Learning Outcomes

University Learning Goals (ULG)

1. Specialized Knowledge

Mastered the depth of knowledge required for a degree, as identified by its program learning outcomes.

2. Broad Integrative Knowledge

Mastery in each step of an investigative, creative or practical project (i.e. brainstorming, planning, formulating hypotheses or complex questions, designing, creating, completing, and communicating).

An understanding of the implications of results or findings from a particular work in a societal context (i.e. social or economic implications of a scientific finding).

Students graduating with a baccalaureate degree will have demonstrated an understanding of critical components of broad academic areas, the arts, humanities, social sciences, and sciences and their integration.

3. Intellectual Skills

Fluency in the use of specific theories, tools, technology and graphical representation.

Skills and abilities necessary for life-long learning: critical and creative thinking, effective communication, conscientious information gathering and processing, mastery of quantitative methodologies, and the ability to engage effectively in collaborative activities.

4. Applied Knowledge

The ability to integrate theory, practice, and problem-solving to address practical issues.

The ability to apply their knowledge and skills to new settings or in addressing complex problems.

The ability to work productively as individuals and in groups.

5. Social and Global Responsibilities

The ability to act intentionally and ethically to address a global or local problem in an informed manner with a multicultural and historical perspective and a clear understanding of societal and civic responsibilities.

Diverse and global perspectives through engagement with the multidimensional SUSU community.

Program (Department) Learning Outcomes (PLO)

Student Involvement at San José State University offers programs and services that are designed to not only provide opportunities for educational advancement, but to also apply what is learned. To this end, students will demonstrate mastery of the University Learning Outcomes; and furthermore, will think critically and practically, commit to success, and engage themselves as active members of society.

1. Involved students at San José State University will think critically and practically

Students demonstrate self-awareness through accurate assessment and understanding of personal strengths and challenges (maps to ULO #3)

When faced with uncertainty, students will demonstrate intellectual  and emotional aptitude — a tolerance of ambiguity (maps to ULOs #3 and/or #4)

Students exhibit cognitive complexity through creative and reflective thinking (maps to ULOs #3 and/or #4)

2. Involved students at San José State University will commit to success

Resilient students will learn to appreciate the lessons that follow crucibles and adapt constructively (maps to ULOs #3, #4, and/or #5)

Students will acquire practical competence in communication ability, managing time and responsibilities, and leading purposeful, healthy lives (maps to ULOs #3 and/or #4)

Students will demonstrate a thorough understanding of University programs, organizations, and services — campus connectedness(maps to ULOs #4 and/or #5)

3. Involved students at San José State University will engage themselves as active members of society

Students will engender a conscious mindfulness that values difference in the thoughts and actions of themselves and others (maps to ULOs #2, #3, #4, and/or #5)

Students will become responsibly connected to the society in which we reside by actively working toward change (maps to ULOs #4 and/or #5)

An ability to start a movement or participate wholeheartedly in the accomplishments of others — leaders and followers (maps to ULOs #3, #4, and/or #5)