In addition to academic, personal and career learning, eight primary learning outcomes have been established. Many will be intangible skills that are often difficult to quantify. Those skills that are often difficult to quantify, but recognition of their presence often results in forming great ambassadors. This is critical because this will provide an opportunity to address skills that may not be learned in the classroom.
To ensure that students are meeting and exceeding the eight anticipated outcomes they will be asked to keep a personal journal as part of their program portfolio. This journal provides them the opportunity to complete a self-reflection exercise after each Professional Development meeting and program activity. By keeping an account of the experience after each activity they will have a comprehensive set of qualitative data about their transformation as a student in the program which can be used to assist them with writing their personal statements, updating their resumes and overall preparation for life after college.
The student’s development of these learning outcomes is critical as it will address social-emotional learning and non-cognitive skills that will primarily be learned from real-life, non-classroom experiences. The eight PMSP learning outcomes are as follows:
- Social and academic integration
- Gain personal independence
- Communicate effectively (oral, written, technological)
- Establish identity
- Develop integrity
- Develop competence - Graduate (Successful academic progress and degree completion)
- Global awareness
- Develop a desire to give back