Learning Outcomes

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USC Campus Activities

Department Goals:

  • Educate and develop leaders by engaging students in conversations of personal, group, and community values;
  • Create transformative educational experiences where students and communities thrive;
  • Support equity, inclusion, and a campus culture driven by student well-being; 
  • Provide students with opportunities to learn life skills.

Division Strategic Plan Alignment:
The Division of Student Affairs established the following four Strategic Goals to guide its work for the next three years, 2017-2020:

  1. Enhance the culture of equity and inclusion. (G1)
  2. Cultivate a culture where individuals and communities thrive. (G2)
  3. Disrupt the culture of at-risk substance use. (G3)
  4. Foster a culture of consent and healthy relationships. (G4)


Alternative Breaks
Objective Empower students to be leaders of social change through a service learning curriculum that incorporates individual growth, team skills, and cultural awareness. (G1, G2, G3)
Student Learning Outcomes 1. Examine the concept of intersectionality as it applies to social injustices. 

2. Articulate the role of power, privilege, and oppression in the context of social change.

3. Work collaboratively with the community by incorporating their input and prioritizing their needs.

4. Develop confidence in leadership abilities. 

5. Understand the historical, sociopolitical, and cultural perspectives of the host community. 

6. Identify and examine short and long term strategies that address the social issues pertaining to the trip.

7. Identify and leverage the strengths and skills of a diverse group of individuals to accomplish a goal. 


Friends and Neighbors Day
Objectives Provide students with enriching opportunities for civic engagement and educate students on how to be advocates for social change. (G1, G2)
Student Learning Outcomes 1. Work collaboratively with the community by incorporating their input and prioritizing their needs.

2. Learn about one approach to address their service site’s social issue.


Hazing Prevention
Objective 1 Increase student knowledge and awareness of hazing prevention strategies.  (G2, G3, G4)
Student Learning Outcomes 1. Define University policy and California State law on hazing.

2. Recognize and identify a wide variety of hazing activities and warning signs.

3. Identify three key components of hazing. 

4. Identify university and community hazing education resources.

5. Apply skills to safely and confidently intervene in hazing or potentially violent situations.

Objective 2 Enhance student and staff knowledge of bystander intervention. (G2, G4)
Student Learning Outcomes 1. Identify hazing activity and behaviors as they occur.

2. Interpret violent behavior as problematic.

3. Recognize responsibility to take action.

4. Acquire four skills to respond appropriately to hazing activity.

5. Take action (direct, distract, delegate, discuss). 

Objective 3 Disrupt normalized hazing culture on campus. (G2, G4)
Student Learning Outcomes 1. Identify at least three alternative group cohesion and team building activities.

2. Develop understanding of the consequences of hazing activity on the individual and organization.

3. Develop and build student organizations that foster a sense of belonging. 

4. Recognize how hazing falls within a spectrum of interpersonal violence.

Objective 4 Increase students’ likelihood to report hazing incidents. (G2)
Student Learning Outcomes 1. Demonstrate knowledge of reporting options for suspected hazing incidents.

2. Identify campus and community resources to support victims of hazing. 

3. Demonstrate knowledge of how to effectively report hazing activity.


Late Night ‘SC
Objective 1 Support a culture of non-substance use. (G3)
Student Learning Outcomes 1. Integrate healthy physical, mental, and emotional practices into students’ everyday lifestyles by using the information and techniques provided through the Late Night ‘SC programs.

2. Participate in activities that do not promote substance use due to the diverse range of programs that are offered to students.

3. Attend Late Night ‘SC events as an alternative to attending social activities where substance use may be prevalent. 

Objective 2 Form and cultivate healthy social relationships. (G2)
Student Learning Outcomes 1. Participate in activities with fellow USC students and interact with new students.

2. Recognize and value diverse experiences, backgrounds, and ideas.

Objective 3 Enhance the personal wellbeing of students through resources provided through department programs.(G2)
Student Learning Outcomes 1. Develop practices of self-care and self- expression through alternative activities during the weekend prime social hours. 

2. Understand the impacts and incorporate practices of wellness and self care to their lives and relationships.


Leadership Council (FND)
Objective Empower students to be leaders of social change through collaborations with local community organizations with a focus in individual growth, team skills, and consciousness of local impact.
Student Learning Outcomes 1. Enhance their communication through various interpersonal models (e.g. empathetic, nonviolent, etc.).

2. Collaborate with their team to accomplish goals of a non-profit organization.

3. Practice problem-solving, individual decision-making and goal-setting.

4. Implement intentionality in their leadership style and actions.

5. Empower other students to find meaningful reflections in service learning.


Leadership Education and Development (L.E.A.D.)
Objective 1 Develop understanding of leadership and how to use this to enact change. (G1, G2)
Student Learning 


1. Explain leadership models and philosophies (such as Servant Leadership, Leadership Member Exchange, Social Change Model, etc.).

2. Assess leadership models, philosophies and paradigms of leadership.

3. Articulate the role of power, privilege, and oppression within leadership structures.

4. Analyze leadership paradigms, theoretical approaches and philosophies. 

5. Identify strategies for how to enact change in various educational, professional and community environments. 

Objective 2 Participate in activities to learn about leadership through outdoor recreation. (G2)
Student Learning 


1. Increase student access to Southern California natural resources and promote an interest in outdoor recreation, environmental stewardship, and wellness.

2. Foster responsible leadership development through experiential learning using the principles of the Social Change Model.

3. Introduce students to the intersection of outdoor recreation and leadership practices, allowing the development of teamwork, risk management, and personal growth.


Recognized Student Organizations
Objective Form groups that allow students to develop personal and professional relationships, learn leadership and organizational skills, and serve the community. (G1, G2, G3, G4)
Student Learning Outcomes 1. Demonstrate understanding of skills necessary to manage groups, including university policies, risk management, member recruitment, and retention.

2. Display reasoned, flexible and a collaborative approach to leadership.

3. Demonstrate personal characteristics that positively affect the workplace and organization.


Student Government 
Objective 1 Translate the skills acquired through student involvement to students’ career & personal growth. (G1, G2)
Student Learning Outcomes
  1. Identify three leadership strengths.
  2. Navigate conflict resolution and develop mediation skills.
  3. Enhance their communication skills when interacting with students from different backgrounds.
  4. Understand and follow governing documents, university, state, and national policies.
  5. Develop collaborative skills by engaging with peers, advisors, students and campus partners.
Objective 2 Educate, entertain, and advocate for the student body to create a positive student experience. (G1, G2, G3, G4)
Student Learning Outcomes 1. Develop an understanding of personal identity, power, privilege and oppression by participating in ongoing cultural competency trainings.

2. Participate in activities that encourage diversity of thought and experience and promote an inclusive environment.

Objective 3 Feel a sense of belonging to USC by participating in USG/GSG. (G2)
Student Learning Outcomes 1. Formulate the student’s own concept of thriving. 

2. Identify two strategies for a healthy lifestyle. 

Objective 4 Develop programs and initiatives for USC students. (G1, G2)
Student Learning Outcomes 1. Assess and respond to advocacy and  programmatic interests of the student body.

2. Identify all aspects of planning and executing an event or initiative, and complete all relevant tasks in a timely manner.

3. Develop, implement, monitor, and make adjustments to budgets based on allocated funding.


Student Employment
Objective 1 Develop life skills and leadership experience to help develop the students’ professional experiences. (G2)
Student Learning Outcomes 1. Understand a strong work ethic, and being an active member of a team striving for a common goal.

2. Actively seek various resources to complete a task, and provide excellent customer service.

3. Articulate team goals and expectations to team members, and motivate them to achieve their best.

4. Identify and adapt behaviors based on understood information and experiences to various situations or settings.

Objective 2 Align graduate student employees with NASPA/ACPA competencies. (G2)
Student Learning Outcomes 1. Identify one’s own informal theories of student development (“theories in use”) and how they can be informed by formal theories to enhance work with students.

2. Construct learning outcomes for both daily practice as well as teaching and training activities.

3. Facilitate problem-solving, individual decision-making and goal-setting.  

4. Challenge and support students and colleagues. 

5. Encourage reflection to make meaning from experiences with students, groups, colleagues, and others.