Student Learning Outcomes

Student Learning, Outcomes Assessment, and Accreditation

Assessment at the University of Minnesota

The University has a long history of commitment to assessing student learning. With the adoption of the current University of Minnesota’s undergraduate student learning outcomes (SLOs) and student development outcomes (SDOs), the University has undertaken a renewed effort to establish more consistent assessment frame-work across all departments, provided stronger central leadership, simplified expectations, and worked to connect the multiple streams of assessment data to better inform academic planning.

Our mission is to support all academic and support units in their assessment of student learning/development process to continuously enhance the student experience.

Undergrad Experience

Undergrad Experience

Partnership of students, faculty, and staff in supporting student learning and development

Campus Labs

Campus Labs

The University of Minnesota- Twin Cities campus implements Campus Labs as the University’s assessment/accreditation management system.

Need Assistance

Need Assistance

Providing assistance for the undergraduate community on assessment of student learning.

 

The Undergrad Experience

critical elements of the student experience

 

Student Learning Outcomes

The University has a long history of commitment to assessing student learning. With the adoption of the current University of Minnesota’s undergraduate student learning outcomes (SLOs), the University has undertaken a renewed effort to establish more consistent assessment frame-work across all departments, provided stronger central leadership, simplified expectations, and worked to connect the multiple streams of assessment data to better inform academic planning.

Our mission is to support all academic and support units in their assessment of student learning/development process to continuously enhance the student experience.

At the time of receiving a bachelor’s degree, students:

  • Can identify, define, and solve problems.
  • Can locate and critically evaluate information.
  • Have mastered a body of knowledge and a mode of inquiry.
  • Understand diverse philosophies and cultures within and across societies.
  • Can communicate effectively.
  • Understand the role of creativity, innovation, discovery, and expression across disciplines.
  • Have acquired skills for effective citizenship and life-long learning.

 

Download Outcomes of Undergraduate Education at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities (pdf)

Student Development Outcomes

The University of Minnesota is committed to providing the best undergraduate experience possible for its students and to prepare them for the next stages of their lives. It is in pursuit of these goals that the University is intentionally promoting the seven student development outcomes (SDOs) for all undergraduate students.

University of Minnesota undergraduates will demonstrate:

  • Responsibility and Accountability by making appropriate decisions on behavior and accepting the consequences of their actions.
  • Independence and Interdependence by knowing when to collaborate or seek help and when to act on their own.
  • Goal Orientation by managing their energy and attention to achieve specific outcomes.
  • Self-Awareness by knowing their personal strengths and talents and acknowledging their shortcomings.
  • Resilience by recovering and learning from setbacks or disappointments.
  • Appreciation of Differences by recognizing the value of interacting with individuals with backgrounds and/or perspectives different from their own.
  • Tolerance of Ambiguity by demonstrating the ability to perform in complicated environments where clear cut answers or standard operating procedures are absent.

 

Download Outcomes of Undergraduate Education at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities (pdf)

Campus Labs

The University of Minnesota- Twin Cities campus has joined with our system campuses in implementing Campus Labs as the University’s assessment/accreditation management system. The implementation of Campus Labs (January 2015) has allowed us to centralize and coordinate various efforts across the campus, as well as for the system campuses, in the areas of assessment of student learning, academic program review, strategic planning, and related activities. The system assists us with the ability to seamlessly create robust student learning analytical reports from a multitude of levels, including at the course, program, department, college, and University.

Need Assistance

The director of undergraduate assessment assists the undergraduate community on assessment of student learning at the University by supporting program, college, and University assessment activities; all in an effort to support a culture of assessment. You may contact Steven Hawks sjhawks@umn.edu in the Office of Undergraduate Education at 612-626-9414 with any questions or assistance.