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Learning and Service Outcomes

The VPSA Council approved the Learning and Service Outcomes shown below in April of 2015. The outcomes were drafted by the Student Affairs Learning Agenda Revision Task Force, which included staff from across the Division of Student Affairs, a student, and a faculty member. For more information, see the Final Report from the Student Affairs Learning Agenda Revision Task Force. An archive copy of the Student Affairs Learning Agenda, in use from about 1997 through 2015, can be found on page 10 of the report.

Learning Outcomes

Practical Competence

Students will be able to:

  • manage personal affairs, including balancing time and financial obligations
  • hold self accountable for actions and responsibilities
  • use skills and knowledge to complete projects and tasks
  • engage in behaviors and contribute to environments that promote holistic health and wellness


Students will be able to use a variety of modes, particularly written, oral, artistic, and visual, to:

  • demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences in a variety of contexts
  • demonstrate appropriate conventions in a variety of communication situations
  • effectively communicate analysis, knowledge, understanding, expression, and / or conclusions
  • communicate a vision, mission, or purposes that encourages commitment and action in others

Critical Thinking, Creative Thinking, and Problem Solving

Students will be able to:

  • evaluate the assumptions, evidence, and logic of competing views and explanations
  • identify methods of inquiry, approaches to knowledge, and their assumptions and limitations in multiple disciplines
  • evaluate, synthesize, and apply evidence to understand and address complex, real world problems
  • generate creative, reasoned, approaches or solutions to unscripted, real world problems
  • apply creativity and divergent thinking


Students will be able to:

  • apply technology to demonstrate creativity and solve problems
  • use technology to enhance understanding

Human Societies

Students will be able to:

  • analyze the interplay of self and society, particularly how social structures shape human experiences and how humans shape social structures

Diversity and Global Perspectives

Students will be able to:

  • analyze how diversity contributes to and shapes solutions to challenges confronting the global community
  • collaborate with others in diverse interpersonal, intercultural, or international settings
  • identify how values and contributions of diverse societies provide contexts for individual experiences, values, ideas, artistic expressions, and identities

Personal and Social Responsibility

Students will be able to:

  • identify stewardship of the land and its people as integral to a land-grant university
  • engage in service learning
  • examine their own values, biases, and conclusions
  • analyze the ethical basis for and implications of personal, professional, and civic decisions
  • comprehend and demonstrate appropriate and healthy standards of personal and professional behavior
  • analyze how personal choices impact communities and the world

Service Outcomes

The Division of Student Affairs supports students' educational pursuits by providing high quality services and programs from pre-enrollment to post-graduation. The Division supports students in:

  • creating or embracing educational, personal, and professional goals,
  • identifying strategies to achieve those goals,
  • removing barriers to success,
  • accessing and navigating the university environment,
  • obtaining and making use of essential learning resources,
  • meeting essential needs such as funding, resources, housing, dining, and holistic health and wellness, and
  • transforming educational achievements into careers and life in their communities and the world.

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Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs
North Dakota State University
Phone: +1 (701) 231-7701 - Fax: (701) 231-8176
Campus address: Old Main 100
Mailing address: Dept 5000 PO Box 6050, Fargo, ND 58108-6050
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Last Updated: Tuesday, May 12, 2015