Learning Goals

Student Affairs Learning Objectives

Union's Student Affairs division views its programs as providing essential skills for effective living as part of a residential college education. Offices organize their programs with learning objectives that can be evaluated and measured. Such activities support the division's mission to think in terms of educating the whole person. They think in terms of the following learning objectives:

Active Citizenship: Defining a Community

Students will develop an understanding that they themselves define the standards of their community. This understanding will be reflected in their approach to disciplinary processes, to leadership activities, and to governance. Students will:

  • Develop an awareness of the issues surrounding sustainability
  • Take personal responsibility for their actions
  • Develop skill for sustaining community groups
  • Exercise judgment in building consensus the community

Cultural Competence: Developing Respect for Others

Students will develop skills to interact with others from a position of fundamental respect. They will understand that human cultural differences underlie their interactions, and that understanding cultural difference is key to establishing respect for others. These skills will help them to work effectively in a complex, multicultural world. Students will:

  • understand features of different cultures and religions
  • articulate their own cultural identity
  • identify common assumptions and prejudices regarding social groups
  • demonstrate a commitment to social justice Have consistent compassion and empathy with others

The "Whole" Person: Building Emotional, Physical and Spiritual Wellness

Students will think of their health and wellness in terms of their whole being. They will appreciate the interconnectedness of emotional and physical health, and will develop skills for optimizing wellness. Students will: Develop an awareness of their strengths and interests in relation to the job market

  • understand basic medical concepts and priorities
  • implement an individual approach to physical, mental and spiritual health
  • relate co-curricular experiences to personal skills when applying for jobs
  • show knowledge of basic life skills such as time management and healthy living

Communication: Thinking Critically and Acting Effectively

Students will develop skills to solve problems and to interact effectively. These involve being able to:

  • find a common ground to build social networks
  • develop core leadership skills
  • develop speaking skills in a range of settings

Service: Giving Back to Society

Students will understand the importance of helping one another in building a strong community. This knowledge can be accomplished through service activities. Students will:

  • develop a passion and commitment to causes
  • demonstrate a willingness to help others with an open mind
  • inspire others to help
  • articulate how service engagement can better prepare one for the work world