate competence in information literacy, students will find appropriate information to address a need; evaluate it for relevance and validity; and use it to draw conclusions and generate solutions.

    Understand and work with numbers.

    To demonstrate competence in quantitative literacy, students will solve problems using basic calculations; make judgements about and draw conclusions from quantitative evidence; and use quantitative strategies to support a position.

    Understand scientific concepts and methods.

    To demonstrate competence in scientific literacy, students will have a basic understanding of major scientific concepts and methods; apply scientific knowledge to daily life; and express scientifically informed positions.