Evidence of Student Learning

The University of San Diego is strongly committed to student learning outcome achievement as primary indicators of success in striving for academic excellence in undergraduate and graduate education. Its Roman Catholic traditions assure students of the acquisition of knowledge, values, skills, and practice that contribute to personal development, professional accomplishment and financial viability in a changing world. Student learning outcome assessments provide us with systematic evidence of knowledge, competencies and educational experiences so that we can evaluate our progress, support our continued success, and target specific areas for improvement.

Each academic program is student-centered, identifying learning outcomes and evaluating data within the undergraduate and graduate degree programs. We strive for assessments that are both meaningful and realistic, using a variety of methods and targeting specific outcomes over multi-year cycles. We engage in continual discussion on the implications that we derive from our findings, whether these result in curricular restructuring, revising course/program content and design, or exploring instructional practices. We assess student learning in the following units: the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the School of Law, the Hahn School of Nursing, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, the Division of Student Affairs, the Divison of Professional and Continuing Education, the Undergraduate Core Curriculum, and University Co-Curricular Programs.

Review summaries of our student learning outcomes assessments for each of our units: