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.


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


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.

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