Learning Outcomes

University Learning Goals (ULGs)

San José State University graduates will have developed:

Specialized Knowledge

  • Depth of knowledge required for a degree, as identified by its program learning outcomes.

Broad Integrative Knowledge

  • Mastery in each step of an investigative, creative or practical project (e.g. 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 (e.g. 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.

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.

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

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 SJSU community.

Department Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

As a result of their interaction with the Office of the University Ombudsperson, SJSU students will improve the following skills and demonstrate the related competencies:

Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

  • Interpret information, make connections, and draw conclusions based on analysis. (Broad Integrative Knowledge, Intellectual Skills, Applied Knowledge, Social & Global Responsibilities)
  • Identify issues and ask questions that clarify positions and interests. (Social & Global Responsibilities)

Communication and Collaboration 

  • Articulate thoughts and ideas effectively using verbal and written communication. (Intellectual Skills)
  • Communicate and work effectively in diverse environments and unfamiliar situations. (Intellectual Skills, Applied Knowledge, Social & Global Responsibilities)

Information Literacy 

  • Locate information efficiently and effectively. (Intellectual Skills)
  • Evaluate information critically and proficiently. (Broad Integrative Knowledge, Intellectual Skills)
  • Apply information accurately to the issue or problem at hand. (Intellectual Skills, Applied Knowledge)