STOGoals: Informed Vocational Discernment and Resourceful Planning

Students will develop their gifts in pursuit of lives of worth and service.

For example, students will be able to:

  • Use a wide variety of resources – both informational and interpersonal – to establish goals, make plans, and evaluate progress
  • Articulate the ways in which their liberal arts education will enrich their professional and personal lives after graduation
  • Understand vocation as both informing and reaching beyond their career choices
  • Develop a vocational vision that embraces their distinctive gifts, their understanding of God’s call, and the common good
  • Continue learning throughout their lives

Students can develop these abilities through experiences such as:

  • Attending talks on campus by professionals working in many different fields
  • Taking part in the sophomore Quo Vadis retreat
  • Pursuing student employment in an area they are considering as a possible career direction
  • Completing an OLE Core course in The OLE Experience in Practice
  • Using course writing or speaking assignments as opportunities to reflect on vocation
  • Participating in Piper Center programs and services throughout their college experience
  • Enrolling in a course that examines unfamiliar topics or fields of study
  • Talking with faculty and staff, friends, and family about their gifts and goals

For more information about student learning outcomes, visit the pages below:

Student survey data

Assessment Committee website


of seniors report that they often reflect on learning experiences and outcomes (2022 Learning Goals Questionnaire)


of seniors believe their college experience helped them acquire job- or work-related knowledge and skills (2021 NSSE Survey data)