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Plan and Report Guidelines and Other Information

Examples of Learning Outcome Statements

Student learning outcomes should:

  • Use active verbs to clearly state what STUDENTS will know and / or understand and be able to do with that knowledge or understanding when they complete their program (credit: University of Nebraska-Lincoln PEARL).
  • Align with the mission and goals of the department, college, and institution.
  • Be meaningful and manageable (credit: Bresciani).
  • Communicate clearly with a variety of audiences the learning that is expected of students participating in the program.

AAIC Policy

"OSU requires that all academic programs conduct Program Outcomes Assessment to comply with the assessment mandates of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association (NCA – the accrediting organization). Each academic unit is required to have an assessment plan on file with the Office of University Assessment and Testing that describes expected student learning outcomes for each degree program and the methods used to evaluate those outcomes.

Using Assessment Results

Each Assessment Plan should include strategies for using the assessment results to improve the program. It is important to develop a clear strategy for sharing and acting on assessment results. Many programs have found success by scheduling an annual meeting (perhaps at a department or program retreat) where assessment results are shared and possible improvements are considered. Many programs also share and discuss results with the program curriculum committee on a regular basis. Some departments and programs have developed assessment committees that oversee assessment and develop recommendations for improvement.