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Student Affairs Learning Outcomes

Pomona College Student Affairs Division

Approved April 2011

The Pomona College Student Affairs Division has identified six Student Learning Outcomes which guide our work and interactions with students. As students progress through Pomona College, we expect students will increase their understanding and gain skills and experiences in the following areas:

  1. Knowledge Acquisition
  2. Cognitive Complexity
  3. Personal Development
  4. Engaging Others in Action
  5. Social Responsibility and the Dynamics of Difference and Power
  6. Practical Competence


Knowledge Acquisition (Construction, Integration and Application)


  • Understanding knowledge from a range of experiences
  • Connecting knowledge to other knowledge, ideas and experiences
  • Constructing knowledge
  • Relating knowledge to daily life
  • Knowledge of different learning styles
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Cognitive Complexity

  • Creativity
  • Reflective thinking
  • Critical plus constructive thinking
  • Knowing how concepts work and how they interact with something that might not exist
  • Forming a decision or opinion
  • Effective reasoning
  • Problem solving
Networking 101

Personal Development

  • Self Appraisal
  • Self Understanding
  • Identity Development
  • Ethics and Integrity
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Spiritual Awareness
  • Health and Wellness
  • Emotional Maturity
  • Adaptability
  • Resilience to and management of failure
Networking 101

Engaging Others in Action

  • Communication
    • Disagree without being disagreeable
    • Effective listening
    • Persuasively
    • Effectively
    • Active Listening
    • Oral/ written communication
  • Effective leadership
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Collaboration
  • Civility/ Respect for others
  • Engagement/ Participation
Networking 101

Social Responsibility and Dynamics of Difference and Power

  • Understanding and appreciation of cultural and human differences
  • Sense of civic responsibility
  • Global Perspective
  • Positionality within a community
  • Identify power in relationships
  • Learning concept of privilege
  • Understanding plus identifying injustice, and advocating for change
Networking 101

Practical Competence

  • Development and pursuit of goals
  • Public speaking/ Presentation skills
  • Technological Competence
  • Manage personal affairs/daily life (for example: finances)
  • Manage Career Development
  • Demonstrate Professionalism