Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes guide the UK general education program and their integration in faculty syllabi empower our students to deal with the complexity of today’s global world and change over time.  The University of Kentucky’s UK Core Program is framed around four essential learning outcomes approved by the University Faculty Senate on December 8, 2008. (NOTE: For more detailed information on the UK Core Program’s four overarching outcomes, visit the UK Core website.)  We have included below links to our showcase of examples of learning experiences from selected UK classrooms and various assessment tools at all levels of the undergraduate experience.

Area Learning Outcome Description
Intellectual Inquiry Students will demonstrate an understanding of and ability to employ the
processes of intellectual inquiry. [12 credit hours]
Students will be able to identify multiple dimensions of a good question; determine when additional information is needed, find credible information efficiently using a variety of reference sources, and judge the quality of information as informed by rigorously developed evidence; explore multiple and complex answers to questions/issues problems within and across the four broad knowledge areas: arts and creativity, humanities, social and behavioral sciences, and natural/ physical/mathematical sciences; evaluate theses and conclusions in light of credible evidence; explore the ethical implications of differing approaches, methodologies or conclusions; and develop potential solutions to problems based on sound evidence and reasoning.
SHOWCASE Sophia Learning Object - Creative To-Do List
“Critical Self: A Creative To-Do List”
by Ryan Hargrove, Landscape Design,
UK College of Agriculture
Composition and Communication Students will demonstrate competent written, oral, and visual communication
skills both as producers and consumers of information. [6 credit hours]
Students will demonstrate the ability to construct intelligible messages using sound evidence and reasoning that are appropriate for different rhetorical situations (audiences and purposes) and deliver those messages effectively in written, oral, and visual form. Students will also demonstrate the ability to competently critique (analyze, interpret, and evaluate) written, oral, and visual messages conveyed in a variety of communication contexts.
Quantitative Reasoning Students will demonstrate an understanding of and ability to employ methods of quantitative reasoning. [6 credit hours] Students will (a) demonstrate how fundamental elements of mathematical, logical and statistical knowledge are applied to solve real-world problems; and (b) explain the sense in which an important source of uncertainty in many everyday decisions is addressed by statistical science, and appraise the efficacy of statistical arguments that are reported for general consumption.
Citizenship Students will demonstrate an understanding of the complexities of citizenship and the process for making informed choices as engaged citizens in a diverse, multilingual world. [6 credit hours] Students will recognize historical and cultural differences arising from issues such as ethnicity, gender, language, nationality, race, religion, sexuality, and socioeconomic class; students will demonstrate a basic understanding of how these differences influence issues of social justice, both within the U.S. and globally; students will recognize and evaluate the ethical dilemmas, conflicts, and trade-offs involved in personal and collective decision making.

These learning outcomes, when deployed within a particular UK major’s course of study, should also strengthen and enhance the smooth transition of

  • Kentucky’s recent high school graduates into their first fall semester at UK (see more on this at the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education’s website on policies regarding Senate Bill 1 and on college readiness); and,
  • UK students transferring to another institution of higher education here in Kentucky after having completed all 30 credit hours of the UK Core program (see more on this at the CPE website on policies regarding House Bill 160 and the statewide general education transfer agreement.

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