Learning Outcomes

Student learning outcomes are attitudes, knowledge, skills, behaviors and abilities students obtain as the result of their involvement in educational activities.  Truman State University has identified a number of desired learning outcomes for our students.  In order for an experience to be eligible for inclusion on the Cocurricular Record, it must address one or more of the learning outcomes identified by Truman and/or one of the academic departments.

Most learning outcomes established by Truman are associated with specific educational experiences.  If individuals applying to the Cocurricular Record Oversight Committee to have an experience included on the Cocurricular Record identify one of the learning outcomes associated with a particular educational experience, that application will need to be reviewed by the appropriate academic dean.  Truman has identified general desired outcomes as part of the Strategic Plan.  These learning outcomes are general outcomes that can be applied to any learning experience.  These characteristics appear below and are listed in the pull-down menus in the Application for Inclusion forms.  If items from the pull-down menus are selected, no additional approval is needed.

Strategic Plan (July 2007): Characteristics of Truman Graduates

  • Ask questions and passionately seek knowledge
  • Strive for personal integrity and professional excellence
  • Demonstrate courageous, visionary, and service-oriented leadership
  • Act ethically, responsibly, and with reflective judgment
  • Appreciate ambiguity and thrive in unfamiliar, rapidly changing situations
  • Understand and articulate well-reasoned arguments
  • Welcome and value new and diverse perspectives
  • Live emotionally and physically healthy lives
  • Give generously of their time, talents, and financial resources to causes in which they believe

Other examples of Truman Learning Outcomes may be found at the following links: (these outcomes will require approval from the appropriate academic dean)

Essential Skills

    A detailed list of the Essential Skills for the University can be found at: http://www.truman.edu/pages/141.asp


Interconnecting Perspectives

    A detailed list of the Interconnecting Perspectives for the University can be found at: http://www.truman.edu/pages/143.asp


Modes of Inquiry

    A detailed list of the Modes of Inquiry for the University can be found at: http://www.truman.edu/pages/142.asp


Interdisciplinary Study (General Catalog)

  • Expose students to multiple ways of thinking about issues, problems, and concepts

  • Enable the simultaneous use of multiple modes of inquiry and demonstrate that their source of power is synergistic rather than additive

  • Assist students to construct their own mental framework of retrievable knowledge

  • Make possible an evaluation of competing and complementary ways of knowing