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University of Minnisota  Administrative Policy

Undergraduate Student Learning and Development Outcomes: Twin Cities

Responsible University Officer(s):
  • Executive Vice President and Provost
Policy Owner(s):
  • Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education
Policy contact(s):
  • Robert McMaster
Date Revised:
Apr 21, 2009
Effective Date:
Apr 15, 2009

Policy Statement

Student Learning Outcomes

At the time of receiving a bachelor's degree, University of Minnesota Twin Cities students:

  • Can identify, define, and solve problems.
  • Can locate and critically evaluate information.
  • Have mastered a body of knowledge and a mode of inquiry.
  • Understand diverse philosophies and cultures within and across societies.
  • Can communicate effectively.
  • Understand the role of creativity, innovation, discovery, and expression across disciplines.
  • Have acquired skills for effective citizenship and life-long learning.

Student Development Outcomes

As they progress toward their degree, University of Minnesota Twin Cities undergraduates will develop and demonstrate the following characteristics:

  • Responsibility and accountability by making appropriate decisions on behavior and accepting the consequences of their actions.
  • Independence and interdependence by knowing when to collaborate or seek help and when to act on their own.
  • Goal orientation by managing their energy and attention to achieve specific outcomes.
  • Self-awareness by knowing their personal strengths and talents and acknowledging their shortcomings.
  • Resilience by recovering and learning from setbacks or disappointments.
  • Appreciation of differences by recognizing the value of interacting with individuals with backgrounds and/or perspectives different from their own.
  • Tolerance of ambiguity by demonstrating the ability to perform in complicated environments where clear-cut answers or standard operating procedures are absent.

This policy is not applicable to the Duluth, Crookston, Morris, and Rochester campuses.

Reason for Policy

The student learning and development outcomes encapsulate what students should learn in and out of the classroom. The outcomes provide a framework for students' and advisers' discussions and planning for the students' undergraduate programs. The learning outcomes help guide faculty as they develop courses and degree programs, and the development outcomes help students to think about how they can engage in activities that help them to develop in several areas. This policy implements criteria and requirements for accreditation established by the Higher Learning Commission.




Frequently Asked Questions


Primary Contact(s) Robert McMaster 612-626-9425
Twin Cities Campus Procedures Danita Brown Young
Robert McMaster


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Related Information


April 2009 - Clarified policy and put in standard format. Added contact information.
April 2009
Student Learning Outcomes, Student Development Outcomes from the Twin Cities Campus

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