Division of Student Affairs

Student Affairs Learning Outcomes

The Vice President for Student Affairs charged a working group to facilitate the development of the Division of Student Affairs Student Learning Outcomes, based on the University Learning Outcomes. The following Student Affairs Student Learning Outcomes were adopted in late-spring 2009 to reflect the broad, co-curricular learning experience and expectations of BGSU students.


BGSU Learning Outcome #1: Intellectual and Practical Skills

Student Affairs
Learning Outcomes

Student learning will be demonstrated through...

Critical and Constructive Thinking


  • Critique ideas and concepts by both peers and leaders inside and outside the classroom
  • Ability to evaluate information, ideas, and arguments to formulate personal meaning
  • Create, identify, and analyze life choices
  • Explore and respect the values of others
  • Apply knowledge in practical ways

Examining Values

  • Determine and clarify personal values
  • Explore values and recognize the implications of our values through involvement
  • Assess personal strengths and weaknesses
  • Make value-based decisions
  • Demonstrate a willingness to learn and grow through others

Solving Problems Creatively

  • Be open to multiple options or diverse alternatives
  • Ascertain possible outcomes through research in academic, career, and personal settings
  • Think critically and proactively with regards to failed choices or solutions
  • Formulate a plan for alternative solutions or decisions
  • Being strategic with regards to planning and adapting to changing environments



  • Research, integrate, support and defend ideas
  • Produce clear and concise written communications (i.e., email, proposals, memos, fiction)
  • Develop correct sentence, paragraph, and document structure for written pieces
  • Apply professional standards and citations to written documents


  • Analyze audience needs to determine appropriate and thorough presentation methods (hands-on activities, support materials, group work, etc.
  • Provide effective presentations to engage the audience through the utilization of technology (audio, visual, tactile, etc.)
  • Demonstrate a confidence presentation style through the application of credible knowledge, clear annunciation, and the ability to read verbal/non-verbal cues
  • Proactively apply methods for gathering feedback on the clarity of the message and the accuracy of audience understanding

Engaging Others in Action


  • Role model active engagement and contribute to the success of organizations
  • Motivate and encourage the interaction of others
  • Balance participation between personal life and academic and career endeavors


  • Learn, develop, and demonstrate leadership skills
  • Role model good team member behavior and lead by example
  • Facilitate engaging discussion and manage group conflict resolution
  • Develop unique and innovative solutions to personal and team challenges


BGSU Learning Outcome #2: General and Specialized Knowledge

Student Affairs
Learning Outcomes

Student learning will be demonstrated through...

General Knowledge


General Knowledge Development

  • Utilize technology to advance knowledge and skills in all disciplines
  • Accept responsibility for the well-being of oneself, family, and community
  • Apply discipline knowledge to real world settings
  • Relate co-curricular experience to educational experience and vice versa
  • Be aware of issues and events that have an impact on people at local, state, national, and global levels

Specialized Knowledge

Career and Specialization Development

  • Develop an expertise in a particular disciplinary area or major
  • Advance the knowledge and core concepts of a chosen profession
  • Apply expertise in chosen discipline to solve problems in societal and work related situations
  • Develop a meaningful and personal career action plan
  • Recognize opportunities to apply specialized skills in different areas


BGSU Learning Outcome #3: Personal and Social Responsibility

Student Affairs
Learning Outcomes

Student learning will be demonstrated through... 

Personal Development

Exploration of Purpose

  • Understand the consequences for one’s actions on local, state, national and global levels
  • Act with diplomacy and respect for oneself and others
  • Develop meaning and purpose through self-exploration

Ethics and Values Exploration

  • Improve cultural competence through the interaction and inclusion with others different from oneself
  • Explore one's strengths and weaknesses as they relate to values and ethics
  • Develop character through the explorations of personal values and ethical decision making


  • Explore and apply wellness across the lifespan
  • Learn and practice preventative health behaviors
  • Demonstrate responsible practices that contribute to environmental wellness
  • Appreciate balance in all aspects of wellness


  • Develop financial literacy for self and organization
  • Accept responsibility for one's own actions (understanding deadlines, punctuality, take initiative, keeping one's word)
  • Develop and assess personal plans for growth and development
  • Commit to life-long learning by challenging self to higher standards.
  • Demonstrate ethical integrity

Civic and Community Involvement


Values-Driven Decision Making

  • Work with other to make decisions for the greater good of the community
  • Show understanding of the value of committed involvement in local, state, national, and global opportunities
  • Promote sustainability through environmentally conscious decision making

Community Involvement

  • Demonstrate active and civic involvement by giving back and sharing knowledge
  • Identify and implement the practices of sustainability
  • Appreciate and model the importance of volunteerism in achieving shared objectives
  • Practice good citizenship by holding active membership, ownership, and commitment to community groups, programs, BGSU, etc.
  • Become an advocate for important social issue that relates to personal and community values

Understanding Diverse Perspectives

  • Acknowledge, respect, and be open to difference
  • Make an effort to understand the ideas, values, and beliefs of others
  • Advocate for social justice
  • Understand one's own personal identities and appreciate that of others
  • Learn to seek similarities to bridge differences between self and others
  • Build multicultural competence through developing intercultural relationships


BGSU Learning Outcome #4: Integrate, Apply, and Reflect

Student Affairs Learning Outcome

Student learning will be demonstrated through...

Synthesis of Advanced Accomplishments


  • Apply academic knowledge and co-curricular experience to further career and personal goals
  • Be able to research, collect information, experiment and summarize findings
  • Synthesize and associate the connection between, learning, experiences, and skills
  • Integrate knowledge to assess strengths and develop of personal autonomy


  • Apply knowledge through personal actions, group participation, audience and group awareness, and leadership
  • Develop life skills and demonstrate the ability to use personal resources and strengths for career development
  • Develop a portfolio to capture and showcase personal accomplishments (E-portfolio, certifications, work experiences, projects, awards, etc.)
  • Recognize and identify new ideas to transform knowledge into actions to benefit the greater community
  • Create a career action plan that continuously seeks opportunities for expanding personal and professional development


  • Recognize and enhance one’s strengths and weaknesses to develop a sense of personal autonomy and empowerment
  • Through the reflection of experiences, explore and refine personal priorities and values through oral and written communication
  • Develop the ability to articulate and discuss the reflection of shared and individual experiences in group settings
  • Develop the ability to assess and evaluate organizational and personal performance to enhance success