Office of Assessment, Accreditation, and Program Review

Institutional Student Learning Outcomes

Background

Institutional Student Learning Outcomes (ISLOs) are statements of the general knowledge and skills that all graduates should be able to demonstrate at the time of graduation, regardless of academic program of study. ISLOs define the UT learning experience in broad terms and provide a mechanism to anchor students’ learning. Articulating learning outcomes for all graduates also enhances our overall approach to the assessment of student learning. They provide a framework that can be used at the level of the institution to identify how well our graduates in general have achieved competence in basic areas of learning.

UT's ISLOs are based on the Degree Qualifications Profile (DQP), the result of a national effort supported by the Lumina Foundation to guide efforts to strengthen the quality of associate's, bachelor's and master's degrees.  Each ISLO may be achieved and demonstrated in a variety of ways, depending on the unique structure of a degree-granting program. Due to the broad and general nature of these five areas of learning, it is expected that each academic program, as well as the core curriculum requirement for undergraduate students, will be able to map their existing student learning outcomes to them. The emphasis on each area of learning may vary depending on the level of a degree (undergraduate or graduate/professional) and its focus.

Institutional Student Learning Outcomes

1. BROAD AND INTEGRATIVE KNOWLEDGE: University of Toledo graduates will demonstrate proficiency in using broad, integrative knowledge.

Key areas include, but may not be limited to, the sciences, social sciences, humanities, research, arts, and global, intercultural and democratic learning and any other area that allows for integration of content from multiple disciplines or areas of study.

Examples of program student learning outcomes that would align to this area of learning include:

  • Students are able to demonstrate understanding of key concepts
  • Students are able to examine significant debates and questions
  • Students are able to make evidence-based arguments

2. SPECIALIZED KNOWLEDGE: Students demonstrate depth of knowledge in a field and are able to produce field-appropriate applications, drawing on both their major field of study and other fields.

Examples of program student learning outcomes that would align to this area of learning include:

  • Students are able to demonstrate an understanding of discipline specific knowledge
  • Students are able to apply knowledge in the field to solve unique problems

3. INTELLECTUAL SKILLS: University of Toledo graduates will demonstrate proficiency in using and integrating intellectual skills, including communication, across the curriculum.

Students will apply those skills to both (1) complex challenges within major fields and (2) broad, integrative problem-solving challenges in general education and in civic, global and applied learning. They should also demonstrate proficiency in communicating their understanding of challenges in the field and express, both orally and in writing, the outcomes of their analysis and application of their skills in responding to problems or unique situations that arise.

Examples of program student learning outcomes that would align to this area of learning include:

  • Students engage in critical thinking, actively conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and/or evaluating information
  • Students demonstrate proficiency in information literacy and the ability to use information resources
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to engage in ethical reasoning
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate both orally and in writing
  • Students will demonstrate interpersonal skills that support effective communication, i.e. emotional intelligence.

4. CIVIC AND GLOBAL LEARNING: University of Toledo graduates will demonstrate the knowledge required for responsible citizenship, both from their formal studies and from community-based learning.

Issues of social justice and the demonstration of ethical conduct are inherent in this category of learning. Civic learning may be demonstrated through research, community outreach, collaborative projects and/or field-based assignments.

Examples of program student learning outcomes that would align to this area of learning include:

  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of responsible citizenship in a global society
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to incorporate diverse views and perspectives
  • Students will evaluate their role and profession in the community and globally
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of their ethical responsibility when conducting research in terms of the rights of human subjects and proper scientific conduct

5. APPLIED AND COLLABORATIVE LEARNING: University of Toledo graduates will demonstrate their ability to integrate and apply their learning in complex projects and assignments, including collaborative efforts.

Applied and collaborative learning activities may include research, projects, practicums, internships, co-ops, work assignments, performances and creative tasks, service learning, and other forms of experiential learning that require application of knowledge in an authentic context.

Examples of program student learning outcomes that would align to this area of learning include:

  • Students will demonstrate the integration of knowledge by creating a unique group presentation or project
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively with others
  • Students will apply their knowledge and skill to effectively meet the expectations of their internship or co-op supervisor 
  • Students will develop and present both orally and in writing an original research proposal including review of literature, hypothesis statement, and methods
  • Students will demonstrate appropriate interview and counseling techniques when working with adolescent clients.
Last Updated: 11/13/17