Institutional Research and Decision Support

The IUPUI Principles of Undergraduate Learning (PULs) are IUPUI's competency-based framework for the learning outcomes that every undergraduate should attain. The PULs have specified the competencies for undergraduate learning for over 15 years. Since 2010, all undergraduate programs have been mapping and evaluating the PULs emphasized in each undergraduate course. At the campus level, attainment of the PULs for seniors is measured as a continuing assessment strategy.

IUPUI Principles of Undergraduate Learning: 

  • Core Communication and Quantitative Skills
  • Critical Thinking
  • Integration and Application of Knowledge
  • Intellectual Depth, Breadth, and Adaptiveness
  • Understanding Society and Culture

IUPUI’s Principles of Undergraduate Learning (PULS) helped to shape AAC&U’s LEAP Essential Learning Outcomes. In fact, Indiana has joined the LEAP States Initiative. This initiative provides us with the opportunity to work with other large-scale efforts designed to improve teaching and learning, focus on learning outcomes and assessment, and produce not just more college graduates, but graduates with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to be engaged citizens  (see the Commission for Higher Education’s 2013 resolution to name Indiana as a LEAP state).

General Education is implemented well if it allows students to thrive, compels faculty to do their best work, and create opportunities for students to develop the dispositions, knowledge, and skills to tackle complex real-world issues and become productive, engaged citizens.  General Education courses should be continuously assessed to ensure that participating students have positive learning experiences. Assessment could  involve both indirect measures of student learning (e.g., self-assessment, peer-feedback, end-of-course evaluation questionnaires, national survey instruments such as NSSE, focus groups, and exit interviews) as well as direct measures (signature assignments, exams, tests, quizzes, written papers, oral presentations, group work, exit exams, and standardized tests). The AAC&U VALUE rubrics or other rubrics designed locally could be useful tools for evaluating and understanding student learning outcomes.