Student learning outcomes statements clearly state the expected knowledge, skills, attitudes, competencies, and habits of mind that students are expected to acquire at an institution of higher education.

General Education Competencies

At the Undergraduate level, Temple has established 8 core competencies for General Education. These 8 core competencies serve as the student learning outcomes for the General Education Program. In order to achieve these competencies, all undergraduate students at Temple complete the GenEd curriculum, which consists of 11 courses in 9 different learning areas.

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Schools and Colleges

Each academic program within Temple's 17 schools and colleges develops its own student learning outcomes, which are reviewed annually. Click on the Schools and Colleges below to see the student learning outcomes for the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral programs within that school.

Developing Program Level Student Learning Outcomes

Good assessment begins with well-defined and clearly articulated learning goals. The video below contains useful information on developing learning goals that describe what we want students to learn.

The Middle States Commission's handbook on Student Learning Assessment also contains information on developing strong student learning outcomes.

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View a tool for drafting student learning outcomes »

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Assessments should be clearly linked to learning outcomes. Examples below demonstrate how outcomes are linked to assessment. See assessment reports for further examples.

Examples demonstrate how outcomes are linked to assessment




BS Human Development and Community Engagement

Students will demonstrate professional skills necessary to their future careers.

Internship site supervisors complete student evaluations assessing the development of various professional skills such as dependability, professional behavior and communication skills.

General Education

Use and apply quantitative and scientific reasoning to explain phenomena in the context of everyday life.

GenEd collected items of student work from science and technology GenEd courses and scored each item using an internally developed scientific reasoning rubric.

University Housing and Residential Life (UHRL)

Increase student learning, development, and academic success through residential experience by engaging students in self-exploration, relationship development, and social and cultural awareness.

OwlChats, one-on-one conversations between student leaders and residents, are guided by questions that are mapped to learning goals. Chat data is logged and categorized into various discussion themes.