Institutional Research and Effectiveness - IRE

Institutional Learning Outcomes

History of Development

In 2007, a team of Western University faculty, staff, and administrators came together to look at student learning outcomes assessment at Western University. To help make informed decisions on what elements should be included, panel members reviewed literature on health professions learning outcomes. The rationale was that in order to be relevant to our programs, shared learning outcomes were a logical starting point for our unique context as a primary graduate health professions institution. 


At the conclusion of the process, the team identified eight institutional student learning outcome domains that cut across each of Western University’s programs’ outcomes. These domains consist of:

  1. Critical Thinking
  2. Breadth and Depth of Knowledge in the Discipline/Clinical Competence
  3. Interpersonal Communication
  4. Collaboration Skills
  5. Ethical and Moral Decision Making
  6. Life-Long Learning
  7. Evidence-Based Practice
  8. Humanism

Link to examples of domains