Pacific Oaks College is committed to its students' learning and success. Educational processes and outcomes are aimed at transformational learning that supports students' holistic development. The College's academic programs enable graduates to serve children and families in our increasingly diverse world.
The information on this website is intended to help prospective students and others evaluate the College's educational goals and the student outcomes of the education we provide. We encourage prospective students to use this information as you seek the right college to pursue your educational goals.
Pacific Oaks College Mission and Learning Outcomes
- Student learning at Pacific Oaks College involves several elements, starting with the Pacific Oaks Mission Statement.
- Pacific Oaks, in Quaker tradition, is typically cooperative, non-hierarchical, and particularly attentive to the voices of others.
- Pacific Oaks strongly supports and encourages learning that is intrinsically motivated.
Learning outcomes, developed through faculty conversations and meetings, identify what our students should know and be able to do—knowledge, skills, and values—after completing our programs. College learning outcomes are embedded in course content and the teaching methods employed by Pacific Oaks faculty.
Institutional Learning Outcomes
Upon degree or program completion, students of Pacific Oaks College will leave with enhanced skills, knowledge, and values that empower them to:
- Engage authentically and effectively with widely diverse populations in a global environment
- Combine professional knowledge with a respect for the unique values and experiences of the individuals and communities with whom they work to solve problems
- Improve the profession through actions that advocate for social equity and serve the changing needs of diverse communities
College learning outcomes are connected to the program level outcomes.
Program Level Outcomes
The program level outcomes are specific to each Pacific Oaks academic program. Faculty members in each program monitor these closely to ensure that student learning and achievement meets program expectations.
Each course description is the learning contract that describes for the student what will be covered in the class. Curriculum for all classes is designed to address one or more of the College level outcomes, which are contained in the program level outcomes.
The learning objectives listed in each course syllabi (also may be referred to as student learning objectives, course objectives, course goals, etc.) are the connecting link between course material and the program level outcomes. Each class contains material that covers to some degree, one or more of the program level outcomes.
- Using students' experience and lives as a framework, classes provide meaningful learning opportunities for synthesis of theoretical, developmental, and contextual information on aspects of human development.
- Extensive reading, writing, and assignments geared toward demonstration of learning provide students with the environment, structure, and support for integration of course content.
- Assessment, based in part on rubrics, provides a link between the classroom and learning-centered evaluation of student's mastery of program level outcomes.
- Students receive assessment and feedback through narrative evaluation at the end of a course.