Essential Learning Outcomes

The Essential Learning Outcomes (ELOs) are a comprehensive set of learning goals that are fostered and developed across a student's entire educational experience. They reflect the knowledge, skills, and competencies needed to meet the challenges of an ever-changing and complex world. The ELOs prepare students for future employment, life, and citizenship. With the achievement of these outcomes, UVU graduates will possess breadth and depth of knowledge, highly developed intellectual and practical skills, commitment to personal and social responsibility, awareness of the interdependence of communities, and the ability to synthesize and apply their learning to solve complex real-world problems.

Integrative & Applied Learning

A student will engage in discipline-appropriate experiences with the academic and broader community through integrated and applied learning.

Integrative Learning

A student will be able to:

  • Work effectively in teams
  • Complete an insightful, thoughtful peer review
  • Discover connections among disciplines
  • Create appropriate questions and possible solutions to those questions

Applied Learning

A student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge, skills, and abilities in a variety of settings, including such things as performances, undergraduate research projects, publications, internships, cooperative education, capstone projects, and service learning
  • Connect knowledge with choices and action
  • Engage meaningfully with enduring, comprehensive questions and challenges of professional life
  • Collaborate successfully on projects having hypothetical as well as professional application

Intellectual & Practical Skills Foundation

A student will acquire a foundation of intellectual and practical skills including communication, quantitative reasoning, qualitative reasoning (critical, analytical, and creative thinking), and technical and information literacies.

Communication

A student will be able to:

  • Write and speak effectively in a variety of settings (e.g. academic, civic and professional)
  • Appropriately use the conventions associated with writing and speaking
  • Acquire an awareness of audience and purpose
  • Understand the intent and impact of performed, spoken, written or visual texts

Quantitative Reasoning

A student will be able to:

  • Understand, interpret and represent mathematical information using symbolic, visual, numerical and verbal conventions
  • Solve problems using numeric, algebraic, geometric and statistical methods
  • Use quantitative information in context, and determine reasonableness of results
  • Use appropriate mathematical tools in problem solving (e.g. calculators, computers, measurement instruments and manipulatives)

Qualitative Reasoning: Critical, Analytical and Creative Thinking

A student will be able to:

  • Evaluate the logic, validity and relevance of arguments
  • Gather, interpret and evaluate information in a variety of forms (e.g. written, verbal, oral, visual, and aesthetic)
  • Use critical skills of analysis, evaluation, synthesis and application
  • Approach complex problems from diverse perspectives, considering alternative solutions

Information Literacy

A student will be able to:

  • Use library, multi-media, computer technology and other information sources to access, process and deliver information
  • Access information ethically, legally, effectively and efficiently
  • Evaluate the credibility of information

Technical Literacy

A student will be able to:

  • Make informed judgments about the value and risk of emerging technologies
  • Adapt to and utilize emerging technologies
  • Communicate knowledgeably regarding technological issues

People of Integrity

A student will become personally and socially responsible by acquiring, developing, and demonstrating skills in ethical reasoning and understanding.

Ethical Reasoning and Understanding

A student will be able to:

  • Recognize ethical Issues
  • Develop critical thinking and self-confrontation skills

Personal and Social Responsibility

A student will be able to:

  • Cultivate tolerance toward disagreement and the inevitable ambiguities in dealing with ethical problems
  • Elicit a sense of moral obligation and develop a personal code of ethics

Professional Competency

A student will demonstrate professional competence by meeting the established standards of the discipline, working as a valued member of a team, effectively formulating and solving problems, and actively seeking and honing lifelong learning skills.

Ability to Adapt and Change

A student will be able to:

  • Understand and appreciate the impermanent nature of accepted truth
  • Use analysis and reflection to recognize the need for change
  • Initiate, implement, and assess change
  • Refine and broaden knowledge and skills

Teamwork

A student will be able to:

  • Work in groups using intellectual tools to assess and improve the group's effectiveness
  • Assess personal efforts and contributions

Problem Formation and Solution

A student will be able to:

  • Formulate and recognize a coherent problem and a reasonable solution
  • Recognize that the limits of problem solving methods impose limits on the solutions obtained
  • Recognize the impact of community on relevance of problems and their solutions
  • Recognize that the same body of data may support more than one solution

Stewards of Place

A student will demonstrate stewardship of local, national and global communities by cultivating awareness of: interdependence among those communities; issues within those communities; and organizations and skills that address such issues.

Local Community

A student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate awareness of issues related to creating and maintaining a sustainable local economy
  • Identify processes required to foster efficient and responsive local government
  • Explain processes essential for protecting and sustaining local natural and human environments

National Community

A student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate awareness of issues that impact the national community
  • Reflect upon the human and personal impact of national issues

Global Community

A student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate awareness of issues that impact the global community
  • Reflect upon the human and personal impact of global issues

Interdependence among Communities

A student will be able to:

  • Identify relationships among the local and global economies
  • Understand global implications of actions taken by local and national governments, organizations and corporations

Organizations Addressing Issues of Interdependence

A student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate awareness of the missions of local, national and global organizations that address governance, political, economic, educational, health, human rights and/or environmental issues
  • Identify skills required for the resolution of governance, political, economic, educational, health, human rights and/or environmental issues

Knowledge Foundation

A student will demonstrate knowledge of human cultures and the physical and natural world in the following areas of essential study: arts, history, humanities, languages, science and mathematics, social sciences. Knowledge Foundation refers to GE Distribution courses and other courses and experiences within the major.

Connection of UVU Mission to UVU ELOs

Utah Valley University is a teaching instituition which provides oppurtunity, promotes student success, and meets regional educational needs. UVU builds on a foundation of substantive scholarly and creative work to foster engaged learning. The university prepares professionally competent people of integrity who, as life-long learners and leaders, serve as stewards of a globally interdependent community.

Essential Learning Outcomes Timeline

2006

Comprehensive Review of General Education at UVU

  • Best Practices Researched
  • Decision Made to Draft ELOs

2007

Summer AAC&U Institute: ELOs Drafted

  • ELOs Based on the AAC&U LEAP Outcomes
  • ELOs Reflect:
    • Mission of UVU
    • Carnegie Designation as an Engaged Institution
    • Ethics & Values Course, Center for the Study of Ethics

2008

Elos Refined by the General Education Committee Based on Feedback From:

  • Campus-wide Faculty Discussions
  • Presentations to Faculty Across Campus
  • Student Focus Groups: Freshmen, Seniors, Non-traditional, Student Government
  • Camous Visit: CarolGeary Schneider, President of AAC&U

2010

All General Education Courses Re-cerftified Identifying ELOs Met in Each Course

2011

First Round of General Education Assessment of ELOs Completed

2012

ELOs Adopted by Acadenuc Affairs as Institution-wide Learning Outcomes

2013

Integrated Assessment Approach Adopted; Program Student Learning Outcomes Linked to ELOs

2014

Curriculum Maps Developed Showing Where and to What Level Program Outcomes and ELOs are Addressed in Major and General Education Courses for Each Academic Program

  • Campus-wide Faculty Discussions
  • Presentations to Faculty Across Campus
  • Student Focus Groups: Freshmen, Seniors, Non-traditional, Student Government
  • Camous Visit: CarolGeary Schneider, President of AAC&U

Success Stories

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The Office of Academic Assessment is on the lookout for success stories in assessment.

From time to time, you likely encounter experiences in your department, college, or school where you have used assessment results to enhance student learning and strengthen your programs. Perhaps you have a unique assessment plan that really gets to the heart of your student learning outcomes. Perhaps it was a particular assessment method you used that helped gather and organize that information a little clearer. Perhaps it was the way you reviewed or analyzed the data that helped you see trends or particular skills in which students were strong or weak. Perhaps it was the way you used the results that really made a difference in student learning and support. We encourage you to share those experiences with the UVU community via this website.

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