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University-Level Assessment: Undergraduate

University-wide undergraduate student learning outcomes articulate Saint Louis University's distinctive undergraduate educational expectations for all graduates, regardless of their specific academic major. 

Undergraduate Student Learning Outcomes

Framed by our institutional mission, SLU's University-wide undergraduate student learning outcomes define the essential educational expectations for all graduates, regardless of major. 

Outcome: Graduates will understand how knowledge is created and shared across forms and contexts.

  • Demonstrate level-appropriate knowledge of the content of an academic discipline. 
  • Describe how ways of knowing differ among disciplines and cultures.
  • Communicate effectively in multiple disciplines and contexts.
  • Explain how Catholic, Jesuit traditions inform the University's mission.
  • Apply religious knowledge to social, cultural and professional contexts.
  • Integrate learning across disciplines to enhance understanding.
  • Integrate learning from curricular and co-curricular experiences to enhance understanding.
  • Graduates will understand inquiry as sustained engagement with increasingly complex questions.

Outcome: Identify and apply multiple methods of inquiry to address complex questions.

  • Systematically collect and analyze evidence.
  • Critically evaluate and incorporate information and its sources.
  • Consider increasingly complex questions to advance inquiry.
  • Demonstrate writing as a mode of inquiry.

Outcome: Graduates will understand themselves in solidarity with and for others locally, nationally, and globally.

  • Demonstrate awareness of the complex identities of themselves and others.
  • Act upon what they know in the service of others.
  • Discern the ethical consequences of decisions, actions and inaction.
  • Discern how their engagement with diverse communities and cultures affects themselves and others.
  • Demonstrate ability to work within and across communities to promote social justice.

Outcome: Graduates will understand their relationship with the transcendent.

  • Articulate if and how faith and reason inform their understanding of and openness to God.
  • Demonstrate critical, informed and creative theological inquiry that deepens their understanding of the transcendent and the human condition.
  • Describe the evolution of their vocational quest for personal and professional purpose.
  • Articulate the rewards and challenges of living their beliefs with integrity.