UMD Student Learning Objectives
The following institutional objectives were reviewed by CASL and the Council of Deans, and have been approved by the Educational Policy Committee and the Vice Chancellor for Academic Administration. The objectives will be presented to Campus Assembly for action in April.
Upon receiving a bachelor's degree, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate competence in a major field(s)
- Communicate effectively through writing, speaking, and group interactions.
- Think critically and creatively in seeking solutions to practical and theoretical problems.
- Apply understanding of cultural differences in diverse environments.
- Contribute to communities in which they live.
- Use ethical reasoning to make informed and principled choices.
Connection with Program Outcomes
As the programs develop outcomes, faculty and staff in the programs should consider how institutional objectives are met and could be measured within program assessment plans.
As programs submit outcomes that are mapped against these intstitutional objectives, the outcomes will be categorized and used to develop narrower statements that describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. As we move forward, there will be bullet points under each of the six objectives that clarifies what will be measured to determine how well we are meeting each objective.
How does Liberal/General Education Fit In?
Theoretically, the abilities developed through academic programs, abilities developed through liberal/general education, as well as abilities developed through participation in co-curricular campus programs, combine to move the student toward the institutional objectives. Until the new liberal/general education component is determined, the outcomes addressed by the core requirements will not be known. CASL has recommended that the campus proceed with the implementation timeline for the assessment system and address any gaps once liberal/general education outcomes are determined.