Student Life Learning Outcomes

Student Life has established 8 learning outcome domains that ground all of our work. Every program that we offer is mapped to each of these learning outcome domains, and rubrics have been established to help us determine the impact that our offerings have on student learning. Intentionally designed experiential learning opportunities in other departments across campus are also mapped to these learning outcomes, which serves as the foundation for our Student Life at Guelph "outside of the classroom" curriculum.

Civic Engagement

The strength of our democracy depends upon the active involvement of well-informed, skilled, critically aware and engaged citizens who are compelled to make a difference in the civic life of our communities. Throughout your academic career, you are exposed to a wide range of opportunities to cultivate your sense of civic identity, and to acquire the civic knowledge and skills necessary to work collaboratively to improve community conditions.
The goal of this domain is for you to develop a sense of purpose as a citizen, to commit to lifelong civic action that is not bound by place and time, and to engage as a citizen within and across community contexts and structures.

Learning Outcomes

  • Exhibit a sense of belonging and kinship within diverse community contexts.
  • Articulate your civic identity and a continued commitment to public action.
  • Identify ethical and moral considerations that underlie issues faced by citizens and communities.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to the principles of reciprocity and social justice.


The ability to clearly and confidently communicate information, ideas and feelings is vital to success in your coursework, co-curricular activities, workplace and personal life. In every aspect of your university journey, you are required to choose the best and most effective ways of communicating with different audiences by utilizing a wide variety of evolving techniques and media. You must learn to take responsibility for your message, recognizing that communication is not only what is said or written, but also how it is conveyed.

The goal of this domain is for you to develop a clear and effective communication style that is responsive to the needs of different audiences, employs a wide range of delivery methods, and is grounded in self-awareness and active listening techniques. In this context, communication refers to a variety of oral, written, artistic and non-verbal methods.

Learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate the ability to clearly articulate information, ideas and feelings.
  • Use content, language, and non-verbal cues that meet the needs of the audience and setting.
  • Select a delivery method that meets the needs of the audience.
  • Display an awareness of how non-verbal cues, attitudes and feelings can affect a message.
  • Adapt content to a variety of communication technologies.
  • Employ active listening techniques.

Diversity and Inclusion

Contemporary society is not homogeneous. An individual exists at the intersection of their value systems, personal characteristics and life experiences including ethnicity, culture, place of origin, citizenship, religion, spirituality, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, race, class and differing abilities, or a combination of these characteristics.  An understanding of the many dimensions of diversity is essentialto ensuring that societies are inclusive places for all to live, learn and work.

The goal of this domain is for you to recognize the many dimensions of diversity and to understand and adopt inclusive practices that will prepare you to serve as an inclusive leader who respectfully interacts with individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Learning Outcomes

  • Seeks out, engage with and welcome the involvement of diverse perspectives.
  • Demonstrate the ability to consider the needs of others in decision-making.
  • Identify biases and prejudices that perpetuate barriers and oppression.
  • Able to work in diverse settings.
  • Recognize that individuals are autonomous and unique even when identifying with a group or community.
  • Accept and empowered to declare your personal identities.

Engagement in Learning

Learning is a life-long process that must be approached thoughtfully, often strategically and always with integrity. You are called to apply what they have learned both in and outside of the classroom in multiple contexts to solve complex problems, and to connect knowledge acquired through academic endeavours to daily life. You must learn to reflect critically on the knowledge gained through your diverse experiences including, but not limited to, co-curricular activities and paraprofessional training opportunities, in order to apply your learning and experiences in new situations. Above all, you are asked to characterize the five tenets of academic integrity: honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility.

The goal of this domain is to help you understand the learning process, to engage in self-reflection of your role in the process, and to strengthen your capacity to apply your learning in diverse situations to solve complex problems.

Learning Outcomes

  • Integrate academic learning with personal and experiential learning.
  • Take an active role in your learning through critical reflection.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use and synthesize multiple sources of information.
  • Articulate a commitment to lifelong learning.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use the process of inquiry to create new knowledge and understanding.
  • Exhibit behaviours consistent with the five tenets of academic integrity.

Intercultural Maturity

Today, the Internet and social networking technologies enable us to engage with diverse cultures in distant places instantaneously.  International travel has become more common than in the past, and more people work, study and vacation abroad. International migration brings cultural changes to societies as immigrants establish roots in new communities and make them their homes.  The pace of modern globalization demands that employees have the ability to navigate culturally diverse contexts with confidence. All of these factors point to the need for you to possess the intercultural competencies necessary to excel in a rapidly changing and culturally diverse world.

The goal of this domain is for you to gain an understanding of the value of cultural diversity, to situate yourself as a culturally diverse individual, to acquire the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to excel in culturally diverse contexts, to recognize the strengths and challenges of multiculturalism, to become aware of the interdependence of individuals and systems, and to identify the responsibilities associated with global citizenship.

Learning Outcomes

  • Critically reflect upon your own cultural traditions, values and biases.
  • Critically reflect on social issues as members of a global community.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of different cultural traditions and values.
  • Demonstrates an openness and confidence to navigate culturally diverse environments.


Leadership is both a relational and developmental process. You will work with others to evoke some form of real change that reflects your mutual purpose. As a leader, you must ground yourself in self-awareness and a lifelong commitment to personal growth and development. You must exercise leadership in different settings - in and outside of the classroom and on and off campus. Regardless of academic program or organizational involvement you must, ultimately, be prepared to serve as a citizen leader in a global community where you will engage with diverse communities, unique perspectives and complex challenges.

The goal of this domain is for you to work collaboratively with individuals and groups to positively influence real change toward a common purpose.

Learning Outcomes

  • Exhibit ethical reasoning and act with integrity.
  • Assess and take calculated risks.
  • Nurture creativity and promote innovation.
  • Demonstrate skill in guiding and supporting teams or groups.
  • Manage conflicts with civility.
  • Exemplify dependability and trustworthiness.
  • Accept personal accountability.
  • Engage in principled dissent.

Life Skills

We live in an increasingly fast-paced, knowledge-based and technology-driven society. In order for you to reach your goals, you need to engage with opportunities to learn and master skills that will help you be successful throughout your education, for graduate or professional school and future employment. University life provides opportunities for you to develop the knowledge and habits of mind conducive to supporting personal wellness, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and navigating new environments and experiences.

The goal of this domain is for you to cultivate personal resilience, to effectively manage your behaviour and to make informed and ethical decisions regarding your emotional, mental, spiritual and physical well-being as well as your social and professional interactions.

Learning Outcomes

  • Practice self-care.
  • Employ self-advocacy skills.     
  • Demonstrate an openness and confidence to navigate new environments and challenging experiences.
  • Use past experiences to address future challenges.
  • Articulate a sense of purpose and defined goals.
  • Demonstrate the ability to give and receive constructive feedback.

Sense of Self

Building an awareness of who you are and working towards self-acceptance is a lifelong process that helps individuals to engage life with confidence and belief in their abilities. During their time at the University, you have opportunities to build relationships, explore your interests and embrace the multiple aspects that define you as an individual in order to broaden your sense of self. This self-awareness also allows you to make meaning of your experiences in relation to those of others.

The goal of this domain is to assist you to critically reflect on your understanding of your personal identity, beliefs, values, spiritual perspective and cultural background.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand multiple aspects of your personal identity and values.
  • Accept personal accountability and act in accordance with your personal values.
  • Refine and clarify your personal worldviews in relation to the worldviews of others.
  • Apply reflective practices to engage in on-going personal development.

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