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Guiding Learning and Service Objectives (Outcomes)

The Division of Student Affairs created learning and service objectives in 2006 to guide our work.  These objectives were created in response to and inspired by Learning Reconsidered 2.  The objectives were updated in 2014 to better align with the realities and aspirations of the Division of Student Affairs and all the departments within the division.

As a division, we seek to achieve all of these guiding objectives and we recognize that individual departments will focus on some objectives more than others.  Only through collaboration can we achieve all of these objectives.  These objectives should guide the work in your departments as you create measurable outcomes that will achieve some or all of the following objectives.

The Division of Student Affairs’ curriculum (experiences, programs, and services) is intended to enable the following:

Student Learning-Cognitive

  1. Knowledge acquisition, integration, and application Students will…
    • gain content knowledge.
    • develop new perspectives.
    • connect new knowledge or perspective to what is already known.
    • use this knowledge in daily life.
  2. An environment that supports study, learning, research, and application of knowledge  Students will…
    • create and maintain UMBC as a place (both the physical and climate dimensions of the campus) where community members can effectively carry out a variety of activities related to learning.
  3. Enhanced cognitive skills  Students will…
    • develop the capacity to think more complexly including the abilities to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate.
    • see things from multiple perspectives.
  4. Academic achievement  Students will…
    • develop the ability to set and achieve short and long term academic goals.
    • remain or get back in good academic standing.
    • progress through graduation in a timely fashion.

Student Learning-Interpersonal and Practical Competence

  1. Self-awareness  Students will…
    • develop consciousness of one’s own identity in multiple dimensions including, but not limited to, gender, race/ethnicity, class, ability, sexual identity, and spirituality.
    • build an understanding of self in relation to others.
    • understand one’s own values and ethics.
  2. Multicultural competence  Students will…
    • develop awareness of others who differ from one’s self in a variety of dimensions including, but not limited to, gender, race/ethnicity, class, ability, sexual identity, and spirituality.
    • develop knowledge and skills to effectively interact and work across differences.
  3. Emotional and physical health Students will…
    • understand and practice behaviors that contribute to achieving lifetime personal health and wellness, disease prevention and a balanced lifestyle.
    • live a meaningful and purposeful life.
  4. Civic engagement and humanitarianism  Students will…
    • demonstrate commitment to participating in democratic processes.
    • demonstrate capacity to think critically about social issues, envision alternative futures, and initiate, plan and implement sustainable, positive social change.
  5. Vocational competence  Students will…
    • understand one’s own skills and abilities, interests, and values.
    • utilize knowledge and information about the world of work to make appropriate career choices.
    • develop job searching skills including resume writing, networking, and interviewing techniques.
  6. Basic financial literacy and self-sufficiency Students will…
    • possess basic knowledge about financial concepts which aid in informed choices to ensure lifetime financial health.
    • begin to understand personal finances, budgets, financial obligations and goals.
  7. Community belonging  Students will…
    • develop a sense of belonging in and ownership of the UMBC community and its sub-communities.
    • demonstrate respect for, and adherence to, the community’s values and norms.
    • demonstrate a commitment to fostering others’ sense of belonging.
  8. Leadership  Students will…
    • develop self-awareness, knowledge, behaviors, ethics, and skills that enable contributions to a group or community that is seeking to implement sustainable, positive social change.
    • demonstrate commitment to fostering all other Student Learning – Interpersonal and Practical Objectives in others.
  9. Communication skills   Students will…
    • develop knowledge of their own personal communication styles influenced by their culture and experience.
    • develop effective listening and speaking skills to effectively and respectfully convey personal thoughts and feelings and to demonstrate understanding of others.
    • develop skills to interact effectively with others who come from different cultures.
    • build professional and academic communication skills, including formal writing and presentation skills.

Delivery of Quality Services and Programs 

  1. Safety  Departments will…
    • maintain facilities that are physically safe.
    • develop and deliver services and programs that support emotional and physical safety.
    • create and support emotionally safe spaces.
  2. Fair and caring policies, procedures, and practices Departments will…
    • enact fair policies, processes, and procedures.
    • act individually and collectively in a professional manner that demonstrates excellence, inclusion, justice, compassion, empathy, and beneficence at all times.
  3. Responsiveness Departments will…
    • be accessible to community members.
    • work effectively, efficiently,  and collaboratively with students and other constituents to develop and provide timely and appropriate services.
  4. Ongoing evaluation and assessment for improvement Departments will…
    • make decisions and take action based on data to improve the quality of programs and services.

Updated February 2014

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