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About the Engaged Learning Tools

UC San Diego's Engaged Learning Tools are unique within the UC system, and are on the cutting-edge nationally. Facing outward, they enable students to discover, capture and share with employers and graduate programs a wide range of co-curricular achievements and career-readiness competencies developed while at UC San Diego. Facing inward, they enable more sophisticated academic advising and career planning by mapping student activities onto a set of transferable, real-world skills. The entire suite is managed by the Teaching and Learning Commons.

Education Initiative

The UC San Diego Education Initiative was formally launched in Fall 2012 to explore and leverage current best global thinking about educational strategies. 

As part of the fulfillment of Goal 1 of UC San Diego’s Strategic Plan, the university created a suite of electronic tools to enhance the student educational experience, and to further support the intellectual, academic, cognitive, and social development of our undergraduate and graduate students at UC San Diego. 

The Research Experience and Applied Learning (REAL) Portal, Enhanced Electronic Transcript, and Co-Curricular Record (CCR) were implemented at UC San Diego in 2015-2016.

UC San Diego Competencies

The twelve UC San Diego Competencies are incorporated into the Engaged Learning Tools to promote student success and development at UC San Diego.

The framework and definitions were created to align with the learning outcomes and competencies of:
  • Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) Value Learning Outcomes
  • Council for the Advancement of Standards (CAS) in Higher Education Learning & Development Outcomes
  • WASC Senior College and University Commission Core Competencies.
  • National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Career Readiness Competencies
The competencies are reviewed on a four-year cycle by the UCSD Education Initiative Workgroup.




EDUCAUSE highlights how comprehensive learner records, including UC San Diego’s CCR and electronic transcript, are evolving to show richer measures of student achievements.



The EvoLLLution

Author Ed Abeyta postulates that "when students graduate, employers should be able to determine what sets of skills and knowledge they bring to the workplace" featuring UC San Diego's Career-Readiness Competencies and the Co-Curricular Record (CCR).



EdSurge shares how UC San Diego's Engaged Learning Tools are connecting students to internships and jobs and capturing their experiences outside the classroom.

   Change Magazine Fall 2017

Change Magazine

Change Magazine features UC San Diego's Engaged Learning Tools as an integrated and expansive way to document their learning experience.