UW-Madison’s Essential Learning Outcomes (ELOs) are shared learning outcomes that serve as an overarching framework to guide the undergraduate experience. Complemented by the Wisconsin Experience, these broad categories encompass many of the goals and purposes shared by UW Madison’s academic degree programs and co-curricular experiences.
Focused by engagement with big questions, both contemporary and enduring
Teamwork and problem solving. Practiced extensively across the curriculum in the context of progressively more challenging problems, projects and standards for performance.
Anchored through active involvement with diverse communities and real world challenges.
Demonstrated through the application of knowledge, skills, and responsibilities to new settings and complex problem.
The ELOs were developed through an extensive project conducted by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) responding to the question: “What qualities and skills do you want in college graduates?” The ELOs represent the responses from employers, business leaders, faculty, staff and alumni.