Student Learning Outcomes

In the spirit of our Mission and Core Values, and with a commitment to life-long learning, the Chestnut Hill College community has adopted these learning outcomes to promote, guide and assess learning in all the College’s programs. Believing, as did our founder Sister Maria Kostka Logue, that our students are “here to learn to make a living because [they] must, but [they] are here to learn to live,” we set forth these outcomes as standards in all academic and co-curricular areas.

Information Literacy:  

Students will demonstrate the ability to know when there is a need for information and to access, organize, interpret, evaluate and utilize information from a variety of sources in an ethically appropriate manner.

Students will demonstrate clear and effective communication in a variety of modes and styles in and out of the classroom, specifically the ability to read, write, speak, listen and employ various media effectively, and use quantitative data to communicate. Students will be encouraged to use critical and creative forms of expression.

Critical and Creative Inquiry:
Students will demonstrate an understanding of and an ability to use critical analysis to develop innovative and imaginative methods of inquiry and problem-solving.


Students will be encouraged to use critical thinking skills as a guide to multiple modes of inquiry, challenging conventional wisdom and stereotypes.

Leadership and Collaboration:  

Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate, cooperate and collaborate in a range of situations, such as goal-setting, team building, leadership development, and group facilitation.

Integrative Learning:
Students will demonstrate the ability to transform information and experience into knowledge and knowledge into judgment resulting in action. Students will be encouraged to make connections within and among academic disciplines, co-curricular activities and pursuits beyond the campus boundaries.

Civic Engagement:
Students will demonstrate knowledge of societal issues in the analysis of contemporary and historical challenges.

Students will be provided with opportunities to engage issues of social justice, to serve with and for others, to engage in reflection and to participate in their roles as citizens in local and global contexts.

Ethical Reasoning:
Students will be provided with opportunities to develop ethical awareness of societal issues, to exercise moral, intellectual and personal responsibility and to recognize that ethical decision making and reflection on various consequences are the elements of an on-going discernment process.

Students will demonstrate ethical reasoning skills based on critical analysis that is grounded in reason and governed by diverse values.

Knowledge of Self and Others:
Students will be provided with opportunities to reflect on their strengths, explore their assumptions, develop their athletic/physical potential and foster an understanding of their complex identities (connecting habits of mind, heart and body). They will be encouraged to explore a diversity of individuals, groups, and cultures so that they may grow in empathy and respect for the values of others.

Students will demonstrate knowledge of the breadth of human diversity as well as the ability to examine and challenge their own beliefs when confronted with the views of others.

Intentional Learning:
Students will be provided with opportunities to cultivate intellectual agility and creativity, purposeful learning, self-assessment, health awareness, self-confidence and the ability to manage change. Students will be encouraged to continue lifelong holistic development personally, professionally, aesthetically and physically through self-reflection, feedback from others and new learning experiences.

Spiritual Growth:
Students will be guided to explore their own spiritual tradition, to understand the commitment involved in the practice of a faith, to engage in the common search for wisdom and to appreciate their place and role in a context larger than themselves. They will be encouraged to explore the meaning of a spiritual perspective on life, including an understanding of how this perspective shapes and guides decisions. They will be provided with opportunities to gain knowledge of world religions, to experience inclusive Catholic tradition, and to absorb the legacy of the Sisters of St. Joseph, all within the context of the diversity of human beliefs.