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Learning Outcomes

In response to recommendations by the Accreditation team from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities in Spring 2006, each department of Campus Life developed learning outcomes for their programs, services and resources. A comprehensive list of all of the learning outcomes and their description for Campus Life departments is available below. For information about the assessment of these learning outcomes, please visit the Assessment and Evaluation section of this page.

General Student Learning Outcomes for Campus Life Departments

Academic/Career Development: Students will make connections between classroom and out-of-classroom learning (experiential learning) as they apply to students’ personal goals and BYU’s general education foundations.

Accountability: Students will display appreciation and respect for the provided resources as sacred funds by utilizing them appropriately. They will invest in learning opportunities that support the mission and vision of the university or the donors.

Advertising: Students will make effective use of all available forms of media to be creative in raising local awareness of programs, events, and/or products.

Affinity for BYU: Students will have a sense of pride and heightened appreciation for being a part of BYU’s unique community.

Appreciation for BYU Experience: Students will recognize the unique atmosphere at BYU, and gain a sense of the privilege to simultaneously develop academically, socially, and spiritually.

Appreciation of Diversity: Students will further develop their identities, while participating in activities that expose them to various cultures. They will demonstrate an understanding of diverse forms of aesthetic and intellectual expression. There will be greater inclusion as students that belong to under-represented populations will be sought out and involved.

Awareness of Self: Students will demonstrate having healthy self images as they identify their purpose, talents and abilities. Students will also be open to constructive criticism and reflect on ways to improve on their weaknesses.

Awareness of Student Rights and Responsibilities: Students will demonstrate knowledge and an understanding of the Americans with Disability Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as it relates to their specific disability. They will be able to differentiate between their individual rights and responsibilities as it pertains to the academic environment.

Budget Management: Students show dedication to the success of individuals and organizations by sharing their personal time and talents in meaningful service. Through a change of heart, a pure love of Christ, this dedication leads to an investment of their time and talents in service.

Caring/Sharing: Students will show dedication to the success of individuals and organizations by sharing their personal time and talents in meaningful service opportunities. Through a change of heart, a pure love of Christ, this dedication leads to an investment of their time and talents in service activities.

Character Building: Students will develop traits of charity, integrity, reverence, modesty, self-control, courage, compassion, and industry.

“Choose to Give”: Students will cultivate a desire to give back to the university through means of service and subsidy.

Citizenship: Students will be proactive and assertive in fulfilling the responsibilities as citizens by practicing their rights to positively impact the campus community.

Civic Engagement: Students will engage in community service and leadership opportunities to promote civic participation, build community capacity, and enhance the overall university experience. They will demonstrate some knowledge of the principles and politics of the United States.

Collaboration Skills: Students will acknowledge that leadership is relational. They will define one another’s leadership capacities and successfully delegate responsibilities with encouragement. They will evidence their abilities to work well with various groups of people on campus - students, faculty, staff, and even those in the local community.

Communication Skills: Students will demonstrate competence in expressing their ideas in a variety of ways, both verbally and non-verbally, with clarity and effectiveness. They will also be exposed and expected to interpret information from written, oral, and visual media.

Community Outreach: Students will examine the needs and issues in the community, and design projects to alleviate those concerns. In addition, they will hold significant roles in uniting the members of the community.

Critical Thinking: Students will gather and organize information relevant to the subject under study. They will analyze the information and arguments, develop hypotheses, and construct convincing arguments. They will defend their well-reasoned arguments by supporting with documented research, including quantitative data analysis. They will demonstrate an ability to view the world and its phenomena from many different perspectives.

Cultural Sensitivity: Students will recognize cultural differences and behave decorously with respect and appreciation. They will participate in programs that promote cultural unity.

Decision Making Skills: Students will analyze various factors involved in decision making, predicting and judging possible repercussions. They will be encouraged to reflect on the mission and vision of the programs or the university to make sensible judgments.

Documentation: Students will keep detailed records and histories of relevant meetings, communications, and events.

Efficiency: Students will plan, organize, and execute their ideas to meet the objectives of various projects. They will build on their professionalism by completing all tasks in a timely and competent manner.

Enriching the Environment: Students will display their understanding of “fellow citizenry” through their dealings with colleagues and university administrators as to increase multicultural awareness.

Exemplifying Gospel Principles: Students will model behaviors that support the gospel principles. They will stand as examples in experiencing the happiness from living righteously.

Gospel and Honor Code Based Behaviors: Students who work with the Honor Code Office will develop improved behaviors that are based on Gospel and Honor Code principles by basing their decision on gospel principles, acting in congruence with the Honor code and will not commit further Honor Code violations.

Gospel Principle Application: Students will apply gospel principles through actions and words to every day situations.

Heighten Spiritual Consciousness: Students will maintain a work atmosphere that invites that Sprit. They will consistently seek divine direction while making decisions and planning events.

Inclusion: Students will promote and execute activities that target participants of various populations.

Innovation/Creative Thinking: Students will implement new innovative ideas and strategies, and not be limited to only those ideas that have been successful in the past.

Integrity: Students will embody actions and words that represent the highest standards of honor and morality. Students will engage in activities that prove their commitment to complying with the virtues of the BYU Honor Code.

Leadership: Students will evidence their abilities to guide and motivate others while working efficiently as team members. They will exhibit dedication and commitments to the obligations that have been given. The decisions and choices they make will reflect both personal integrity and community values.

Life Planning/Life Management: Students will prove their capabilities to balance responsibilities and pressures of work/school/personal time without neglecting any one area. They will show a sense of foresight and plan actions accordingly.

Listening: Students will develop their abilities to listen and understand others without any preconceptions. They will also show growth in areas of communicating with their colleagues as well as their supervisors.

Marketing Skills: Students will produce publications through multimedia to promote special events and products. They will incorporate creative and popular advertising media for the target audience.

Mentoring/Recruiting: Students will recruit peer-leaders that support and enhance the goals of the program. They will train and mentor future leaders who will continue to develop the program.

Moral and Ethical Understanding: Students who work with the Honor Code Office will demonstrate increased moral and ethical understanding through an appreciation of the consequences of their behaviors/actions, the knowledge of the impact of their behavior on others, the purpose and value of the honor code which will result in strengthening their commitment to abide by the Honor Code.

Motivational Skills: Students will use positive reinforcement, rewarding appropriately, energizing and inspiring team members.

Networking: Students will establish mutually rewarding relationships among peers, advisors, and other university personnel.

Participation: Students will actively contribute to, and become involved in projects or tasks that support growth in their respective roles at work and at the university.

Peacemaking Skills: Students will use effective peacemaking principles, problem solving methods, and dialoguing skills to reduce contention and to resolve conflict in ways that are fair and constructive to all parties.

Personal Accountability: Students at Brigham Young University demonstrate Personal Accountability by making appropriate choices, being responsible for their actions, by positively contributing to their community and committing to abide by Honor Code standards. Their choices and actions must be based on the values and principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Perspective Objectivity: Students will strengthen their abilities to reflect and look at situations from multiple points of view.

Practical Know-how: Students will exhibit the ability to problem-solve and manage unforeseen obstacles. They will successfully play their leadership roles by carrying out their responsibilities in an organized manner, utilizing all available resources to accomplish tasks efficiently.

Prioritization: Students will demonstrate the ability to recognize those that require most immediate time and attention.

Problem Solving: Students will develop the ability to analyze the complexity of problematic situations. They will use logic and sound judgment to make resolutions.

Professionalism: Students will display moral conduct with their peers, university personnel, and community members. They will present themselves in a manner appropriate for every circumstance, considering their professional responsibilities and ties to the university.

Programming Skills: Students will plan, execute, and evaluate the success of their programmed events.

Reflection: Students will ponder and evaluate their past and present work to better plan for the future. They will do this both formally and informally during personal time as well as during stewardships with their supervisors and at reflection activities.

Regulatory Compliance: International students and exchange visitors will demonstrate responsibility in abiding by applicable federal regulations. They will consult with advisors in the International Services Office as necessary and provide documentation of working by designated protocols in a timely fashion.

Resource Awareness: Students will be able to articulate the services and resources that are available in the department. They will demonstrate the ability to inform others about the availability and role of the department.

Resource Management: Students will be able to verbalize the resources that are available in their work areas, and utilize them as effectively and creatively as possible. They will display an appreciation and respect for the resources as representing donations and sacred funds through cautious care and management.

Retention: Students will demonstrate achievement in areas of academics and student involvement to continue each year as a part of BYU’s student body while progressing towards successful and timely graduation.

Safety Awareness: Students will be able to articulate relevant university safety codes and means of avoiding safety hazards. They will routinely pay attention to safety issues involved in every project or activity.

Self Discipline: Students will display a strong sense of purpose and initiative to accomplish their educational goals.

Service Development/Caring for Others: Students will actively engage in service programs that provide relief and joy in others.

Sharing: Students will exhibit eagerness to appropriately share resources and responsibilities as well as successes with team members.

Servant Leadership: Students will address the needs of the campus and local community through service and civic engagement.

Social Interaction: Students will attend events that provide opportunities for engagement with others. They will increase their confidence in the ability to provide enjoyment to others.

Team Skills: Students will strengthen collaboration skills as they work with others to reach a common goal or vision.

Technology Skills: Students will evidence proficiency in computer literacy and ability to use technical means to innovatively promote programs, events and/or products.

Time Management: Students will master the ability to distribute their time and energy prudently to school, work, family, and leisure.

Tolerance: Student will behave and speak objectively, free from prejudice or discrimination while respecting others and their differences.

*Last updated 16 August 2008