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Student Affairs Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Our work in Student Affairs is guided by five learning themes which support the mission, values, and general education outcomes of Emporia State University.pdf. Within each theme are broad outcomes, which define and focus the themes. Student Affairs departments whose missions have a student learning and development component should use these themes and outcomes to guide the development and assessment of departmental and/or programmatic learning objectives.


In turn, departments should be able to connect their programs and learning experiences to at least one of the 24 broad outcomes outlined below.

Practical Competence

  • Pursuing goals
  • Effective communication
  • Technological competence
  • Career development
  • Health and wellness

Cognitive Complexity

  • Critical thinking
  • Reflective thinking
  • Effective reasoning
  • Creativity

Civic & Social Responsibility

  • Appreciation of cultural and human differences
  • Global perspective
  • Civic responsibility
  • Social responsibility

Interpersonal & Intrapersonal Competence

  • Healthy personal relationships
  • Controversy with civility
  • Adaptability
  • Leadership and teamwork
  • Self-awareness, self-respect, and purpose
  • Identity development
  • Living a personal code of values and ethics

Persistence & Academic Achievement

  • Navigating the academic environment
  • Commitment to Emporia State University
  • Commitment to academic and career goals
  • Engagement in the campus community