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Learning Outcomes and Core Competencies

A learning outcome is a formalized statement of what a learner will understand, value, or be able to do when the course or program is complete. It is designed to be a measurable statement that connects learning activities between courses, programs, and the university. What follows here is information about the program learning outcomes in place at UC San Diego.

Program Learning Outcomes at UC San Diego

The program learning outcomes at UC San Diego are reported in a document titled the Inventory of Educational Effectiveness Indicators (IEEI). In addition to articulating the learning outcomes, the document includes information about assessment activities.

Program Learning Outcomes- Departments

Departments:

Departments
Most Current IEEI
(by core competency- CC-IEEI)
Previous IEEI
(P-IEEI)
Anthropology
Anthropology- CC-IEEI
Anthropology- P-IEEI
Bioengineering
Bioengineering- CC-IEEI
Bioengineering- P-IEEI
Biological Sciences, Division of
Biological Sciences, Division of- CC-IEEI
Biological Sciences, Division of- P-IEEI
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Chemistry and Biochemistry- CC-IEEI
Chemistry and Biochemistry- P-IEEI
Cognitive Science
Cognitive Science- CC-IEEI
Cognitive Science- P-IEEI
Communication
Communication- CC-IEEI
Communication- P-IEEI
Computer Science & Engineering
Computer Science & Engineering- CC-IEEI
Computer Science & Engineering- P-IEEI
Economics
Economics- CC-IEEI
Economics- P-IEEI
Education Studies
Education Studies- CC-IEEI
 
Electrical & Computer Engineering
Electrical & Computer Engineering- CC-IEEI
Electrical & Computer Engineering- P-IEEI
Ethnic Studies
Ethnic Studies- CC-IEEI
Ethnic Studies- P-IEEI
History
History- CC-IEEI
History- P-IEEI
Linguistics
Linguistics- CC-IEEI
Linguistics- P-IEEI
Literature
Literature- CC-IEEI
Literature- P-IEEI
Mathematics
Mathematics- CC-IEEI
Mathematics- P-IEEI
Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering- CC-IEEI
Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering- P-IEEI
Music
Music- CC-IEEI
Music- P-IEEI
NanoEngineering
NanoEngineering- CC-IEEI
NanoEngineering- P-IEEI
Philosophy
Philosophy- CC-IEEI
Philosophy- P-IEEI
Physics
Physics- CC-IEEI
Physics- P-IEEI
Political Science
Political Science- CC-IEEI
Political Science- P-IEEI
Psychology
Psychology- CC-IEEI
Psychology- P-IEEI
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Scripps Institution of Oceanography- CC-IEEI
Scripps Institution of Oceanography- P-IEEI
Sociology
Sociology- CC-IEEI
Sociology- P-IEEI
Structural Engineering
Structural Engineering- CC-IEEI
Structural Engineering- P-IEEI
Theater and Dance
Theater and Dance- CC-IEEI
Theater and Dance- P-IEEI
Visual Arts
Visual Arts- CC-IEEI
Visual Arts- P-IEEI


WASC IEEI Form
- by core competency

WASC IEEI Form- previous version

Program Learning Outcomes- Programs

Programs:

Programs
Most Current IEEI
(by core competency- CC-IEEI)
Previous IEEI
(P-IEEI)
Analytical Writing
Analytical Writing- CC-IEEI
Chemical Engineering
Chemical Engineering- CC-IEEI
Chemical Engineering- P-IEEI
Chinese Studies
Chinese Studies- CC-IEEI
Chinese Studies- P-IEEI
Classical Studies
Classical Studies- CC-IEEI
Classical Studies- P-IEEI
Critical Gender Studies
Critical Gender Studies- CC-IEEI
Critical Gender Studies- P-IEEI
Environmental Systems
Environmental Systems- CC-IEEI
Environmental Systems- P-IEEI
German Studies
German Studies- CC-IEEI
German Studies- P-IEEI
Global Health
Global Health- CC-IEEI
Global Health- P-IEEI
Human Development Sciences
Human Development Sciences- CC-IEEI
Human Development- P-IEEI
International Studies
International Studies- CC-IEEI
International Studies- P-IEEI
Italian Studies
Italian Studies- CC-IEEI
Italian Studies- P-IEEI
Japanese Studies
Japanese Studies- CC-IEEI
Japanese Studies- P-IEEI
Jewish Studies
Jewish Studies- CC-IEEI
Jewish Studies- P-IEEI
Latin American Studies
Latin American Studies- CC-IEEI
Latin American Studies- P-IEEI
Public Health
Public Health- CC-IEEI
Public Health- P-IEEI
Religion, Study Of
Religion, Study of- CC-IEEI
Religion, Study of- P-IEEI
Russian, E. European & Eurasian Studies
Russian, E. European & Eurasian Studies- CC-IEEI
Russian, E. European & Eurasian Studies- P-IEEI
Third World Studies
Third World Studies- CC-IEEI
Third World Studies- P-IEEI
Urban Studies and Planning
Urban Studies and Planning- CC-IEEI
Urban Studies- P-IEEI


WASC IEEI Form
- by core competency

WASC IEEI Form- previous version

Program Learning Outcomes- Colleges

Program Learning Outcomes - Graduate Division

UC San Diego Core Competencies

 At UC San Diego, program learning outcomes are aligned with both institutional and WASC-WSCUC core competencies. 

UC San Diego Core Competencies

  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
  • Research Ability
  • Oral, Written, & Digital Communication
  • Teamwork & Cross-Cultural Collaboration
  • Understanding Global Context
  • Leadership
  • Professionalism & Integrity
  • Self-Reflection
  • Career Development
  • Digital Information Fluency
  • Civic Engagement & Social Responsibility
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurial Thinking

Additional information about the UC San Diego Core Competencies, including definitions, is available at: https://elt.ucsd.edu/competencies/index.html

Accrediting Agency Core Competencies (WSCUC)

At UC San Diego, program learning outcomes are aligned with both institutional and WASC-WSCUC core competencies. 

WSCUC Core Competencies

Core Competency

Definition

Written Communication

Communication by means of written language for informational, persuasive, and expressive purposes. Written communication may appear in many forms, or genres. Successful written communication depends on mastery of the conventions of the written language, facility with culturally accepted structures for presentation and argument, awareness of audience, and other situation-specific factors. 

Oral Communication

Communication by means of spoken language for information, persuasive, and expressive purposes. In addition to speech, oral communication may employ visual aids, body language, intonation, and other non-verbal elements to support the conveyance of meaning and connection with the audience. Oral communication may include speeches, presentations, discussions, dialogue, and other forms of interpersonal communication, either delivered face to face or mediated technologically. 

Quantitative Reasoning

The ability to apply mathematical concepts to the interpretation and analysis of quantitative information in order to solve a wide range of problems, from those arising in pure and applied research to everyday issues and questions. It may include such dimensions as ability to apply math skills, judge reasonableness, communicate quantitative information, and recognize the  limits of mathematical or statistical methods.

Information Literacy

According the Association of College and Research Libraries, the ability to “recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use the needed information” for a wide range of purposes. An information-literate individual is able to determine the extent of information needed, access it, evaluate it and its sources, use the information effectively, and do so ethically and legally. 

Critical Thinking

The ability to think in a way that is clear, reasoned, reflective, informed by evidence, and aimed at deciding what to believe or do. Dispositions supporting critical thinking include open-mindedness and motivation to seek the truth.

History of Program Learning Outcomes at UC San Diego


Time frame

Milestone

WSCUC Requirement- Five Core Competencies

2013

UC San Diego’s regional accreditor, the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), added a new requirement to its Handbook of Accreditation that institutions, at review time, describe how their learning outcomes address each of five core competencies:

  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Information Literacy
  • Critical Thinking

Discovery and Revision of Current Practices

May – September, 2016

The Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Education conducted a preliminary analysis of every College, Department, and Program Inventory of Educational Effectiveness Indicators (IEEI) to identify where these core competencies were already part of the program learning outcomes.

October – December, 2016

All Colleges, Departments, and Programs revised and reorganized the inventories to more intentionally include the five core competencies and to add more descriptive language in those cases when these core competencies were already part of their program learning outcomes.

Assessed the Work to Date

January – April, 2017

Once the inventories were reviewed, the Office of the DUE conducted a second analysis of the inventories for every College, Department, and Program to identify where core competencies were or were not included in the inventories.

Outcomes:

  • All six Colleges have inventories that describe how all five core competencies are included in their curriculum.
  • Over half of Departments and Programs have submitted revised inventories. Most core competencies are included in the inventories.

Integrated the Five Core Competencies

May, 2017 – July, 2018

Departments, Colleges, and Programs undergoing Program Review were asked to revise their inventories in the new format and to work with the Teaching and Learning Commons to further develop learning outcomes for each competency, as appropriate.

Published Revised Inventories

August – December, 2018

Departments, Colleges, and Programs finalized current revisions to their inventories and the inventories are published online. Everyone is encouraged to work with the Teaching and Learning Commons to further develop learning outcomes for each competency, as appropriate.

Closing the Assessment Cycle Loop

January, 2018 - Present

Departments, Colleges and Programs are reflecting on the previous year’s assessment, modifying program learning outcomes, adjusting course mapping, revising the assessment plan for the coming year, and collecting assessment data.