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Learning Outcomes

The holistic process of learning that places the student at the center of the learning experience demands collaboration, and collaboration demands cultural change.  Students living in the residence halls will have multiple opportunities to:

Students will be engaged citizens showing individual and social responsibility

  • Students appropriately challenge unfair, unjust, or uncivil behavior.
  • Students participate in the development and maintenance of their communities.
  • Students comply with community standards.
  • Students participate in opportunities that develop leadership skills.

Students will respect differences.

  • Students seek to understand viewpoints of others and appreciate the value of other world views.
  • Students engage in discussion around sensitive issues with respect.

Students will develop and maintain meaningful relationships

  • Students effectively manage and deal with conflict.
  • Students set appropriate boundaries in living situations and environments.
  • Students navigate mature relationships.
  • Students will engage in activities that widen their social circle, and increase healthy interaction.

Students will demonstrate wellness in their personal lives.

  • Students demonstrate an understanding of balance between education, work, and leisure time.
  • Students manage emotions appropriately.
  • Students identify and utilize appropriate campus and life resources to establish wellness.
  • Students effectively manage their time and commitments.
  • Students increase autonomy in basic life skills (laundry, cleaning, cooking, hygiene, etc.)
  • Students follow safety procedures and display an understanding of their importance.

Students will demonstrate wellness in their academic lives

  • Students identify and utilize academically related on-campus resources as appropriate.
  • Students effectively manage their time and commitments.

Students will effectively communicate with others

  • Students write and speak after reflection.
  • Students listen actively and ask appropriate questions.
  • Students effectively articulate their ideas while respecting contrary ones.
  • Students effectively communicate thoughts and feelings.

Students will use critical thinking to effectively solve problems

  • Students use critical thinking skills as a guide to multiple modes of inquiry, challenging conventional wisdom and stereotypes.
  • Students integrate concepts and principles from multiple perspectives in order to address problems and make decisions.
  • Students articulate the pros and cons of a complex issue and formulate their own position regarding that issue.
  • Students apply previously understood information and concepts to a new situation or setting.
  • Students engage in the examination of assumptions and beliefs.

Students will develop a broad cultural awareness

  • Students engage in activities that differ from their cultural upbringing.
  • Students correctly observe cultural norms in specific settings.
  • Students recognize the difference between a national context and a global context when analyzing historical and/or current events.
  • Students incorporate strategies for coexisting with roommates and community members who have significantly different living practices based on culture.

How to Incorporate Learning Outcomes Into Planning

Before planning the steps you need to accomplish or achieve a program or task, ask yourself, "What do I hope students will learn as a result of participating?"

Why Use Learning Outcomes

  • Provides evidence that your work is intentional - you care about students and their education
  • Gives the organization goals to work towards
  • Provides direction for planning
  • Helps you know if and how programs help students learn
  • Becomes an assessment tool by measuring growth, change and the accomplishment of your outcomes