Institutional Learning Outcomes

Institutional Learning Outcomes at USD are the layering of USD’s core values, program-learning outcomes, and undergraduate and graduate learning outcomes. Student learning outcomes assessment is the most direct way to gauge student success in curricular and co-curricular programs. Assessment of these outcomes occurs at various points throughout a student’s program of study.

Undergraduate Learning Outcomes

  • #1 Knowledge
  • #2 Information Literacy
  • #3 Creative Thinking
  • #4 Critical Thinking
  • #5 Analytical Inquiry
  • #6 Quantitative Reasoning
  • #7 Oral Communication
  • #8 Written Communication
  • #9 Second Language
  • #10 Diversity-Inclusion-Social Justice
  • #11 Civic Engagement
  • #12 Integrated Learning
  • #13 Ethical Reasoning

Graduate Learning Outcomes

  • #1 Knowledge
  • #2 Diverse Perspectives
  • #3 Critical Inquiry (Competency Skills)
  • #4 Applied Learning
  • #5 Communication
  • #6 Ethical Reasoning

Core Values

  • Academic Excellence
  • Knowledge
  • Community
  • Ethical Conduct
  • Compassionate Service