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 13 student learning outcomes related to this goal.  Each curricular area has 3 – 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 13 outcomes and their relation to the programmatic outcomes.



  • AESTHETIC APPRECIATION AND EXPRESSION - Students will engage in creative practices to interpret creative works and express ideas through the arts.    

  • COMMUNICATION – Students will organize their thoughts, feelings, concepts, and information, to effectively, clearly and persuasively convey their perspectives through written, oral, or visual communication, in English or modern languages.

  • CREATIVE PROBLEM-SOLVING – Students will define and research problems, identify problem-solving strategies, generate and select appropriate solutions, and evaluate their outcomes.

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

  • INFORMATION AND TECHNOLOGY LITERACY – Students will recognize the need for information and use technology to locate, interpret, determine the credibility of, and use the information effectively, ethically, and legally.

  • QUANTITATIVE REASONING – Students will interpret, calculate, analyze, represent, and clearly communicate quantitative information through mathematical tools (e.g. equations, graphs, or diagrams).

  • TEAMWORK – Students will identify best practices for effective teamwork and group dynamics, demonstrate strong interpersonal skills, and contribute in groups and resolve conflicts.



  • HISTORICAL AND CONCEPTUAL PERSPECTIVES - Students will investigate the major concepts, ideologies, and movements that have molded the development of human societies to interpret the temporal framework of contemporary society.

  • NATURAL SCIENCES – Students will investigate the natural world, demonstrate problem-solving skills, and utilize the scientific method to develop hypotheses and propose experimental methods to describe, explain, and predict natural phenomena.

  • SUSTAINABILITY – Through a multidisciplinary perspective and applied, experiential learning opportunities, students will examine the interconnections and interdependency of ecological, social-cultural, and economic systems, and explain how the dynamics of these systems impact nature, human communities and cultures.

  • SOCIETIES & CULTURES – Students will explore cross-cultural perspectives, investigate trends and analyze issues of various communities. They will identify behaviors, thoughts, and perspectives that both distinguish regions, countries, languages and cultures from one another and connect them.



  • CIVIC ENGAGEMENT – Students will identify best practices in civic engagement, and engage in efforts to constructively influence the public good.

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