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Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Student Learning Outcomes Philosophy Statement

Assessment of student learning outcomes is an integral part of the Teaching-Learning process. The purpose is to enhance a student's opportunity to acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes/values provided through all aspects of instruction. The assessment of student learning at the program level relies on faculty expertise and experience. Information derived from the assessment of student learning will be used to facilitate student learning and development, to promote faculty and staff growth, to improve the quality of academic programs, and to achieve the university's mission in accordance with the strategic plan.

Six Steps of Academic Program Assessment

Step 1: Define Student Learning Outcomes-Specific statements of what the student will know, be able to do, or value upon successfully completing the Program.

Step 2: Identify Learning Opportunities (Curricular Map) - How well does the curriculum address the learning outcomes?

Step 3: Determine Methods - Which methods will be used to understand how well the program is working and to determine whether students are achieving the learning intended? Decide on a schedule for collection and analysis of information.

Step 4: Set Criteria - Establish the level of expected student performance.

Step 5: Collect and Analyze - Examine the information collected and evaluate results against program expectations

Step 6: Use the Results ("Close the loop")- How is the information used to make program improvements?