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.
- Assessment Matrix
- Converting Rubric Scores to Percentages for Grading - Dr. Laura Alipoon, LLU School of Allied Health (PDF)
- Curriculum Map
- ILOs & Schedule
- LLU Assessment Strategy & Cycle
- LLU LibGuide: SLO Resources
- LLU SLO Report Tool in the AMS
- Professional ILOs
- Using and Contextualizing LLU SLO Rubrics
- National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment
- Student Learning Outcome Design Principles - Pasadena City College
- What are Learning Outcomes - Camosun College
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 : Students apply the University philosophy of wholeness into their personal and professional lives.
- Values: Students integrate LLU’s Christ-centered values in their personal and professional lives.