Student Learning Outcomes

Why Learning Outcomes?

Student learning outcomes are defined in terms of the knowledge, skills and abilities students acquire through their involvement in a particular set of educational experiences. Building a framework of learning outcomes reflects a conceptual shift toward a more meaningful and effective education. The Higher Education Program's learning outcomes enable students to guage how classroom and internship experiences will influence their professional careers.

Universal Student Learning Outcomes for VSU Higher Education Program Graduates

Graduates will be able to ...

Part 5a: Foundational Studies

  • Discuss the philosophical foundations of the profession, referencing historical and contemporary documents, to indicate how values guide practice.
  • Apply a recognized professional organization’s code of ethics or ethical principles to professional work.

Part 5b.1: Student Development Theory

  • Relate appropriate theory to understand, support, and advocate for student learning and development.

Subpart 5b.2: Student Characteristics and Effects of College on Students

  • Translate theoretical knowledge about student characteristics and collegiate environments into meaningful learning experiences for students with diverse backgrounds.

Subpart 5b.3: Individual and Group Interventions

  • Design interventions for individuals and groups using appropriate resources and referral practices.
  • Identify and explain contemporary issues facing higher education and create viable solutions.

Subpart 5b.4: Organization and Administration of Student Affairs

  • Apply knowledge of leadership, organizational functions, and management practices.
  • Demonstrate professional competencies in budgeting, finance, and strategic planning.
  • Explain statutory case law and higher education policies and relate understanding to decision-making.

Subpart 5b.5: Assessment, Evaluation, and Research

  • Conduct an ethical research study, assessment, or evaluation addressing trends, issues, and/or processes.

Part 5c: Supervised Practice

  • Apply knowledge, skills, and competencies gained through supervised internships to future employment.

Part 6: Practical/Professional Competencies

Develop and/or improve skills in the following areas:

  • Collaborative Work
  • Critical Thinking
  • Conflict Mediation
  • Effective Verbal and Written Communication
  • Informed Decision-Making
  • Leadership for Change
  • Networking and Professional Development
  • Work with Diverse Populations

Specific Student Learning Outcomes for Higher Education Track Graduates

  • Demonstrate knowledge of ethical leadership practices in higher education settings.
  • Establish operational plans to accomplish strategic goals utilizing practical applications of theory.
  • Describe processes of educational leadership and relate them to programs in higher education.
  • Interact effectively with internal and external audiences.

Specific Student Learning Outcomes for Student Affairs Track Graduates

  • Discuss and justify the role of student affairs and higher education in society.
  • Synthesize and critique educational research and explore its practical applications.
  • Adapt and relate information and communication technology to professional contexts.
  • Recognize and support civic engagement, public service, and social justice learning opportunities.

*Outcomes adopted December 2009