Student Learning Outcomes


A student learning outcome is a statement that describes what a student should know or be able to do at the end of a course. Student learning outcomes for a particular course are included in the course syllabus. The goal of the General Education Program is to cultivate the skills, knowledge, and values expected of all educated persons. To that end, HPU has defined 14 student learning outcomes related to this goal.  Each curricular area has 2 – 4 of these outcomes associated with its content. The specific outcomes can be found on the Curriculum Area pages listed in the menu to the right. In addition to the general education student learning outcomes, many general education courses also have course-specific student learning outcomes related to the subject matter of the course.  Below are the 14 outcomes and their relation to the programmatic outcomes.



  • AESTHETIC APPRECIATION AND EXPRESSION – Students engage in creative practices to interpret and express ideas through various art forms.

  • CRITICAL THINKING – Students synthesize information, explain issues, analyze concepts and evidence, assess assumptions, define their own perspectives and positions, and evaluate the implications and consequences of their conclusions.

  • INFORMATION LITERACY – Students locate, interpret, determine the credibility of, and use information effectively, ethically, and legally.

  • ORAL COMMUNICATION – Students speak clearly and effectively for a variety of audiences and purposes.
  • QUANTITATIVE REASONING – Students use quantitative reasoning to analyze problems and identify solutions.

  • TEAMWORK – Students work effectively in teams.

  • TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION  Students apply an understanding of technology to solve problems; explore innovative practices for acquiring, analyzing and sharing information; and understand the impact of technology on society.
  • WRITTEN COMMUNICATION –   Students write clearly and effectively for a variety of audiences and purposes.



  • HISTORICAL AND CONCEPTUAL PERSPECTIVES  – Students investigate and apply concepts from history or the humanities to describe and analyze phenomena over time.  

  • NATURAL SCIENCES – Students apply concepts from the natural sciences to describe, analyze, or explain natural phenomena.

  • SUSTAINABILITY – Students identify how ecological, social, and economic systems work together to promote sustainable futures.

  • SOCIETIES & CULTURES – Students explore cross-cultural perspectives that both distinguish and connect regions, countries, languages, and cultures.


  • CIVIC ENGAGEMENT – Students identify and engage in efforts that constructively influence the public good.

  • ETHICAL REASONING AND VALUES – Students identify, explain, and evaluate the ethical perspectives of others and themselves.