The learning outcome frameworks for the Aspirations for Student Learning are used as both a planning tool and an assessment tool. The frameworks identify the outcomes that a student should achieve at various levels of learning and development in different domains. This helps the educator identify outcomes for the educational intervention (program or service).

The frameworks are also helpful in identifying what will be evaluated as a measure of achievement in the particular domain. The learning outcomes frameworks for the Aspirations for Student Learning are similar to the CAS (Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education) Frameworks for Assessing Learning and Development Outcomes, but the Aspiration Learning Outcome Frameworks are specific to the domains that the Division of Student Affairs has identified as a priority for Virginia Tech students.

The outcomes in each framework are based on the broad, shared understanding of each Aspiration. Each learning framework has a theoretical foundation that reflects the spirit of the Aspiration, but it is not comprehensive. For example, the learning outcomes for Civility are influenced by Kohlberg’s Stages of Moral Development. A multitude of theoretical frameworks could be used to understand the Aspirations for Student Learning. The learning outcome frameworks will continue to be refined as members of the division and colleagues across the university further explore and deepen our understanding of the Aspirations.

The APD SharePoint site includes a toolkit to work with the learning outcomes frameworks for the Aspirations for Student Learning. Go to → select APD under departments → select pages → learning outcomes framework.

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