There are six distinct pathways that must be completed, one for each of Oregon Tech’s six Essential Student Learning Outcomes (ESLO).
A typical pathway includes:
Taught by content-area experts, foundational courses in each ESLO area give students initial exposure to ideas in each area. Typically with significant scaffolding. (29 credits total).
Rather than simply scratching the surface, practice-level courses explicitly build upon a clearly-established foundation to deepen students’ abilities. Assignments reflect moderate scaffolding, but students are learning how to apply their skills to unstructured or open-ended problems and situations. (15 credits minimum).
Programs identify courses within their discipline where students apply and continue to practice the skills in each outcome area in the context of their discipline. (no specific credit requirement; courses specified by programs).
Oregon Tech's Essential Student Learning Outcomes (ESLOs) support Oregon Tech's institutional mission and core themes. The outcomes and associated criteria reflect the rigorous applied nature of Oregon Tech's degree programs.
Oregon Tech students will demonstrate these institutional student learning outcomes:
Inquiry & Analysis
The ESLOs reflect the common expectations about the knowledge, skills, and abilities that Oregon Tech students will acquire and are reflected in the General Education requirements that lay the foundation upon which the major curricula build. Engaging in these ESLOs will support Oregon Tech graduates in developing the habits of mind and behaviors of professionals and lifelong learners.
Oregon Tech celebrates its new Essential Student Learning Outcomes following a year-long review conducted by the Assessment Commission Executive Committee. Reports for the institutional assessment of the original eight outcomes which began in 2007 can be found in the link from this page. Full descriptions and criteria for assessment, as well as the assessment cycle for the six new ESLOs are also linked from this page.