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University Learning Objectives

Discover Cal Poly's University Learning Objectives

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Cal Poly adopted seven University Learning Objectives (ULOs) to define the institution’s expectations for student learning.

Cal Poly's University Learning Objectives (ULOs)


  1. Think critically and creatively
  2. Communicate effectively
  3. Demonstrate expertise in a scholarly discipline and understand that discipline in relation to the larger world of the arts, sciences, and technology
  4. Work productively as individuals and in groups
  5. Use their knowledge and skills to make a positive contribution to society
  6. Make reasoned decisions based on an understanding of ethics, a respect for diversity, and an awareness of issues related to sustainability
  7. Engage in lifelong learning

  • ULO 6 states that all Cal Poly graduates should be able to make reasoned decisions based on a RESPECT AND APPRECIATION FOR DIVERSITY
  • Because of the complexity of these objectives, the Academic Senate adopted the Diversity Learning Objectives (DLOs) in 2008 and the Sustainability Learning Objectives (SLOs) in 2009, both as addenda to the ULOs.

Diversity Learning Objectives

All Students who complete an undergraduate or graduate program at Cal Poly should be able to make reasoned decisions based on a respect and appreciation for diversity.

Students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of relationships between diversity, inequality, and social, economic, and political power both in the United States and globally
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of contributions made by individuals from diverse and/or underrepresented groups to our local, national, and global communities
  3. Consider perspectives of diverse groups when making decisions
  4. Function as members of society and as professionals with people who have ideas, beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors that are different from their own

Sustainability Learning Objectives

Cal Poly defines sustainability as the ability of the natural and social systems to survive and thrive together to meet current and future needs.  Cal Poly students should be able to consider sustainability when making reasoned decisions.

Students should be able to:

  1. Define and apply sustainability principles within their academic programs
  2. Explain how natural, economic, and social systems interact to foster or prevent sustainability
  3. Analyze and explain local, national, and global sustainability using a multidisciplinary approach
  4. Consider sustainability principles while developing personal and professional values

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