University of San Diego Co-Curricular Learning Outcomes and Definitions

The University of San Diego values the holistic development of students; nurturing the mind, body, and spirit activates our Catholic identity and mission. We draw on our foundation as a Catholic liberal arts institution to articulate the learning that students engage with in all aspects of their experience at USD. As such, the Strategic Oversight Committee on Student Success charged a group of faculty, staff, and students from divisions across the institution to articulate learning outcomes that complement the Undergraduate Learning Goals and Outcomes (University of San Diego, 2011) and integrate the entire student experience; coordinate existing and/or design new intentional, seamless opportunities for students to achieve those outcomes; incentivize student engagement in the outcomes; and assess the outcomes.

This document summarizes the five co-curricular learning outcome definitions developed by teams of faculty, staff, and students in fall 2014 and revised in fall 2016. Modeled after the American Association of Colleges and Schools VALUE Rubrics, the teams drafted framing language, a glossary, outcome definition, and a rubric and these documents will be used to achieve the remainder of the charge stated above. The rubrics reflect a progression from less to more complex learning and we acknowledge that learning is not always linear. Each document was drafted with wide input and then reviewed by faculty and staff involved in the process. See the full University of San Diego Co-Curricular Outcomes.

Activate and initiate positive change

Authentic engagement is the ability to demonstrate the values, knowledge and skills to communicate honestly and deeply with others. It means advocating for oneself and working in solidarity with others for the purpose of promoting positive social change.

Awaken your inner strength

Courageous Living is a willingness to take risks to develop one’s authentic self. It is exploring multiple perspectives and standing up for one’s beliefs and values. Living courageously is a practice that one chooses on a daily basis. It means embracing challenges with the outlook that every experience is an opportunity for growth. Courageous living is discovering the inner strength to actualize one’s dreams.

Explore who you are in relation to others

The Identities and Communities outcome focuses on the exploration of self in relation to others from similar and differing backgrounds. In this process, students engage with difference, find a community(ies) where they feel like they belong and matter, and develop social empathy as they work alongside community partners as co-learners and co-generators of knowledge.

Discover your purpose in life

Benevolent purpose encourages students to reflect on values and beliefs and address the questions of vocation: What do I believe? Who am I called to become? The second question depends on insight gained from the first; in other words, the impact one most desires to make ought to flow from one’s self‐awareness; including one’s values and beliefs, gifts and talents, spirituality and faith tradition.

Embody healthy mind, body and spirit

The development of optimal body, mind and spirit through awareness of the well-being dimensions, skill building, and a personal commitment to lifelong practices that support overall wellness.

Revised 12/21/16