Student Success Outcomes

Student Success Outcomes

In summer 2010, as a last step in strategic planning and first step in assessment planning, we established student learning outcomes grounded in our Strategic Plan's central goal of Student Success.

Following an intensive retreat and review of departments focus on student learning, we developed Student Success Outcomes (SSOs) to fit our university's needs based on CAS Standards and the NASPA/ACPA publications, Learning Reconsidered I and II. The SSOs focus on student growth and learning in cognitive complexity, knowledge acquisition, intra/interpersonal competence, practical competence, persistence & academic achievement, and citizenship & social responsibility. We make a concentrated effort to offer educational opportunities in line with these outcomes. The SSOs are included as learning outcomes and measurements within departmental Assessment Plans and select departmental Strategic Plans.

Cognitive complexity

Critical thinking, reflective thinking, effective reasoning, intellectual flexibility, emotion/cognition integration, identity/cognition integration

Knowledge acquisiton

Understanding knowledge from a range of disciplines; connecting knowledge to other knowledge, ideas, and experiences; relate knowledge to daily life; pursuit of lifelong learning; career decidedness; technological competence

Interpersonal/intrapersonal competence

realistic self-appraisal, self-understanding; personal attributes such as identity, self-esteem, confidence, ethics and integrity, spiritual awareness, personal goal setting; meaningful relationships; interdependence; collaboration; ability to work with people different from self

Practical competence

Effective communication; capacity to manage one’s personal affairs; economic self-sufficiency and vocational competence; maintain personal health and wellness; prioritize leisure pursuits; living a purposeful and satisfying life

Persistence & academic achievement

Manage the college experience to achieve academic and personal success; leading to academic goal success including degree attainment

social responsibility & citizenship: understanding and appreciation of cultural and human differences; humanitarianism; global perspective and sense of civic engagement