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Undergraduate Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILO)

The undergraduate Institutional Learning Outcome (ILO) working group would like to provide a summary of our progress to date to the Pace community. As background, we developed the charge document, which has been presented to administration, staff, and the process of ILO approval (through formal resolutions) was approved by faculty governance bodies.


Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILO) can be generally defined as: Knowledge, skills, and attitudes undergraduate students are expected to develop from their entire experience at the university. Undergraduate University experiences include, broadly speaking, both academic (i.e., core, majors, minors, certificates, badges) and non-academic (i.e., Pace Path, student life activities, UNV 101) programs.

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Our Charge

Engaging in an ILO development process allows us to explore the interrelationships among student learning outcomes (SLOs) across both academic and non-academic, or student-facing, programs and how SLOs inform the creation of ILOs. Additionally, this inquiry process will help inform our current work on strategic planning.

Our general goal is to generate a set of ILOs in collaboration with the university community. We will initiate a process of undergraduate ILO development unique to Pace and offer three principles guiding this inquiry process:

  1. ILOs should represent student learning competency that is commensurate with the institution’s mission.
  2. ILOs should be clearly operationalized defined and their assessment achievable via a range of methodological approaches.
  3. The number of ILOs should be reasonably small (say, 5 or less), which would allow for sustainable and efficient assessment.

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Structure of Working Group

The goal of forming the working group was to represent as representative a list of key stakeholders in ILO development as possible. To meet that aim, group membership included:

  1. University Director of Assessment (Alfred Ward)
  2. Faculty representatives (5); one from Dyson, Lubin, Seidenberg, Education, CHP school or college undergraduate curriculum committees.
  3. Two or more faculty members from the Strategic Planning Steering Committee.
  4. Two location faculty council assessment leads Three current undergraduate students.
  5. One alumnae, graduating with an undergraduate degree within the past ten years.
  6. Seven staff members from the Student Learning Outcomes Assessment (two members) and Student Experiences Assessment (five members) committees.
  7. Four at-large faculty members.

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Preparatory Work for 2021-22 Academic Year

Over the summer, four smaller working groups were formed and charged with summer “homework” assignments in the following areas.

  1. Working Group 1: Survey universities who have developed ILOs and summarize those activities.
  2. Working Group 2: Consolidate SLOs at Pace from both academic and non-academic programs. SLOs will be culled from 2020-21 end-year academic (majors, core) and non-academic program based reports. Recommendations on how to categorize these SLOs will be developed.
  3. Working Group 3: Survey the higher education scholarly literature on ILOs and prepare a white paper. This inquiry would involve, in part, surveying the peer-reviewed literature on this topic
  4. Working Group 4: Develop processes for reaching out to Pace community regarding ILO development this Fall. Prepare an action plan for Fall.

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Planned Fall 2021 Activities

We will be engaging with the Pace community in the following activities throughout the Fall semester:

  1. Developed an ILO website
  2. Conducting focus groups with Pace stakeholders beginning in November
  3. Developed an ILO survey in order to gain feedback and insights from faculty, staff, and undergraduate students. The survey qualtrics link has been shared with the Pace community via (1) a general announcement placed on the Classes homepage on November 19, and (2) via emails sent separately to faculty, staff, and undergraduate students from the Provost’s Office on November 22.

We look forward to working with the faculty, staff, and students throughout this process.

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The ILO Team

  • Emily Bent (Faculty, Dyson)
  • Vinnie Birkenmeyer (Staff/Alum, Student Affairs)
  • Sarah Burns Feyl (Staff, Library)
  • Jocelyn Caballero (Student)
  • Rachel Carpenter (Staff/Alum, Student Affairs)
  • Dennis Faiello (Student)
  • Brianne Gonzalez (Student)
  • Millie Hepburn-Smith (Faculty, CHP)
  • Jennipher Lombardo, Staff, CHP)
  • Kimberly Mars (Student)
  • Aditi Paul (Faculty, Dyson)
  • Medaline Philbert (Staff, Library)
  • Raquel Plotka (Faculty, SOE)
  • Kate Richardson (Faculty, Lubin)
  • Mariajose Romero (Staff, Dyson)
  • Kaustav Sen (Faculty, Lubin)
  • Anna Shostya (Faculty, Dyson)
  • Natalie Stepanian (Faculty, CHP)
  • Al Ward (Faculty, Dyson, Provost's Office)
  • Adelia Williams (Faculty, Dyson)
  • Jun Yuan (Faculty, Seidenberg)

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