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Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO) are designed to identify and measure the learning students acquire in and outside the classroom at the university.

Departments within the Division of Student Affairs create and administer Student Learning Outcomes each year. The developement of SLOs is a dynamic process. Some departments have conducted the same SLO for multiple years while other departments have focused on different SLO topics each year. The Division of Student Affairs assessments are listed by clicking the desired year.  To view program assessments based upon learning outcomes, view our Assessment Collections page for Learning Outcomes assessment reports.

During the Academic Year, the SADAC committee developed Divisional Student Learning Outcomes. From the perspective of the committee, this was identified as a necessary link to connect the Departmental Student Learning Outcomes within the Division of Student Affairs with University Learning outcomes. Below are the Student Affairs Divisional Student Learning Outcomes

  • Self Determination - Students who participate in Student Affairs programs and activities will understand the importance of and develop an empowered sense of self and commitment to personal responsibility, integrity, and wellness
  • Social & Civic Engagement - Students who participate in Student Affairs programs and activities will demonstrate a commitment to developing awareness and addressing the social issues and needs of their various communities, including the university, through meaningful involvement
  • Diversity & Global Consciousness - Students who participate in Student Affairs programs and activities will develop a multicultural perspective through an understanding and appreciation of individual similarities and differences, cultural diversity, and local as well as global issues of social justice and equity
  • Professionalism & Ethics - Students who participate in Student Affairs programs and activities will develop and apply a clear set of values and ethical framework in their personal and professional endeavors
  • Personal and Practical Competencies - Students who participate in Student Affairs programs and activities will critically analyze problems and integrate knowledge, skills, and experience to develop solutions in their personal lives and to advance their academic and career growth

Helpful Documents for using Divisioinal Student Learning Outcomes with Department Student Learning Outcomes

The documents listed below were used during a 3-part division-wide assessment training, provided during Spring 2012, on developing Student Learning Outcomes at the Department, Program and Activity level.

Helpful guides to writing and assessing leaning outcome

Learning Outcomes Assessment Training (PDF)- Presentation provided in training porvided to the Division of Student Affairs

Bloom's Taxonomy - classification of levels of intellectual behavior imporant in learning.

Action Verbs for Writing Learning Outcomes (PDF)- based upon Bloom's Taxonomy

ABCD Method for Writing Learning Outcomes (PDF)

WASC Rubric for Assessing the Quality of Academic Program Learning Outcomes (PDF)- Rubrics located on the Cal Poly WASC website in October 2010.

WASC Rubric for Assessing the Integration of Student Learning Assessment into Program Reviews (PDF)- Rubrics located on the Cal Poly WASC website in October 2010