Learning Outcomes

The Business and Economics Department at California University of Pennsylvania strives to be an institution that focuses on student-centered, active learning and engages in the continuous improvement of its programs, services and faculty.   We seek to prepare students to succeed in the global economy and to contribute to the economic and social well-being of the community, region and world.  Whether you are a traditional face-to-face student or immersed in Cal U’s 100% online MBA or Integrated Global Business program, an essential part of your preparation is the development and mastery of skills and concepts that will propel you to success in your career and life. 

To ensure this vision is carried out successfully, the Business and Economics Department takes the quality of classroom and online instruction and assessment of student learning outcomes very seriously.  This is evidenced by a commitment to measuring and reporting learning outcomes as part of Cal U's accreditation by the  Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

  1. Value of ACBSP Accreditation--Guide to Students
  2. Value of ACBSP Accreditation--Guide to Employers

Each of California University’s undergraduate and graduate programs has specific learning objectives that are regularly measured and evaluated.  The courses and experiences that students complete are designed to promote mastery of these objectives.  Learning objectives are measured in several ways, but primarily through course-embedded assignments, quizzes, exams or projects that are directly linked to specific objectives.  In the spirit of continuous improvement, these results are then used to enhance and strengthen Cal U’s business and economics programs through strategic planning.

Click the Business Core link (below) for highlights of the assessment results for the business core classes. Click on the Annual Assessment Report or Enrollment and Graduation Data link for more detailed information:

Learning objectives for undergraduate and graduate business programs also are assessed using an externally benchmarked standardized test administered by Peregrine Academics.  The exam tests students’ knowledge in 12 subject areas of business and economics.  Since the exam is used by numerous institutions nationally, we are able to compare how well Cal U stacks up against similar institutions.  A summary of these results can be viewed here:

A student’s satisfaction with his or her experience at Cal U is also important.  Each semester the Business and Economics Department surveys graduating seniors.  This survey covers areas such as the quality of interaction with faculty, the development of marketable skills, and the quality of instruction in other areas.

Learning Outcomes for Business Concentrations


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Have Questions?

Contact the Department of Business and Economics at 724-938-4371.

Department Chair

Dr. Paul Hettler
724-938-5730
hettler@calu.edu