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Student Affairs Learning Themes & 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. 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.

Learning Pyramid

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

Learning Themes Learning Outcomes
Practical Competence

 Practical Competence

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

 Cognitive Complexity

  • Critical thinking
  • Reflective thinking
  • Effective reasoning
  • Creativity
Civic & Social Responsibility

 Civic & Social Responsibility

  • Appreciation of cultural and human differences
  • Global perspective
  • Civic responsibility
  • Social responsibility
Interpersonal & Intrapersonal Competence

 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

 Persistence & Academic Achievement

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