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Student Learning Outcomes Assessment

Provost Announces University Level Student Learning Outcomes

Last fall, a committee was charged with drafting university-wide student learning outcomes (SLOs), which are now required for accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission. These outcomes must reflect the core skills and knowledge that all UNI graduates will have, given our current curriculum, and they must be able to be measured at the program level (within the credit hours comprising each major or graduate program).
 
After completing extensive research on SLOs at other universities and studying best practices, the committee discussed about a half-dozen possibilities, but focused on three in particular based on the information they had gathered. These outcomes were presented to and endorsed by all the college senates. They were discussed with the Council of Academic Department Heads and the Assessment Council, and the University Curriculum Committee, the University Writing Committee, and the deans of the colleges were invited by email to provide feedback. They were approved by the University Faculty Senate on April 10.
 
In the next year, we will ask all programs to align their current learning outcomes under the three general university-wide outcomes listed below. The UNI Assessment Council will be working to assist departments and programs in this process in the coming year. We will also begin a process of reviewing our mission for our General Education Program, as well as defining specific learning outcomes that students will achieve, and we will assess, in that program.
 
UNI would like to thank the University-wide SLO Committee which worked collaboratively and inclusively across a wide variety of constituents to complete this work:
  • Jeff Funderburk and Scott Peters, co-Chairs
  • Susan Roberts-Dobie
  • Lisa Jepsen
  • Avery Johnson (NISG)
  • Kristin Moser
  • John Ophus
 
University Level Student Learning Outcomes
 
Critical Thinking: Graduates will demonstrate critical thinking through the ability to evaluate, analyze, and integrate information from a variety of sources in order to develop reasoned positions and solutions to problems.
 
Communication: Graduates will display competence in oral, written, and visual communication, as appropriate for their discipline.
 
Program Content Knowledge and Skills: Graduates will demonstrate discipline-specific knowledge and skills in their major fields of study.
 

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Contact: 

Deirdre Heistad, Director of Undergraduate Studies & Associate Professor, 319-273-2633, deirdre.heistad@uni.edu