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Student Affairs Learning Outcomes

UIC Student Affairs provides a myriad of out of the classroom opportunities in which students engage in throughout their college experience. Through these experiences students are able to apply and connect what they are learning both in and outside the classroom. The approach to developing the student learning outcomes framework for Student Affairs is based on the premise that students first acquire knowledge related to these learning domains, are given the opportunity to apply the skills learned through their out of the classroom experiences, and ultimately intergrate these skills into their lives to serve them beyond their time at UIC. Recognizing the student experience involves moving in and out of programs and across units over a cumulative and collective period of time four levels of learning shaped the development of the learning outcomes for Student Affairs:

  • Divisional Learning Outcomes allow for integration and shared responsibility for student learning across units.
  • Departmental Learning Outcomes define what students will learn through multiple programs and services offered within a unit.
  • Programmatic Learning Outcomes define what students can achieve through participating in one or more activities or services within one program area of a unit.
  • Activity Based Learning Outcomes define what students can achieve through participation in a singular activity or service at one point in time.

The four broad learning domains for UIC Student Affairs adopted include:
Cognitive Skills
Resiliency & Practical Skills
Intrapersonal & Interpersonal Development
Diversity & Social Responsibility

Based on these four learning domains Blooms and Krathwohl’s taxonomy (1956, 2002) was used as the guiding framework to write the divisional learning outcome statement for each learning domain. Here are the Student Affairs divisional learning outcomes for each learning domain.

Learning Domain

Domain Descriptors

Student Affairs Learning Outcome Statement

Cognitive Skills

Critical Thinking/Problem Solving, Academic Success Skill Development, Reflective Thinking, Intellectual Flexibility, Creativity

Students who engage with UIC Student Affairs programs and services will be able to evaluate problems, issues, and questions through cognitive strategies to make meaning of their integrated experiences.

Resiliency & Practical Skills

Life Skills/Resilience, Career Development, Communication Skills, Health and Wellness

Students who engage with UIC Student Affairs programs and services will be able to manage personal and professional experiences, behaviors, and skills to confidently achieve life-long success.

Intrapersonal & Interpersonal Skills

Self-Awareness & Understanding, Purpose/Personal Mission, Ethics, Meaningful Relationships, Collaboration & Teamwork

Students who engage with UIC Student Affairs programs and services will be able to construct a personal identity with a sense of self that positively contributes to meaningful, collaborative and interdependent relationships.

Diversity & Social Responsibility

Social Justice, Intersectionality/Intercultural Competence, Leadership, Community Engagement, Civic Engagement

Students who engage with UIC Student Affairs programs and services will be able to synthesize skills to identify differences with respect to multiple perspectives, while acknowledging and constructively challenging one’s own biases and maintaining a commitment to civic engagement in the pursuit of equity and social change.

While often knowledge acquisition, application, and integration are represented as a separate domain, learning in that context is inherent, implied, and progressive in the domains selected for UIC Student Affairs.