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Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

PLOs (program learning outcomes) are a comprehensive list of the most important knowledge, skills, and values students learn in their academic program. These can include general education and the WSCUC Five Core Competencies. In general, the outcomes should ask for higher levels of sophistication for senior-level undergraduate students and for graduate programs, and they should consider national disciplinary standards when available. The university also has institutional learning outcomes (ILOs).

The WSCUC rubrics can be used to assess learning outcomes for clarity, quality, and comprehensiveness. Use these rubrics to create, revise, and enhance PLOs.

The following are the PLOs at all the five schools.



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.

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

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The Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs) are formed by two components:

  1. Institutional Values: Purpose, Service, and Leadership
  2. Core Commitments: Knowledge and Scholarship, Faith and Heritage, and Community and Global Understanding

Values, Core Commitments, and ILOs

Read more about the OIE's current initiative to revisit and simplify the ILOs.

  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. Understand and value diversity.
Service Apply knowledge to real-world challenges. Incorporate faith into service to others. Demonstrate commitment to service and civic engagement.
Leadership Think critically and creatively, communicate clearly, and act with integrity. Demonstrate value-centered leadership. Demonstrate global awareness.