Institutional Learning Goals

Stanislaus State has adopted Institutional Learning Goals at both the undergraduate and graduate level reflecting the University Vision and Mission. These Institutional Learning Goals reflect the unique educational outcomes the Stanislaus community believes all Stanislaus graduates will and should possess at the time of graduation. The General Education Learning Goals mirror the Baccalaureate Learning Goals demonstrating the centrality of General Education in the Stanislaus State undergraduate experience.

 1. University Mission, 2. Institutional Learning Outcomes (Baccalaureate and Graduate), 3a. General Education Goals, 3b. Program Learning Outcomes, 4. Course Learning Outcomes

Baccalaureate Learning Goals

These Baccalaureate Learning Goals represent the skills and competencies, knowledge, and abilities that Stanislaus State commits to developing in its students through General Education, the major, and co-curricular programs.  Students will be expected to:

  1. Demonstrate expertise in a scholarly discipline and understand the discipline in relation to other disciplines and the historical context.
  2. Develop the intellectual skills and competencies necessary to participate effectively in society and the world.
  3. Develop broad knowledge of biological and physical sciences, humanities and creative arts, and social sciences.
  4. Develop the abilities to integrate knowledge, make informed ethical decisions, and accept civic responsibility.
  5. Demonstrate personal responsibility and civic engagement with respect and appreciation for diverse local and global peoples, cultures, environments, and resources.

13/AS/15/UEPC - Baccalaureate Learning Goals in the Faculty Handbook
Approved by the Academic Senate on November 10, 2015
Approved by President Joseph F. Sheley on January 4, 2016

General Education Learning Goals

  1. Develop the intellectual skills and competencies necessary to participate effectively in society and the world.
  2. Develop broad knowledge of biological and physical sciences, humanities and creative arts, and social sciences.
  3. Develop abilities to integrate knowledge, make informed ethical decisions, and accept civic responsibility.

The General Education Learning Goals are listed with outcomes on the General Education website.

17/AS/14/UEPC Resolution to Adopt General Education Goals and Outcomes in the Faculty Handbook
Approved by the Academic Senate on February 10, 2015
Approved by President Joseph F. Sheley on March 26, 2015

Graduate Learning Goals

To ensure the quality of the advanced programs and student learning experiences, the Graduate Council established six student learning goals for graduate/postbaccalaureate students in master's and doctoral degree programs.

  1. Students will demonstrate advanced knowledge, skills, and values appropriate to the discipline.
  2. Students will demonstrate the ability to be creative, analytical, and critical thinkers within the scope of the discipline.
  3. Students will demonstrate the ability to contribute to the scholarship of their disciplines.
  4. Students will demonstrate relevant knowledge of diverse perspectives and broader contexts as appropriate to the discipline.
  5. Students will demonstrate knowledge of new and various methods and applications as appropriate to the discipline.
  6. Students will be required to demonstrate advanced communication skills, complemented, as appropriate to the discipline, by the ability to access and analyze information from myriad primary, print, and technological sources.

The Graduate Council continually assesses the achievement of these goals using surveys, program reviews, and analyses of student academic performance.

5/AS/16/GC - Graduate Learning Goals in the Faculty Handbook.
Approved by the Academic Senate on April 12, 2016
Approved by President Joseph F. Sheley on May 5, 2016