Institutional Research

Student Learning Outcomes

Our Mission Statement drives our student learning outcomes (SLOs) at every level. Our six institutional SLOs, (symbolized by the acronym WISDOM) unpack the core values implicit in our Mission Statement. These in turn lead to both our Academic Program and our Co-Curricular SLOs. We have identified Foundational skills that provide the basis for curricular and co-curricular SLOs, and these in turn feed into the General Education SLOs that support our Academic Program SLOs.

The Academic Dean's office provides guidelines for teachers and others needing to write student learning outcomes, and guidelines for writing a quality course syllabus are provided.

Student Learning Outcomes

The alignment of our SLOs is illustrated below:

SLO Alignment

PUC Mission Statement

Pacific Union College is a Seventh-day Adventist learning community offering an excellent Christ-centered education that prepares its students for productive lives of useful human service and uncompromising personal integrity.

Institutional Student Learning Outcomes

"Joyful is the person who finds wisdom, the one who gains understanding" (Proverbs 3:13)

PUC graduates will make mature, independent choices integrating the needs of body, mind, and spirit.

PUC graduates will live lives based on the highest ethical standards.

Service and Stewardship
PUC graduates will practice the Biblical imperatives to serve humanity, resist injustice, and care for the created world.

PUC graduates will display Intercultural competence and global understanding as informed members of a dynamic global church and world community.

Our Adventist Heritage
PUC graduates will understand and value the major tenets of Seventh-day Adventist Christian thought, including the blessing and significance of the Sabbath.

Maintaining Lifelong Learning
PUC graduates will continue to practice the intellectual skills and curiosity necessary to learn and grow creatively throughout life.

Academic Program SLOs

The SLOs for each academic Major are included on the Curriculum Guidesheets. These can be found at:

Foundational Skills

  • To communicate effectively in written and spoken English
  • To think critically and creatively about information, ideas, and arguments
  • To locate and use appropriately a broad variety of resources and information
  • To learn and work collaboratively

General Education Student Learning Outcomes

The student learning outcomes for the General Education program can be found in the College Catalog . Formal SLOs for each section are being formulated as the systematic review of the GE program progresses. To date, the first three sections of the GE program have been reviewed and the SLOs for those sections are as follows:

I. Foundations of Learning

  • Students will be able to think and read critically; learn collaboratively; write clearly; and find, evaluate, and use secondary sources.
  • Students will be able to communicate effectively through speaking and learning in a variety of contexts; critically evaluate argumentative claims; and learn collaboratively.
  • Students will be able to reason critically in their use of statistical data.

III. Arts and Humanities

  • Students will be able to read literature for pleasure and understanding, and think, read, and write critically about literary texts within a broad cultural context.
  • Students will be able to think critically about the development of human knowledge and expression, appreciate the perspectives and contributions of people of other cultures and historical periods, and identify standards of aesthetic value.

III. History and Social Sciences

  • Students will be able to apply the methods of the historian to think critically about historical developments and ideas within a broad cultural context.
  • Students will be able to employ the methods of the social scientist to think critically about human behavior and interaction, including how humans create and are influenced by social, cultural, economic, and political structures.