Learning Outcomes Definitions

The learning outcomes of the campus mission, as stated in the Profile of the Baccalaureate Graduate, are assessed in all undergraduate academic programs for two general learning areas: (1) General Education Competencies from the discipline's perspective; (2) and Content Knowledge, Skills, and Dispositions that characterize each discipline. The definitions of the learning outcomes are shown next.

1. Effective Communication Skills - Ability to express oneself effectively in oral and written language demonstrating a clear, coherent, and accurate communication.

2. Critical Thinking - A thinking skill that enables the student to analyze and interpret the object of study, by judging, criticizing, and analyzing the diverse perspectives in a thorough and constructive way, aiming towards the development of their own criteria.

3. Research and Creation - Mastery of skills needed to design and conduct a systematic, objective, and critical investigation, be it qualitative or quantitative, of a scientific or social problem or issue. The ability to create, develop, and present a work of art or literature.

4. Social Responsibility - The ability to apply the knowledge and skills gained through the undergraduate experience, which lead to the development of abilities and attitudes that promote ethics and civic responsibility for the advancement of society.

5. Logical-Mathematical Reasoning – The ability to identify, understand, generate, and evaluate logical arguments and quantitative information in order to use them in everyday situations related to their field of study.

6. Ethical and Aesthetic Sensibility – Being aware of one’s own values when immersed in a context, problem, or situation. Recognizing and examining individual or collective issues and dilemmas in a variety of scenarios. Considering positions or the consequences of actions, decisions, or presenting alternate solutions to problems. Being conscious of the stylistic and thematic elements that characterize artistic movements, as well as works of an intellectual, academic, or creative nature with the purpose of appreciating their value.

7. Knowledge Integration - The ability to use the knowledge acquired through curricular and extracurricular experiences to make connections between ideas, themes, and experiences with the purpose of applying them in new contexts or for expanding one's knowledge.

8. Capacity for Independent Studies – The ability to carry out an assignment or a research activity without the continuous supervision of a mentor, while showing self-motivation to perform each task, auto regulating their own learning process. Making own decisions on issues or problems, and demonstrating positive attitudes in order to complete the required duties in the allotted period of time.

9. Intellectual Curiosity – Individual motivation for thoroughly exploring a topic of interest with the purpose of acquiring a greater degree of in-depth knowledge.

10. Information Literacy - A set of abilities requiring individuals to recognize when information is needed and being able to locate, evaluate, and effectively use the needed information (adopted from the Association of Colleges Research Libraries - ACRL).

11. Ongoing (Lifelong) Learning - Conscious learning process through which the individual, in a continuous or periodic manner, acquires or improves knowledge, skills, or attitudes throughout their life through formal or informal educational experiences that lead to personal development or progress in their professional career.

12. Content Knowledge, Skills, or Dispositions in the Academic Program Learning Outcomes - Graduates demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the content they learn as part of their academic experience. They demonstrate their knowledge through inquiry, critical analysis, and synthesis of the discipline. They demonstrate behaviors that show that they have acquired the dispositions that responsible citizens show. They also demonstrate the necessary skills that support the content knowledge acquired in their disciplines.

13. Appreciation for and Commitment to the Culture, Ideals and Values of Puerto Rican society in the Caribbean and International Context - The ability to understand and evaluate the Puerto Rican reality, as well as perform constructively within it in order to contribute to raise the quality of life of its citizens. Also, to show an appreciation for cultural diversity and the Caribbean, hemispheric, and global processes, along with demonstrating interest, concern, and responsibility about what is happening in each of these environments.

14. Team Work - When a group of people performs a task by integrating everyone’s individual efforts and talents, and delegating the work based on specific functions, thereby reaching the desired objectives.

15. Leadership - The function fulfilled by one person who distinguishes themselves from the rest of the group and is apt at making good decisions for the group, team, or organization they lead. This person inspires the group's other participants to reach a common goal and motivates them to work enthusiastically.