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Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

Mission Statement

Pepperdine University is a Christian university committed to the highest standards of academic excellence and Christian values, where students are strengthened for lives of purpose, service, and leadership.

Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs) represent the knowledge, skills and attitudes that all Pepperdine students are expected to acquire upon completion of their degree from Pepperdine University. ILOs are designed to help guide individual departments and disciplines in the development of their program learning outcomes.

Institutional Learning Outcomes

The Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs) 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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) are measurable expectations that are formed from the model of the Institutional Learning Outcomes (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.