Student Learning Outcomes

The following student learning outcomes for students participating in ASU study abroad programming are designed for all study abroad program types (summer faculty-directed, Global Intensive Experience, exchange and partnership), including both domestic and international credit-bearing experiences.

In 2018-2019, the ASU Study Abroad Faculty Advisory Committee, in collaboration with the Study Abroad Office, worked to develop ASU Study Abroad Student Learning Outcomes with the goal to:

  1. Identify student learning outcomes and a corresponding measure for study abroad (both international and domestic programming) that are applicable to the diverse study abroad programming offered to ASU students;
  2. Develop tools for measuring the identified outcomes.

Study Abroad Student Learning Objectives and Outcomes

Starting with proposals for summer 2020 study abroad programming, ASU faculty will select two (2) Student Learning Outcomes per study abroad program. Faculty can select more than two (2) if so desired.

The ASU Faculty Advisory Committee identified five learning objectives representing six classes of outcome: Knowledge, Skill, Attitude, Action, Beliefs and Values.

  1. Students apply their knowledge to create a global to local frame of reference in their response to situations and events. (Knowledge)
  2. Students demonstrate an awareness of cultural diversity. (Attitude, Beliefs and Values)
  3. Students demonstrate personal growth and intercultural competency. (Attitude, Beliefs and Values)
  4. Students gain career readiness and leadership skills that are relevant for a global world(Action, Skill)
  5. Students develop a mindset that emphasizes innovation, sustainability and social embeddedness. (Action, Skill)

Each of these learning objectives has a subset of measurable learning outcomes. Under the outcomes section, ASU faculty may choose to select additional outcomes that support the stated objective.

Learning Objective #1

Learning Objective #1

Learning Objective #1: Students apply their knowledge to create a global to local frame of reference in their response to situations and events. (Knowledge)

Outcomes:

  • Students connect with communities through mutually beneficial partnerships;
  • Students demonstrate knowledge of interconnectedness/interdependence of political, environmental, social, and economic systems on a global scale and in a historical context;
  • Students demonstrate an understanding of their own culture within a global context;
  • Students apply culture-specific knowledge to think critically and comparatively about global and local issues;
  • Other.

Study Abroad Office Administered Assessment: Pre-and-post Survey

Additional Assessment Ideas to be Conducted by Program Directors: integration into assignments, additional measurement tools, focus groups, interviews

Learning Objective #2

Learning Objective #2

Learning Objective #2: Students demonstrate an awareness of cultural diversity. (Attitude)

Outcomes:  

  • Students are able to observe while reserving judgment and to interpret unfamiliar cultural contexts;
  • Students are aware of and sensitive to other cultures’ norms and customs;
  • Students understand what is distinctive about their own culture in comparison with other cultures;
  • Students understand and value differences between their home culture and other cultures;
  • Students appreciate the role of customs and tradition in determining acceptable behavior, attitudes, and perceptions;
  • Other.

Study Abroad Office Administered Assessment: Pre-and-post Survey

Additional Assessment Ideas to be Conducted by Program Directors: integration into assignments, additional measurement tools, focus groups, interviews

Learning Objective #3

Learning Objective #3

Learning Objective #3: Students demonstrate personal growth and intercultural competency. (Attitude, Beliefs and Values)

Outcomes:

  • Students are able to demonstrate curiosity and creativity;
  • Students are able to adapt to changing circumstances;
  • Students are able to cope with frustration, adversity, or challenging circumstances;
  • Students demonstrate increased self-confidence and decision-making capabilities;
  • Students demonstrate increased language proficiency in the target language;
  • Students are able to interact effectively with people from another culture;
  • Other.

Study Abroad Office Administered Assessment: Pre-and-post Survey

Additional Assessment Ideas to be Conducted by Program Directors: integration into assignments, additional measurement tools, focus groups, interviews

Learning Objective #4

Learning Objective #4

Learning Objective #4: Students gain career readiness and leadership skills that are relevant for a global world. (Action, Skill)*

Outcomes:

  • Students are able to identify and articulate their skills, strengths, knowledge, and experiences relevant to their career goals, and identify areas necessary for professional growth;
  • Students build collaborative relationships representing diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, religions, lifestyles, and viewpoints;
  • Students are able to work within a diverse team structure, and can negotiate and manage conflict;
  • Students leverage the strengths of others to achieve common goals, and use interpersonal skills to coach and develop others;
  • Other.

*adapted from the National Association of College Employers - NACE - https://www.naceweb.org/

Study Abroad Office Administered Assessment: Pre-and-post Survey

Additional Assessment Ideas to be Conducted by Program Directors: digital portfolios, integration into assignments, additional measurement tools, focus groups, interviews

Learning Objective #5

Learning Objective #5

Learning Objective #5: Students develop a mindset that emphasizes innovation, sustainability and social embeddedness. (Action, Skill)

Outcomes:

  • Students embrace an entrepreneurial mindset when creating innovative solutions for today's challenges in all types of activities, organizations, communities and groups;
  • Students seek an entrepreneurial mindset by harnessing their curiosity, establishing connections between people and ideas, and creating value for the social good - both locally and globally;
  • Students generate solutions, education, engagement and research that empowers the world to advance towards a sustainable future;
  • Students better understand that their actions impact life on this planet; develop a commitment to a more sustainable world in which the economy, the environment and social institutions prosper simultaneously and symbiotically;
  • Other.

Study Abroad Office Administered Assessment: Pre-and-post Survey

Additional Assessment Ideas to be Conducted by Program Directors: integration into assignments, additional measurement tools, focus groups, interviews