Learning Outcomes

University Learning Goals (ULG)

Specialized Knowledge

  • Mastered the 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 (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.

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.

Division Learning Goals (DLG)

Critical Thinking Skills

  • Ability to independently and accurately evaluate information, data and ideas from multiple perspectives.

Effective Communication

  • Embodies the ability to receive information, exchange ideas, present information, and convey messages in ways effective and appropriate to the situation and audience.

Multicultural Competence and Active Citizenship

  • Understanding and appreciating human differences as well as positively contributing to the community.

Practical Competence/Life Skills

  • The capacity to manage one's affairs both inside and outside of the university.

Leadership and Interpersonal Competence

  • The ability to mobilize groups around shared interests as well as demonstrate and sustain meaningful relationships.

Healthy Living

  • Making informed decisions and acting on those decisions to enhance personal and community health.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLO)

As a result of their interaction with the Veterans Resource Center, SJSU students will improve the following skills and demonstrate the related competencies:

Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

  • Conscientious information gathering and processing (Intellectual Skills)
  • Apply their knowledge and skills to new settings or in addressing complex problems (Applied Knowledge)

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)

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, Social & Global Responsibilities)