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Student Outcomes Assessment

Student Outcomes Assessment

Student learning outcomes for the master’s degree in Postsecondary Education: Student affairs are based on the ten areas of competency for student affairs professionals developed by the American College Personnel Association and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators. The ten competency areas are:

Personal and Ethical Foundations (PPF)

  • Values, Philosophy, and History (VPH)
  • Assessment, Evaluation, and Research (AER)
  • Law, Policy, and Governance (LPG)
  • Organizational and Human Resource (OHR)
  • Leadership (LEAD)
  • Social Justice and Inclusion (SJI)
  • Student Learning and Development (SLD)
  • Technology (TECH)
  • Advising and Supporting (A/S) 


You can see specific knowledge and skills related to these areas by going to  ACPA and NASPA Professional Competency Areas for Student Affairs Practitioners.

Each competency area is defined by foundational, intermediate and advanced behaviors for the competency.  The Student Affairs master’s degree will focus on development of competencies at the foundational level, but students will be encouraged to extend their skills to the intermediate behaviors and beyond as their experience and career goals demand and develop each of the competencies.


The competencies are reflected in the outcomes and assignments for the courses required for the master’s degree in Student Affairs and can also be developed through students’ choices of electives, internship experiences, and related professional activities.


Student learning in the program is assessed through faculty examination of student learning as illustrated through the artifacts and reflections that students in include in the learning portfolio required by the program and through evaluation of a final oral presentation required of each student at the end of the semester in which the student will graduate.  In addition to these assessments of student learning in the program, faculty also solicit student feedback on the program through student surveys at the end of the first year and again prior to graduation and through students’ written evaluations of program strengths and areas for improvement submitted at the end of their program of study.