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University Learning Objectives

Nationwide Trends - Student Expectations

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How Do Cal Poly's University Learning Objectives
Prepare Students?


They are intended to be aligned throughout the university,  so that students can make connections in their learning experiences with

  • Courses in the major
  • Courses in General Education and
  • Extra-curricular activities like participating in a club, attending an event in the residence halls, or learning from an on or off campus job.

Cal Poly's University Learning Outcomes...

encompass the LEAP (Liberal Education and America's Promise) outcomes. This set of essential learning outcomes has been developed by the Association of American Colleges and Universities with input from colleges and universities across the nation.


Knowledge of Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World

  • Through study in the sciences and mathematics, social sciences, humanities, histories, languages, and the arts 

    ~ Focused by engagement with big questions, both contemporary and enduring

Intellectual and Practical Skills

  • Inquiry and analysis
  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Written and oral communication
  • Quantitative literacy
  • Information literacy
  • Teamwork and problem solving 

    ~ Practiced extensively, across the curriculum, in the context of progressively more  
      challenging problems, projects, and standards for performance

Personal and Social Responsibility

  • Civic knowledge and engagement (local and global)
  • Intercultural knowledge and competence
  • Ethical reasoning and action
  • Foundations and skills for lifelong learning 

    Anchored through active involvement with diverse communities and real-world

Integrative Learning

  • Synthesis and advanced accomplishment across general and specialized studies 

        ~ Demonstrated through the application of knowledge, skills, and 
           responsibilities to new settings and complex problems



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