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Learning Outcomes

The Institutional Educational Objectives (IEOs) are formed by two components:

  1. Core commitments: Knowledge and scholarship, faith and heritage, and community and global understanding
  2. Institutional values: Purpose, service, and leadership

Each commitment is evaluated and implemented through the lens of the institutional values. All components are represented in both the learning environment and the student learning outcomes.

Learning Environment

The Learning Environment is the setting in which students are engaged. Following the model of the Institutional Educational Objectives, the environment is described by showing the initiatives that emerge from each core commitment (derived from the University Strategic Plan) combined with a specific institutional value (purpose, service, leadership). This environment is designed to facilitate the Student Learning Outcomes listed below. The University's learning environment will:

Pepperdine's Learning Environment
  Knowledge and Scholarship Faith and Heritage Community and Global Understanding
Purpose Promote a vibrant, intellectual life that cherishes the liberal arts and graduate/professional education and which exhibits intellectual rigor and practical relevance. Focus on the students and their whole development, educating the heart, soul, and mind, consistent with the University’s mission and values. Integrate principles that embrace human diversity in responding to pressing real-world problems.
Service Celebrate all forms of scholarship (Boyer 1990), including discovery, teaching, integration, and application. Honor God and our heritage by welcoming and serving people from diverse religious, ethnic, and socio-economic communities. Recruit and retain diverse faculty, staff, and student body and reflect the communities served by the university and out of which the university emerges.
Leadership Provide curricula and co-curricula that are rigorous and relevant to the evolving needs of students. Promote strong and meaningful ties with our religious heritage and maintain fidelity to the Christian mission. Facilitate dialogue, action, and opportunities for local and global leadership.

Student Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes are measurable expectations that are formed from the model of the Institutional Educational Objectives (formed by core commitments from the Strategic Plan and institutional values of purpose, service, and leadership). Outcomes-based assessment allows the institution to measure the impact of their educational environment. The outcomes listed below will be measured at various points during the educational experience, at graduation, and post-graduation. The SLOs in the matrix below can be thought of by using the precursor, "Pepperdine graduates and alumni will be able to:"

Student Learning Outcomes
  Knowledge and Scholarship Faith and Heritage Community and Global Understanding
Purpose Demonstrate expertise in an academic or professional discipline, display proficiency in the discipline, and engage in the process of academic discovery. Appreciate the complex relationship between faith, learning, and practice. Develop and enact a compelling personal and professional vision that values diversity.
Service Apply knowledge to real-world challenges. Respond to the call to serve others. Demonstrate commitment to service and civic engagement.
Leadership Think critically and creatively, communicate clearly, and act with integrity. Practice responsible conduct and allow decisions and directions to be informed by a value-centered life. Use global and local leadership opportunities in pursuit of justice.

For more information about Pepperdine's Learning Outcomes, please visit the Institutional Educational Objectives page.