Developing Program-level Student Learning Outcomes
Student learning outcomes (SLOs) represent core skills and knowledge students should develop through a program of study.
Questions which learning outcomes address include:
- What knowledge, skills, abilities and dispositions should the ideal student graduating from the program demonstrate?
- How will they be able to demonstrate these capacities?
Learning outcomes should include:
1) an action verb that clearly identifies the concrete skill(s) to be demonstrated, and 2) a statement that specifies what learning students must develop and apply. Below are some examples.
- The student will analyze experimental results and draw reasonable conclusions from them.
- The student will effectively evaluate research designs, methods, and conclusions.
- The student will collect, interpret, and analyze financial data to support effective decision-making in corporate and investment environments.
Good program-level learning outcomes statements:
- focus on key skills, knowledge, and/or abilities for success in the discipline or related fields/careers
- are observable and concrete
- are measurable
- describe specific behaviors that a student should demonstrate after completing the program
- are vetted by an advisory board or align with standards of a professional organization or specialized accreditation
- avoid unclear terms and are easily understood by faculty, students, accreditors and the general public
- align with WSU’s Seven Learning Goals of Undergraduate Education
- are approved (informally or formally) by the program’s instructional faculty
- are available to students