Student Learning Outcomes at LIGS University
There is no greater priority for an institution of higher education than a clear commitment to its Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs). By definition a university seeks to generate and transfer learning. SLOs define that learning and create benchmarks to gauge and to guide its effective delivery.
LIGS University’s SLOs are divided into three interlinked categories, each of which springs from its mission to provide premiere quality education to a global student base at a reasonable cost.
- Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILO) set broad expectations for student learning across the entire LIGS University student experience and include every program.
- Program Learning Outcomes (PLO) specify the learning outcomes anticipated by each degree program. They identify the learning that can be expected via the completion of each degree.
- Course Learning Outcomes (CLO) are course-specific and indicate the expectations of learning for their associated course.
LIGS University SLOs are interrelated in the sense that each level of outcome defines and reflects the others. CLOs, for example, reflect PLOs, which spring from ILOs.
Institutional Learning Outcomes
ILO1: Effective Communication Students will be able to identify audiences, assess information provided, interpret needs, and present relevant information using appropriate written, oral, and listening skills and media to meet the needs of the situation.
ILO2: Critical Thinking and Reasoning Students will analyze and explain issues objectively,
interpret and synthesize data and ideas, define their own perspectives and positions, and develop feasible and creative solutions to real world problems.
ILO3: Information Competency Students will demonstrate the ability to identify information needs, effectively and ethically gather, analyze and integrate information from variety of relevant sources of information.
ILO4: Mastery of Knowledge Students will demonstrate advanced knowledge of scientific theory, skills, and perspectives that contribute to the discipline.
ILO5: Diversity and Global Perspective Students will examine individual and group needs, and work effectively and sensitively with diverse populations in multicultural and international environment.
ILO6: Ethical Behavior and Integrity Students will demonstrate awareness of personal and professional responsibility to act in compliance with principles of ethics and integrity in a diverse and global society.
Program Learning Outcomes
PLO1: Knowledge of Business: Students will develop a strategic level of understanding of key business functions to:
- Apply effective strategies for key business functions especially including management, marketing, human resources, and finance.
- Identify appropriate management practices for various business settings.
PLO2: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Skills: Students will apply relevant critical thinking and problem solving skills to:
- Create and present solutions for improving business performance.
- Select and use appropriate tools and research to solve complex managerial problems.
PLO3: Ethical Leadership: Students will identify the impact of leadership and ethics in business to:
- Synthesize intercultural practices, diversity, and social responsibility.
- Manifest cultural awareness and sensitivity at strategic and leadership levels in their organizations.
PLO4: Global Professional: Students will integrate a global perspective on management practices and processes to:
- Identify opportunities through the lens of a cosmopolitan, global perspective.
- Analyze challenges and practices in local, national and global business communities.
PLO1: Knowledge of Organizations: Students will master knowledge of management practices in various organizational environments to:
- Apply knowledge and understanding of concepts and theories of management practice in a variety of organizational settings.
- Select and use tools that match current practices for analysis and evaluation challenges common to the organizational management domain.
PLO2: Problem Solving & Research: Students will incorporate problem-solving and research skills to:
- Synthesize current literature in the management domain based on relevant scholarly sources of information.
- Evaluate a variety of quantitative decision-making and problem-solving techniques used in management contexts.
PLO3: Global Professional: Students will develop a mindset of a global professional to:
- Develop a global perspective when identifying opportunities, analyzing challenges, and developing strategies.
- Demonstrate awareness and sensitivity across cultural groups and boundaries by integrating situation-specific tools for both research and practice.
PLO4: Communication Skills: Students will use various forms of communication skills to present ideas and information to:
- Deploy a range of relevant spoken, written and quantitative communication tools and techniques in research and professional settings.
- Use effective written and oral presentation strategies to ethically convey analytical and research findings.
PLO1: Knowledge and Understanding of Business: Students will master knowledge and understanding of business administration to:
- Identify and appropriately use practical and theoretical knowledge in ways that are wide ranging, critical and innovative.
- Develop innovative approaches in response to new
situations and challenges.
PLO2: Problem Solving and Analysis: Students will use problem solving and analysis skills to:
- Analyze and synthesize complex ideas and information in order to redefine knowledge and develop new approaches in various business areas.
- Demonstrate effective and critical selection, combination and use of research and development methods.
PLO3: Global Leader: Students will develop a mindset of a global leader to:
- Demonstrate awareness of ethical dilemmas and conflicting values which may arise in global business practice.
- Formulate solutions to ethical challenges in dialogue with diverse stakeholder groups.
PLO4: Professional Responsibility: Students will develop a sense of professional responsibility to:
- Use resources in ways that are wide-ranging, complex and likely to impact upon the work of others, in an effective, ethical and socially responsible way.
- Contribute to the development of practice-based methodology in the area of business studies.
PLO1: Knowledge and Understanding: Students will demonstrate expert knowledge and understanding in the field to:
- Provide evidence of depth and range of relevant scholarly knowledge in a complex domain.
- Assess and analyze the theoretical underpinnings of classic and current academic research at the leading edge of business practice.
- Select and justify approaches to research tasks and problems using appropriate research methods and tools.
PLO2: Research & Investigation: Students will engage in original research and investigation to:
- Develop a self-directed scholarly focus that integrates recognition, critical evaluation and articulation of the key components of a meaningful topic for thorough investigation.
- Analyze and synthesize relevant academic research in order to create and publish original knowledge of significance to others.
- Become autonomous in managing their own learning, research and publication of scholarly articles and a credible final dissertation.
PLO3: Cognitive Awareness: Students will recognize and respond as scholarly professionals to:
- Collaborate ethically with others in support of self-directed scholarship
- Demonstrate awareness of and sensitivity to the political implications of their scholarship.
- Analyze and synthesize complex and possibly conflicting ideas in order to redefine knowledge in their area of domain expertise.
PLO4: Global Contribution: Students will incorporate a global perspective to:
- Develop new research-based approaches and solutions that contribute to new knowledge in their area of domain expertise.
- Demonstrate awareness of the conceptual underpinnings of ethical dilemmas and conflicts which may arise in a global business environment.
- Formulate solutions in dialogue with others of various backgrounds, and will demonstrate cultural awareness and sensitivity.
Graduation and Retention Rates
We are committed to transparency and wide understanding of data on student achievement and success. Our student achievement data are:
|Program ||Graduation Rates ||Retention and Persistence |
|MBA ||31,3 % ||95,4 % |
|MSc ||38,4 % ||90,3 % |
Our net graduation rate for MBA degree program stands at 31.3% and it is 38.4% for the MSc program (percentage of graduates completing the program in three years or less for cohorts with a start year 2011 - 2014)
Our master’s degree programs are designed to be completed within two years. 49% of our MBA graduates and 62% of our MSc graduates finish in the anticipated time window.
Our doctoral degree programs are designed to be completed within three years. Since first students enrolled in doctoral degree programs only in 2014 it is still too early to gain relevant data for time of completion and graduation rates of doctoral degree students.