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Institutional Learning Outcomes


TRU's Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILO) were unanimously approved by Senate on April 29, 2019. A notice of motion was served at the same Senate meeting regarding revisions to policy ED 16-0 Types of Undergraduate and Graduate Credentials to incorporate the ILOs. The policy revisions were unanimously approved at the May 27, 2019 meeting of Senate.

Information for Faculty


  • Program chairs are the primary contact for questions regarding program requirements.
  • Degree Works contains the approved program requirements and is the primary tool for advising.
  • Institutional Learning Outcomes Procedures provide guidance on the academic approval process, including ILO course criteria.
  • For more information, including a list of approved courses, and foci tools for ILO, High Impact Practice, and Capstone courses, visit the Academic Approvals OneTRU site, Institutional Learning Outcomes page, or contact Dr. Alana Hoare, Associate Director, Academic Planning and Continuous Quality Improvement, at

Effective date

There is no effective date for TRU's ILO requirements; however, it is expected that all baccalaureate degree programs will articulate program learning outcomes and develop a curriculum map that demonstrates alignment between course, program, and ILOs by 2024, and seek approval of any curricular modifications that are neccessary to meet the ILO requirements. Dedicated supports are available to assist faculty with curriculum mapping and curricular governance through the Office of Quality Assurance and Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching.

Currently one-third of baccalaureate degree programs have embedded the ILO requirements into their program requirements. Over the next year, program changes will be dynamic. As programs are modified to include the ILO requirements, Degree Works will reflect the program changes, which will be based on admittance year (catalogue term). For example, if a program modification is approved in November 2021, it will come into effect Fall 2022, as is common practice.

Advisors should use Degree Works to determine the program requirements.

Transfer credit

If a transfer course is deemed equivalent to a TRU course that has an ILO, High Impact Practice, or Capstone designation then it will automatically receive that designation. For transfer credit that is not directly equivalent, students may seek an exception. Disciplinary experts will conduct the assessment using the relevant foci tool. Based on the advice of disciplinary experts, credit for the ILO may be given along with transfer credit. This only applies to transfer courses that are not deemed equivalent to a TRU course.

Information for Students

TRU is dedicated to preparing students to succeed in their future careers and address the social, environmental and ethical challenges of today and tomorrow. To support student success, TRU identified eight institutional learning outcomes (ILO) that all bachelors degree students will achieve as part of completion of their degree. These ILOs ensure students will graduate with a well-rounded base of knowledge in a variety of areas, in addition to the specialized knowledge they acquire in their degree.

For more information, please visit individual program pages or speak with an academic advisor. Students who have declared a major can also use Degree Works to plan their courses.

Learn more about TRU's Institutional Learning Outcomes.

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