University-Wide General Education Learning Outcomes

Iowa State University’s institutional accreditation agency, The Higher Learning Commission (PDF), requires institutions to “engage in ongoing assessment of student learning as part of its commitment to the educational outcomes of its students.”  

Faculty interested in improving their course learning outcomes and designing assessments to measure the achievement of those outcomes are encouraged to consult with the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching.

In the Spring of 2020, the Faculty Senate approved four university-wide learning outcomes for undergraduate students. Those outcomes, which are based on existing outcome statements developed by each college, include:

  • Diversity and Global Citizenship 
  • Communication 
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving 
  • Information Literacy 


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