The SJU Ad Hoc Committee on Institutional Student Learning Outcomes (hereafter “Committee”) was established during the Fall 2015 semester and its charge acknowledged by the University Council at the November 2015 Council meeting.

The Committee delivered four items to the General Education Oversight Committee, the University Council, and the Provost’s Council: (1) a list of undergraduate- level learning outcomes; (2) a matrix demonstrating how undergraduate students will achieve those outcomes through SJU undergraduate programs; (3) a list of graduate-level learning outcomes; and, (4) a matrix demonstrating how graduate students will achieve those outcomes through SJU graduate programs.

1. Communication (UG and GR)

UG: Students will communicate effectively through written and oral modes of expression across academic, professional, and social contexts using appropriate technology.

GR: Students will communicate effectively using appropriate technology.

2.  Critical Thinking and Inquiry (UG and GR)

Students will think critically and construct reasoned arguments to support their positions using skills appropriate to the context, such as deductive reasoning, scientific inquiry, quantitative reasoning, aesthetic judgment, or critical examination of form, style, content and meaning.

3.  Ethics, Social Justice, and Ignatian Values (UG and GR)

UG: Students will assess and respond to ethical and social justice issues informed by Ignatian values and other theoretical frameworks.

GR: Students will assess and respond to ethical and social justice issues informed by Ignatian values.

 4. Diversity (UG)

Students will engage respectfully, in a local and global context, with diverse human beliefs, abilities, experiences, identities, or cultures.

5. Discipline or Program Specific Competencies (UG and GR)

Students will acquire the essential knowledge and skills to succeed and make well-reasoned judgments personally, professionally, and in their chosen area(s) of study.

6.  Jesuit Intellectual Tradition (UG)

Students will examine forces that have shaped the world they have inherited through instruction in the Ignatian educational tradition which includes the study of the humanities, philosophy, theology, history, mathematics, and the natural and social sciences.