Learning & Outcomes

At Colorado Technical University, our goal is to provide our students with an education that is industry-relevant and effective. To ensure we reach our goals, we employ a comprehensive assessment process and conduct research to provide a comprehensive set of learnings and outcomes for each degree, course and the university as a whole. We also research what employers are saying about the performance of our alumni in the workplace and how their CTU education has impacted the career progression of our alumni. The results from our research enable us to make adjustments and improvements to our curricula that benefit our students and their future employers. Additionally, the learnings and outcomes serve as a guide for our students as they make informed decisions on what degree to pursue and what they may be able to expect post-graduation.

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  • Colorado Technical University has defined processes for assessing and identifying standards for what our students are learning. Our Statement of Value of Academic Assessment reinforces the fact that these processes ensure that our programs are continually improving and meeting the needs of students. CTU determines a set of course outcomes, program outcomes and university outcomes. With this model CTU ensures students are receiving the education they deserve from the organization, their degree program and each individual course.

    While faculty continually assess student learning in courses, each academic program assesses its learning outcomes on a periodic schedule based on program needs. Student work samples are collected at regular intervals and scored by qualified faculty using standard rubrics. Based on the analysis of the scored samples, program leaders make changes to the curriculum. This continuous improvement cycle continues with the implementation of the changes and reassessment of student work to determine the quality of the improvements.

  • To further help students understand the outcomes of their degree, a selection of possible career paths is available on each degree page. The career titles are provided by Burning Glass, and results are based upon an analysis of over 7 million current job listings compiled from over 17,000 sources – the world’s most comprehensive repository of job openings.*

    While students should not view the career path lists as exhaustive or feel limited to only those options, the list can be used as a helpful guide for where the degree may take them post-graduation. Visit our Degree Finder and select a degree to view Career Path results.

    *http://www.burning-glass.com/realtime/index.html

    Some career titles listed may not be entry-level and may require further education or job experience.

  • Since 2010, CTU has measured the experience of employers with recent CTU graduates on their staff to better understand how to deliver a curriculum to students that provides the broadest opportunities for career growth.

    Below are the questions employers were asked in regards to their employees with degrees from CTU. The results shown below are for CTU overall. Results specific to each degree are available on individual degree pages under the Learning & Outcomes section.

    Employer Experience Rating (%)
    Likelihood that an employer of a CTU grad would hire another 85%
    CTU graduates performed as well or better than other employees 99%
    CTU graduates prepared as well or better than other employees to work at their job 99%
    Employers' Ranking of CTU Graduates' Skills & Competencies Rating (%)
    Analyze data effectively 88%
    Demonstrate appropriate problem-solving skills on the job 90%
    Can be trusted to communicate appropriately with senior leadership at organization 89%
    Can be trusted to write a report (or other communication) without managerial editorial input 82%
    Demonstrate understanding of communications written to them 93%
    Are able to negotiate compromises 87%
    Take direction well 92%
    Work effectively in a team environment 91%
    Coordinate team projects effectively 76%
    Manage conflicts effectively 80%
    Provide input on planning for business 75%
    Take initiative to lead projects 77%
    Think about how their projects will impact the business 78%

    Percentage of respondents who agreed or strongly agreed

    Source:
    Employer Survey -2012 CTU Employer Experience Research: Survey of 2011 CTU graduates.

  • Starting in 2012, CTU began a longitudinal study of the impact of higher education on its graduates' career progression. Each year the study surveys alumni who graduated from CTU one, three, five, and ten years prior. The results, specific to each degree, are available on each degree page under the Learnings & Outcomes section.

    Below are the questions alumni were asked along with the results for CTU as a whole. Results specific to each degree are available on individual degree pages under the Learning & Outcomes section.

    Satisfaction with Colorado Technical University Rating (%)
    Satisfaction with experience at CTU 83%
    Likely to recommend CTU to a friend or colleague 83%
    Instructors appeared knowledgeable in their subject matter 88%
    CTU’s program prepared me to pursue a career in my field 69%
    My education has helped me advance my career 58%
    Percentage of respondents who agreed or strongly agreed  
    CTU's Preparation for Needed Skills & Competencies Rating (%)
    Engage in creative problem solving 75%
    Understand all sides of an issue or challenge 76%
    Team up with co-workers to solve issues and challenges 72%
    Communicate effectively with co-workers 75%
    Communicate effectively with my manager 75%

    Percentage of respondents who agreed that CTU equipped them for skill or competency

    Source:
    Alumni Survey - 2012 CTU Alumni Career Progression Research: Survey of CTU alumni who graduated in designated years between 2002 and 2011.

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