Student Affairs Assessment, Research & Planning

What are the Division's Learning Outcomes?

The Division of Student Affairs understands student learning as the students' ability to demonstrate competencies in the following areas: informed reasoning, effective communication, personal responsibility, inclusion and multicultural competence, well-being and community and civic engagement. We understand student learning as dynamic, in motion within the developing individual. In addition, the division's learning outcomes are not independent, but interactive. For example, informed reasoning (how one reasons about controversial issues) affects inclusion and multicultural competence (which requires seeing more than one perspective), and shapes how one constructs general well-being (attitudes towards best health practices). Finally, at any one point in time, some outcomes are more salient than others (e.g., civic responsibility may be heightened while taking a class with a service learning component).

Informed Reasoning

  • To demonstrate critical thinking by examining knowledge sources, truth claims, and the assumptions and biases of each.
  • To analyze, synthesize, and evaluate information in order to create knowledge, make decisions, and solve problems.
  • To want to learn, ask questions, and consider new ideas.
  • To integrate knowledge across academic, professional, and personal contexts.
  • To think creatively and use imagination in learning and problem solving.


Effective Communication

  • To communicate confidently and effectively with diverse listeners in various settings.
  • To effectively communicate thought in a logical, organized, and purposeful manner through a variety of written formats.
  • To engage in active listening.
  • To utilize technology as an efficient and effective form of communication.
  • To demonstrate conflict resolution skills.


Personal Responsibility

  • To establish one's core values and understand how these relate to the values of others, the campus, and the greater community.
  • To identify and evaluate one's strengths and weaknesses.
  • To integrate concepts of honesty and integrity into self-understanding and interactions with others.
  • To be aware of one's own relationship values and boundaries in order to make healthy choices within relationships.
  • To effectively articulate needs, then identify and evaluate accessible campus resources and other resources to help meet those needs.
  • To demonstrate leadership knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  • To use one's core values to guide decision-making when faced with moral, ethical, or other dilemmas.
  • To assume responsibility for one's decisions and actions.
  • To understand the power and privilege that comes with being educated.
  • To understand the effects of one's behavior on oneself, on others, and on the community.
  • To understand and effectively engage in the professional world.


Inclusion and Multicultural Competence

  • To understand that actions and values are shaped by education, cultural perspectives and one's position in society.
  • To broaden understandings of diversity to include age, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, spiritual affiliation, disability, and more.
  • To participate in opportunities to learn about different cultures.
  • To understand and appreciate the educational value of diversity and inclusion on campus.
  • To exhibit complex cognitive skills for decision-making in intercultural contexts.
  • To demonstrate the necessary interpersonal skills to function effectively in diverse groups.
  • To utilize empathy skills that facilitate active engagement in another's life.
  • To work toward achieving an inclusive society.
  • To identify and address systemic oppression.



  • To make informed decisions about one's emotional, mental, and physical well-being.
  • To demonstrate adaptive coping to meet life's challenges.
  • To regularly participate in physical activity and maintain a diet based on sound nutrition.
  • To manage one's physical well-being through proactive prevention and harm reduction actions.
  • To conduct one's life based on values and self-reflection.
  • To be aware of one's emotions and demonstrate emotional competence.


Community and Civic Engagement

  • To understand, respect, and appreciate the campus, local, regional, and global community.
  • To understand contemporary social issues.
  • To appreciate and preserve the natural environment.
  • To demonstrate an ethic of care that begins with oneself and extends to one's community.
  • To participate responsibly and uphold standards in one's own community.
  • To engage in community service.
  • To demonstrate active citizenship through acts of civic responsibility.