Learning Goals

University Learning Goals (ULG) 

Specialized Knowledge

Mastered the depth of knowledge required for a degree, as identified by its program learning outcomes.

Broad Integrative Knowledge

Mastery in each step of an investigative, creative or practical project (i.e. brainstorming, planning, formulating hypotheses or complex questions, designing, creating, completing, and communicating).

An understanding of the implications of results or findings from a particular work in a societal context (i.e. social or economic implications of a scientific finding).

Students graduating with a baccalaureate degree will have demonstrated an understanding of critical components of broad academic areas, the arts, humanities, social sciences, and sciences and their integration.

Intellectual Skills

Fluency in the use of specific theories, tools, technology and graphical representation.

Skills and abilities necessary for life-long learning: critical and creative thinking, effective communication, conscientious information gathering and processing, mastery of quantitative methodologies, and the ability to engage effectively in collaborative activities.

Applied Knowledge

The ability to integrate theory, practice, and problem-solving to address practical issues.

The ability to apply their knowledge and skills to new settings or in addressing complex problems.

The ability to work productively as individuals and in groups.

Social and Global Responsibilities

The ability to act intentionally and ethically to address a global or local problem in an informed manner with a multicultural and historical perspective and a clear understanding of societal and civic responsibilities.

Diverse and global perspectives through engagement with the multidimensional SJSU community.


Division Learning Goals (DLG)

Critical Thinking Skills

Ability to independently and accurately evaluate information, data and ideas from multiple perspectives.

Effective Communication

Embodies the ability to receive information, exchange ideas, present information, and convey messages in ways effective and appropriate to the situation and audience.

Multicultural Competence and Active Citizenship

Understanding and appreciating human differences as well as positively contributing to the community.

Practical Competence/Life Skills

The capacity to manage one's affairs both inside and outside of the university.

Leadership and Interpersonal Competence

The ability to mobilize groups around shared interests as well as demonstrate and sustain meaningful relationships.

Healthy Living

Making informed decisions and acting on those decisions to enhance personal and community health.


Program Learning Outcomes (PLO)

  • Students will know and understand the policies and procedures that guide admission, enrollment and graduation at SJSU. (Applied Knowledge)
  • Students will demonstrate competence in applying the policies and procedures that guide admission, enrollment and graduation at SJSU. (Applied Knowledge)
  • Students will utilize mySJSU effectively to access information and conduct business with the university. (Intellectual Skills)
  • Students will demonstrate effective communication and critical thinking skills in accessing information and services provided by Enrollment Services. (Intellectual Skills)