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University Academic Programs

University Academic Programs

Student Learning Outcomes

Undergraduate Student Learning Outcomes

Over the course of a three-year planning process, the Undergraduate Student Learning Group met with each undergraduate academic department and with the Faculty Senate to develop the Undergraduate Student Learning Outcomes. These outcomes flow directly from the University's educational mission and goals as they emphasize learning across and within the disciplines, intellectual engagement, as well as engagement with both local and global communities.

We are dedicated to helping students achieve the following learning and developmental outcomes by the time they graduate. These outcomes demonstrate that the University values liberal learning and the breadth of thinking that derives from it, as well as disciplinary and interdisciplinary learning and the depth of thinking derived from those.

Quantitative Reasoning

Students describe quantitative relations and apply appropriate quantitative strategies to examine significant questions and form conclusions.

Communication

Students develop considered judgments and craft compelling expressions of their thoughts in written, spoken, visual, technologically-mediated, and other forms of interaction.

Intellectual Engagement and Reflection

Students demonstrate a commitment to self-sustained learning and cultivate habits, including self-discipline, self-reflection, and creativity which make such learning possible.

Engagement with Human Diversity

Students critically reflect on their own social and cultural identities and make connections and constructively engage with people from groups that are characterized by social and cultural dimensions other than their own.

Community Engagement

Students consider their relationships with their own and others' physical and social communities as they engage collaboratively with those communities.

Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice

Students demonstrate breadth and depth of knowledge within at least one discipline including the fundamental principles and ways of knowing or practicing in the discipline(s).

Graduate Student Learning Outcomes

Graduate and professional education is inherently different from undergraduate education in that the more basic student learning outcomes of the baccalaureate degree create a foundation upon which students may build independent, specialized, and advanced accomplishments in post-baccalaureate learning. The following graduate and professional student learning outcomes are intended to present broad categories that define what graduate and professional program students may accomplish in individual programs and degrees. We acknowledge the differences that are inherent among the arts, social sciences, natural sciences, and technical and professional programs at the University of Denver. Thus, each individual program interprets these guidelines through the lens of its own goals to develop learning outcomes and associated rubrics that define and measure program-specific learning outcomes. These learning outcomes flow from the University of Denver Mission Statement. As a living document, we acknowledge that these outcomes may evolve over time.

We are dedicated to helping students achieve the following learning and developmental outcomes by the time they graduate. These outcomes demonstrate that the University values liberal learning and the breadth of thinking that derives from it, as well as disciplinary and interdisciplinary learning and the depth of thinking derived from those.

Advanced Theoretical/Disciplinary Knowledge and Skills Through Discovery, Application, and Expression

Graduate and professional program students develop, interpret, and express advanced theoretical and/or disciplinary knowledge by applying appropriate modes of inquiry, research, and skills.

Graduate and professional program students recognize the limitations of existing knowledge, create original works, and develop and apply new knowledge, skills, or creative expressions that synthesize critical, theoretical, historical, and individual ideas.

Professional/Ethical Identity, Values, and Leadership

Graduate and professional program students develop professional and ethical identities, apply professional values, and demonstrate appropriate expertise, leadership and collaborative qualities.

Intercultural and Local/Global Engagement

Graduate and professional program students engage collaboratively with others in local and global communities, acknowledging the interdependence of the world's cultures and peoples, practicing inclusive excellence, and contributing to the common good.

Critical Intellectual Engagement

Graduate and professional program students demonstrate abilities needed to sustain learning and its application and expression, including critical intellectual comparisons, synthesis, and self-reflection.