ACDS Student Learning Outcomes


As an outcome of foundational advising, student increase their awareness of requirements for degree completion, University policies, procedures and key resources that support academic and personal success. They are able to:

Develop competence and demonstrate accurate use of WWU registration system including:

  • Web registration
  • Class Finder, keys, codes
  • Department overrides, processes and procedures

Develop an appropriate course schedule by demonstrating understanding of the following:

  • Number of credits
  • Number of courses
  • Alternative course combinations
  • Transfer evaluation reports
  • Degree evaluation
  • Student advising sheets

Demonstrate understanding that academic planning is a shared responsibility by identifying and utilizing:

  • Academic advisors
  • Peer advisors
  • AAC planning tools

As an outcome of developmental advising, students develop and monitor short term, intermediate and long term academic goals that are congruent with their capacities, expectations, hopes and constraints. They are able to:

  • Demonstrate shared responsibility for academic planning
  • Choose a major through a realistic self appraisal, including
  • Articulating a rationale for their choice of major
  • Completing preparation for entrance into major
  • Articulating how major relates to life and career goals

Conduct academic planning based on abilities, skills, and personal goals, including:

  • Completing General University Requirements
  • Making decisions about extra-curricular and/or co-curricular activities (e.g. service learning, internships, student leadership roles, etc.) that support their interests and goals

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As a result of their interaction(s) with the Tutoring Center, students are able to evaluate current study strategies and identify areas of strength and areas for improvement.

In order to do so, students are able to:

  • Identify and recognize the scope of services available at the TC
  • Make appropriate use of tutoring sessions
  • Make appropriate use of TC materials
  • Identify skills needed to individually plan for their academic success
  • Recognize the role of quantitative and symbolic reasoning and scientific methods in a liberal arts education
  • Take initiative and responsibility for academic success by developing short term, midterm and long term goals that are realistic and achievable and by making continual progress toward goal attainment.

Students are able to:

  • Increase and utilize a range of academic success strategies and study skills which result in in-depth learning and long term retention of course content
  • Identify preferred learning style(s) and use that knowledge to develop ideal study methods/tools
  • Improve time management skills in order to increase academic performance
  • Apply concepts/principles for problem solving
  • Participate in peer-based study group to optimize learning
  • Increase use of faculty office hours
  • Increase use of campus resources as referred

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As a result of their interaction with the Career Services Center, students are able to:

  • Identify their interests, abilities and personal values and aspirations and relate them to academic areas of study and prospective career fields
  • Know how/where to find information on job market conditions and typical starting salaries
  • Identify and utilize appropriate strategies and techniques for professional networking
  • Identify prospective employers and internships/job opportunities
  • Organize, manage and conduct an internship/job search
  • Identify and compare graduate and professional schools as appropriate to their academic abilities and professional interests
  • Prepare effective job or graduate/professional school application materials
  • Prepare for an internship, job or graduate/professional school interview and can answer interview questions effectively
  • Feel more confident about making academic/career decisions
  • Feel more comfortable with the uncertainly that comes with the job search process
  • Identify resources available to help them in making academic and career decisions
  • Identify resources available to help them in the internship/job search process
  • Appreciate the value of gaining career-related experience before graduation

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Page Updated 11.13.2017