In Fall 2010, UAFS was invited to be an HLC Pioneer Cohort Two institution in the Open Pathway. As part of the reaffirmation for accreditation process, UAFS was asked to participate in the Academy of Assessment for Student Learning Quality Initiative. The Quality Initiative successfully completed in Fall 2014, states: UAFS will undertake a multi-year process to create systemic, comprehensive assessment and improvement of student learning. Each year two University Learning Outcomes (ULOs) will be identified, taught, assessed and reported on:

(1) Ethical Decision Making (2011-13)
(2) Global and Cultural Perspectives (2012-14)
(3) Analytical Skills (2013-15)
(4) Communication Skills (2014-16)
(5) Technological Skills (2015-17)
(6) Quantitative Reasoning (2016-18)


November 1 Program faculty members determine how to assess the ULOs for that academic year.
Fall-Spring Program faculty members conduct assessments, collect and evaluate data, and assess the ULOs.
June 1 The ULO assessment data is submitted through LiveText.

Below are the six University Learning Outcomes:


Analytical Skills

  • Students will use analytical/critical thinking skills to draw conclusions and/or solve problems.
  • Students will access and evaluate appropriate information through written and electronic means.
  • Students will think critically to reach viable solutions to a problem and assess and justify those solutions.


Communication Skills

  • Students will communicate proficiently.
  • Students will compose coherent documents appropriate to the intended audience.
  • Students will effectively communicate orally in a public setting.



  • Students will model ethical-decision making processes.
  • Students will identify ethical dilemmas and affected parties.
  • Students will apply ethical frameworks to resolve a variety of ethical dilemmas.


Global & Cultural Perspectives

  • Students will reflect upon cultural differences and their implications for interacting with people from cultures other than their own.
  • Students will demonstrate the understanding or application of their discipline in a global environment.
  • Students will demonstrate how their discipline impacts or is impacted by those of different cultures.


Technological Skills

  • Students will use computerized tools to efficiently access, communicate, analyze, and evaluate electronic information.
  • Students will access information using technology.
  • Students will use technology to communicate effectively.
  • Students will use appropriate technology to analyze and evaluate data.


Quantitative Reasoning

  • Students will assign and use numbers, read and analyze data, create models, draw inferences, and support conclusions based on sound mathematical reasoning.
  • Students will apply appropriate mathematical models to solve problems.
  • Students will represent mathematical information symbolically, visually, numerically and verbally and will interpret models and data in order to draw inferences.
  • Students will recognize the limitations of quantitative analysis.