Learning Outcomes are goals that describe how a student will be different because of a learning experience. More specifically, learning outcomes are the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and habits of mind that students take with them from a learning experience. (Suskie, 2009).
In the Fall of 2008 the Office of Student Life undertook a project to develop a learning outcomes and assessment plan for the Division of Student Life Programs and Services. The purpose of this project was to ensure that as a Division we are working in a coordinated and coherent manner to ensure that all students have the opportunity to achieve specific learning outcomes during their time at the University of Toronto, and to increase our level of accountability for the programs and services we provide.
Intellectual & Emotional Growth
- Students utilize critical thinking in problem solving.
- Students demonstrate the ability to synthesize complex information from a variety of sources in decision-making.
- Students initiate informed actions that reflect an understanding of how previous experiences have had an impact on affective states and intellectual performance.
- Students demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively through writing, speaking or artistic expression.
- Students demonstrate an appreciation for arts and culture.
- Students are able to articulate their leadership ideals, values and goals.
- Students demonstrate a commitment to a cause or organization.
- Students demonstrate the ability to think critically through ethical and moral issues.
- Students demonstrate the ability to visualize a group process and desired outcomes.
- Students demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively towards a common purpose.
- Students are able to negotiate with others and manage conflict.
- Students demonstrate the ability to assess their skills, values, beliefs, interests and personal abilities – and act in congruence with them.
- Students demonstrate the ability to problem solve and connect appropriately with campus and community resources.
- Students demonstrate self-reliant behaviour.
- Students demonstrate self-advocacy skills.
- Students demonstrate the ability to take reasonable risks.
Identity, Inclusivity & Equity
- Students understand their own identity, culture and spirituality.
- Students demonstrate an appreciation for diversity in all its forms.
- Students are able to work across differences – identifying opportunities and negotiating challenges.
- Students understand power structures and their relation to our social identities.
- Students are able to draw connections between their personal life, academic courses and social issues.
- Students identify how they can make a positive difference in their local, national and global communities.
- Students understand and participate in relevant governance systems.
- Students appropriately challenge the unfair, unjust or uncivil behaviour of others.
Balance & Purpose
- Students demonstrate a commitment to life-long learning.
- Students articulate long-term academic, career, and life goals.
- Students demonstrate an understanding of how to achieve balance between education, work & leisure time.
- Students integrate educational information related to personal health and wellness in support of accomplishing their goals.
- Students demonstrate the ability to develop and maintain satisfying interpersonal relationships.
The Learning Outcomes and Assessment Committee (LOAC) includes representatives from each of the units within the Division of Student Life Programs and Services. The LOAC was formed in the Fall of 2008 to develop the learning outcomes and assessment plan for the division. The Committee continues to meets regularly to refine our learning outcomes, discuss assessment plans, and identify staff professional development needs with regard to assessment.
David Newman - Office of Student Life (Chair)
Becky Smith - Student Crisis Response Programs
Helen Slade - Student Retention Services
Franca Iachetta- Student Housing
Kathryn Haworth - Health Promotion
Judy Vorderbrugge - Health Promotion
Sandra Yuen - Counselling & Psychological Services
Mary Giamos - Career Centre
Lynn Brownlie - Career Centre
Ben Liu - Centre for Community Partnerships
Holly Luffman - Centre for International Experience
Nadir Shirazi - Multi-faith Centre
Jen Newcombe - Hart House
Paula Greenwood - Office of Student Life
Rochelle Allen - First Nations House
Isaac Stein - Accessibility Services
Nellie Perret - Academic Success Centre