The faculty has defined Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for each major. Majors' outcomes are identified in the university catalog and are incorpoarted into every Moodle course shell for students to reference as needed.
Essential Studies outcomes apply to students in all courses offered for Essential Studies and are consistent with those identified through the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Liberal Education - America's Promise (LEAP) initiative. These Essential Learning Outcomes are identified here:
ELO #1 - Students will demonstrate knowledge of human cultures and the physical and natural world through study in the sciences and mathematics, social sciences, humanities, histories, languages and the arts. This is focused by engagement with big questions, both contemporary and enduring.
ELO #2 - Students will demonstrate intellectual and practical skills, practiced extensively across the curriculum, in the context of progressively more challenging problems, projects and standards for performance. Special areas of focus for this outcome are inquiry and analysis, critical thinking, creative thinking, written communication, oral communication, quantitative literacy, information literacy and teamwork.
ELO #3 - Students will demonstrate personal and social responsibility, anchored through active involvement with diverse communities and real-world challenges. Areas of focus for ELO #3 include civic engagement, ethical reasoning, global learning, intercultural knowledge and competence, and lifelong learning.
ELO #4 - Students will demonstrate Integrative and Applied Learning, including synthesis and advanced accomplishment across general and specialized studies. This is demonstrated through the application of knowledge, skills and responsibilities to new settings and complex problems.
Direct evidence for majors and Essential Studies assessment is collected through course activities such as journals, papers, presentations, projects and tests, as well as institutional and professional independent examinations. Examples of indirect evidence used for improving learning include institutional and divisional student and alumni surveys, professional advisory board recommendations and important takeaways from conferences.