To promote educational effectiveness at Loma Linda University, eight student learning outcomes were developed in August 2007. These outcomes described what students' knowledge, skills or attitudes should be by the end of the program. The year to evaluate the SLO four-year pilot data and analyze the eight SLOs was 2013-2014. The Student Learning Outcomes Committee (SLOC) proposed to change the name of the outcomes from Student Learning Outcomes to Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs) for student learning. The SLOC also recommended to change from eight SLOs to five ILOs. Their recommendations were vetted in all the appropriate committees and were accepted with refinements. The new ILOs are effective beginning in the 2014-2015 academic year.
Institutional Learning Outcomes
- Outcome 1 - Written Communication: Students demonstrate effective written communication skills in English.
- Outcome 2 - Oral Communication: Students demonstrate effective oral communication skills in English.
- Outcome 3 - Quantitative Reasoning: Students demonstrate the ability to reason and develop evidence-based decisions using numerical information.
- Outcome 4 - Information Literacy: Students demonstrate the ability to identify, locate, evaluate, utilize, and share information.
- Outcome 5 - Critical Thinking: Students demonstrate critical thinking through examination of ideas and evidence before formulating an opinion or conclusion.
Professional Institutional Learning Outcomes
In today’s world it is important for all LLU graduates to have excellent professional skills in addition to being experts in their fields in both knowledge and skills. Certainly LLU graduates should have excellent critical thinking, oral and written communication, information literacy, and quantitative reasoning skills that are appropriate to their discipline and level. Whole patient care depends on these kinds of professionals. Thus, clinical versions of the rubrics or those from professional accreditors are now appropriate to use with students in clinical programs. It is an alternative assessment approach for programs that have trouble using the standard Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs) and rubrics to fit their discipline/profession and level.
Mission Focused Learning Outcomes
Loma Linda University’s three Mission Focused Learning Outcomes (MFLOs) are firmly rooted in its mission, vision, and values. Because Mission Focused Learning is LLU’s culture, this academic year (2014-2015) the University is developing specialized assessment processes to ensure integration of these outcomes over time.
- Wholeness: Loved by God, growing in health, living with purpose in community
- Values: Justice, Compassion, Humility, Integrity, Excellence, Freedom, Self-control/Purity
Justice - The commitment to equality and to treat others fairly, renouncing all forms of unfair discrimination. The God of the Bible is One who calls people continually to justice. According to the prophets, religious faith could be genuine only when it led the believers to "seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphans, [and] plead for the widow."
Compassion - The sympathetic willingness to be engaged with the needs and sufferings of others. Among the most memorable depictions of compassion in Scripture is the story of the Good Samaritan, which Loma Linda University has taken as a central symbol of our work.
Humility - The willingness to serve others in a sacrificial manner, and the self-respect that renounces haughtiness or arrogance.
Integrity - The quality of living a unified life in which one's convictions are well-considered and match one's actions. Integrity encompasses honesty, authenticity, and trustworthiness.
Excellence - The commitment to exceed minimum standards and expectations.
Freedom - The competency and privilege to make informed and accountable choices and to respect the freedom of others. God has called us not to slavery but to freedom.
Purity/Self-control - The commitment to be morally upright and moderate in all things, with complete control over one's emotions, desires, and actions.