Student Success at JPCatholic

John Paul the Great Catholic University is a visionary teaching institution focused on and dedicated to forming students into future innovators and creators, leaders and entrepreneurs. Students have the opportunity to acquire a deep and personal knowledge of Jesus Christ. Catholic ethical, moral, and social values provide a guiding compass for everything we do.

JPCatholic is committed to the success of all our students. This includes setting and assessing learning outcomes for the institution and each program, as well as monitoring retention and graduation rates for all students. This website provides an overview of the processes and data used to monitor and improve student success, with links to further data where available.

Institutional Learning Outcomes

  • Values and knowledge based on the teachings of Jesus Christ as articulated by the Catholic Church
  • Communication Fluency - Written, Oral, and Audio Visual
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Assessment
  • Leadership and Decision-making
  • Information Literacy
  • Critical and Creative Thinking

Program Learning Outcomes

Our Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) align with the university mission to impact culture for Christ and the Institutional Learning Outcomes. The Program Learning Outcomes guide faculty and students in each degree program towards achieving the mission of JPCatholic in their specific focus area.

  1. University Core Program Learning Outcomes
  2. BS Business Program Learning Outcomes
  3. BS Communications Media Program Learning Outcomes
  4. BS Humanities Program Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

Faculty develop course learning outcomes for each course that align with the Program Learning Outcomes. Students are asked to assess their mastery of the course learning outcomes through the course evaluation system.

Evidence of Student Learning

Evidence of achievement of the course and program learning outcomes is collected in every course through the use of signature assignments. The signature assignment for a particular course is designed to measure student learning for one or more of the Program Learning Outcomes associated with the course. Examples of signature assignments include research papers, presentations, tests, film projects, and business plans. Student scores on the signature assignments are collected and reviewed to determine how well students are achieving the Program Learning Outcomes. This data is analyzed by faculty as part of the program review process.

Retention and Graduation Data

JPCatholic collects data on student persistence and graduation in all programs. The most recent available data is shown below.

Data on retention and graduation are also reported to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) through the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

See our IPEDS data

University Core Program Learning Outcomes


In order to have an impact, student must be able to:

  • Describe strategies and demonstrate a desire to learn independently.
  • Use critical thinking and logical reasoning to sift truth from falsehood.
  • Communicate and evangelize using empathetic listening and applying reason in a logical form.


In order to impact culture, students must be able to:

  • Analyze the causes of culture and evaluate culture’s impact on the individual, family and society.


In order to impact culture for Christ, students must be able to

  • Demonstrate an understanding of Christian prayer and virtue arising from a friendship with Jesus Christ.
  • Demonstrate an intimacy with the Sacred Page through academic work.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the teaching of the Catholic Church.
  • Articulate an approach to ethics informed by Catholic teaching, offering an account of the moral responsibilities of the human person and society requisite for human fulfillment.

Business Program Learning Outcomes

Spiritual and Ethical Development

  • Students integrate their faith into their practice of business, considering how business impacts the spiritual life of all stakeholders and developing virtues to help with business decision making.

Business Knowledge and Understanding

  • Students develop critical thinking, analytical skills, and interpersonal skills to help them succeed in a constantly changing business environment.
  • Students can apply the approach of business storytelling and planning to communicate effectively in oral and written communications.
  • Students can explain the principles and basic practices in the following core business disciplines including: economics, accounting, finance, management, leadership, marketing, risk, strategy, law, and global markets.

Business Leadership and Execution

  • Students identify core business problems and opportunities, and develop entrepreneurial skills to respond with concrete proposals and business plans.

Media Program Learning Outcomes

Ethical and spiritual development

  • Students articulate a response to an ethical dilemma they are likely to encounter while working in media, based on a personal code of ethics informed by the teachings of Jesus Christ.

Media knowledge and understanding

  • Students apply the concepts of storytelling, as practiced by the commercial entertainment industry, to create forward-thinking projects that communicate meaning and benefit their audience.
  • Students demonstrate knowledge of specific aspects of media production that are relevant to their area of study.
  • Students analyze media products at various stages of development from multiple points of view for technical and artistic excellence, effectiveness and meaning.

Entrepreneurial orientation & professional focus and development

  • Students identify their specialized interest and value within media, and use the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to be hired by media companies, and, when appropriate to their specialty, analyze the commercial prospects for media products and articulate strategies to take advantage of business opportunities in both traditional and new media.

Humanities Program Learning Outcomes

  • Examine the intellectual, religious, political, and cultural tradition of western civilization attentively with an eye toward entering into contemporary conversations on those topics.
  • Critique the textual and artistic monuments of western civilization.
  • Articulate and examine the perennial questions that arise out of the human experience and assess the most significant answers that have been given to them in a way that is formed by the Catholic intellectual tradition.
  • Analyze the way the Catholic Church has contributed and continues to contribute to and been influenced by the western intellectual, religious, political, and cultural tradition.
  • Demonstrate eloquence and persuasiveness in writing and speaking.

Visual Arts Program Learning Outcomes

Spiritual and Ethical Development

  • Students analyze the way the Catholic Church has relied on visual artists to delight, teach, and inspire; and articulate how their work fits into that larger narrative.

Visual Arts Knowledge and Understanding

  • Students apply the concepts of storytelling, as practiced by the commercial entertainment industry, to create forward-thinking projects that communicate meaning and benefit their audience.
  • Students demonstrate advanced abilities in specific aspects of the visual arts that are relevant to their area of study.
  • Students relate critically and creatively to one or more other artistic disciplines, as well as to the history of the visual arts and their cultural contexts.

Professional Focus and Development

  • Students show evidence of understanding how to operate effectively as professional artists in a variety of work settings, along with the ability to view how their skills are marketable across a range of creative areas.