Stephen F. Austin State University

Learning Outcomes

Our Learning Outcomes

Communication: Students gain skills to help them to communicate effectively and professionally, using written, oral, and artistic means, as well as current technology. Students learn to listen actively and effectively, to read with comprehension, to evaluate ideas, and to form meaningful interpersonal relationships.
Citizenship: Through civic engagement, community service and classroom experiences, students acquire a contextually- rich understanding of complex issues and increased sense of social responsibility. Students are prepared for the challenges and opportunities of a democratic society, and to serve fully as citizens of the state, nation, and world.
Cultural Competence: By interacting with others who are different from themselves, students gain an increased appreciation for diversity and attain valuables skills for success in a pluralistic society. Beyond tolerance, students increase their understanding of the beliefs, values and worldviews of others.
Ethics and Values: Students define, refine and clarify their values, learn to keep congruence between these beliefs and their actions - and to balance their personal interests with the interests of others and society as a whole.
Leadership:Through a variety of experiences, students will learn to maximize their own individualized talents and skills to collaborate with others and to motivate them towards a common goal.
Life Skills: From maintaining and balancing a budget to effectively managing one's time, students learn to build strategies for leading a productive life - in college, in graduate school, in their career and beyond.
Self-Knowledge: Through experiences and reflection, students discover a sense of purpose, gain the ability to realistically appraise themselves, enhance self-esteem and become increasingly independence and interdependent. These skills are useful in picking a career and helping the student to set and meet both educational and personal goals.
Scholarship and Inquiry: A broad-based educational foundation allows student to think critically, creatively and independently, and to experience intellectual growth. Students become committed to better understanding and advancing the knowledge of their chosen field, are prepared for the rigors of graduate study, for their careers, and for lifelong learning.
Wellness: Students learn to practice healthy behavior to attain a satisfying and productive lifestyle, learning to balance their physical, emotional and spiritual well-being with the demands of their life as a student and beyond.