Institutional Learning Outcomes

by Julia Kelb | Feb 26, 2021

Learning OutcomesOur identity as a Catholic Franciscan institution guides teaching practices in and out of the classroom at Marian University. During the 2018-19 academic year, Marian faculty and staff were engaged in discussions developing our institutional student learning outcomes and criteria for both undergraduate and graduate students. Facilitated by the Teaching and Learning Committee (TLC), faculty and staff considered best practices in higher education as well as strengths of our curriculum and co-curriculum. This included building on previous efforts incorporating the Degree Qualifications Profile and involved several discussions with faculty, student affairs, athletics, campus ministry, and counseling services.

In developing our institutional learning outcomes and criteria, TLC’s primary emphasis was on incorporating the Catholic and Franciscan Intellectual Traditions and our Franciscan Sponsorship Values of: (a) Dignity of the Individual, (b) Peace and Justice, (c) Reconciliation, and (d) Responsible Stewardship. Faith and Ethics was identified as one of our six institutional learning outcomes with five underlying criteria that build to deeper learning and higher-order thinking. However, the committee felt more needed to be done. Our Intellectual Traditions and Franciscan Sponsorship Values guide our teaching inside and outside the classroom, and it only made sense these values would guide our direct assessment efforts. In developing rubrics for the different criteria of our six institutional learning outcomes, TLC articulated performance standards that aligned with the Franciscan Sponsorship Values.

TLC asks about program alignment with institutional learning outcomes in the campus-wide, program-level assessment planning and reporting process. Through this process, all curricular and co-curricular programs articulate program-level learning outcomes and how those outcomes align with institutional learning outcomes and criteria. Additionally, programs indicate the direct and indirect assessment measures for each outcome. If you have questions about our institutional student learning outcomes and criteria and campus-wide program-level assessment planning and reporting process, please contact Tony Ribera, Ph.D., director of educational assessment and TLC co-chair.