Graduation Requirement

American Public University System requires all undergraduate students to participate in our Learning Outcomes Assessment (LOA) process. This process includes the completion of the Peregrine General Education (PGE) assessment. This assessment is designed to measure student learning. LOA results are used to inform the University System of student performance in designated fields so that areas for improvement can be identified within specific APUS academic programs and/or courses.

Students are contacted via email within a week of submitting a graduation application with details on how to fulfill the LOA requirement. This will include step-by-step instructions to complete the online assessment. Students should plan to complete the LOA requirement prior to their intended conferral date. If the LOA requirement has not been met by the conferral date, the student will be moved to the following conferral. APUS will not issue final transcripts or a diploma until this requirement has been completed.

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Peregrine General Education (PGE)

The PGE assesses general academic skills, and contains all multiple-choice questions. Peregrine Academic Services, the higher education division of Peregrine Global Services, provides nationally normed, summative assessment services used by institutions of higher education for internal and external programmatic evaluation. The assessment is customized to best serve the needs of the university. The assessment is used to comprehensively evaluate retained student knowledge associated with the academic degree program’s learning outcomes.

For more information on the PGE, please visit the Peregrine website.

Student Process: What to expect

Once you have submitted your graduation application, if you are an undergraduate student, you will then be eligible to begin the Learning Outcomes Assessment (LOA) Process.

1. Notification of your LOA requirement

You will receive an email from [email protected] with this information within a week of submitting a graduation application.  This will include detailed instructions on how to complete your Peregrine General Education assessment.

2. Complete your Assessment

You can complete your assessment anytime and anywhere you have a strong internet connection. The email you receive will have step-by-step instructions on how to complete your assessment. It will include the web address, session number and log-on information needed for the assessment.

3. Confirmation of your LOA requirement completion

After completion of your assessment, an assessment associate will update your records to reflect the fulfillment of your requirement. You can confirm this update by viewing your "My Graduation Information" page, which is found in the Student Services tab under Graduation Status. The Learning Outcomes Assessment should be marked as “clear”. If your status is incorrect after 10 days, please contact the assessment department at [email protected].

If you have any questions regarding the LOA requirement, please visit Frequently Asked Questions or contact [email protected].      


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Dr. Michelle Wessel

Associate Dean, Curriculum & Assessment