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Learning Outcomes

Student learning outcomes are statements that describe what students can do as a result of learning and can be demonstrated (knowledge, skills, attitudes). Learning outcomes occur in a context and flow from the University mission statement, program or unit mission statement, and the program goals.

Signature Learning Outcomes

Chart demonstrating signature learning outcomes

The Signature Learning Outcomes reflect the culmination of a Capital education and are achieved through coursework, scholarship and creative endeavors, community engagement, and other-co-curricular experiences.

  1. Students apply the skills of a liberally educated person to investigate problems and questions.
  2. Students explain how their choices affect goal achievement across a variety of domains (e.g., professional and personal relationships, finances, mental and physical health, etc.).
  3. Students interact knowledgeably and ethically with people and ideas from many cultures, religions, and identities.
  4. Students speak, write, read, and listen effectively.
  5. Students analyze, contextualize, and engage with human cultures.
  6. Students access, evaluate, interpret, and produce quantitative and qualitative information to solve problems.
  7. Students articulate basic principles, methods, and societal effects of natural and social sciences.

In addition to the Signature Learning Outcomes, all academic and student development programs have learning outcomes that flow from their mission statements.

View All Program Mission Statements and Outcomes (PDF)