Institutional Learning Outcomes


The Institutional Goals and Learning Outcomes represent a profile of our undergraduates at the completion of their degrees and as such, also represent a promise to our students, their families, and communities.

These learning outcomes are intended to be “student-centered” and are flexible enough to be measured using multiple forms of assessment. In addition, the ILOs are aligned with the USF mission while addressing the most current regional accreditation requirements (i.e., WSCUC Handbook of Accreditation, 2013). Those requirements are known as the "core competencies" and include oral communication, written communication, critical thinking, quantitative reasoning, and information literacy. The ILOs contain very contemporary thinking about curriculum including foundational concepts of each discipline upon which thinking and practices are built, and an emphasis on a broad range of cultural understandings, awareness, and ongoing readiness to learn about others.

Institutional Learning Outcomes Aligned with WSCUC Core Graduation Competencies

  1. Students reflect on and analyze their attitudes, beliefs, values, and assumptions about diverse communities and cultures and contribute to the common good. (Critical Thinking)
  2. Students explain and apply disciplinary concepts, practices, and ethics of their chosen academic discipline in diverse communities. (Critical Thinking)
  3. Students construct, interpret, analyze, and evaluate information and ideas derived from a multitude of sources.  (Critical Thinking; Quantitative Reasoning; Information Literacy)
  4. Students communicate effectively in written and oral forms to interact within their personal and professional communities.  (Written and Oral Communication)
  5. Students use technology to access and communicate information in their personal and professional lives. (Component of Information Literacy)
  6. Students use multiple methods of inquiry and research processes to answer questions and solve problems. (Critical Thinking; Quantitative Reasoning; Information Literacy)
  7. Students describe, analyze, and evaluate global interconnectedness in social, economic, environmental and political systems that shape diverse groups within the San Francisco Bay Area and the world. (Critical Thinking)

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