Program outcomes state the expected abilities of students at the conclusion of a degree or certificate program. Program outcomes describe what learners will know and be able to do when they successfully complete a program, encompassing combined learning across several courses. 

To write effective program outcomes, consider the following:

  1. How does this program contribute to the development and growth of students?
  2. At the conclusion of this program, what will students know, demonstrate or perform?

Basic format for outcome statements:

1. What students will DO (make it observable and measurable!): articulate, write, compare, define, demonstrate, prove, build, persuade, etc.

2. Using which program tools or knowledge: scientific method, writing process, research skills, statistical analysis, laws of physics, elements of care, etc.

3. To demonstrate knowledge, understanding, skill of program concepts: Renaissance art, the Jazz Age, Modern design, bovine breeding, web-based graphic design, quotient rules, etc.
​Examples:

At the end of this degree program, students will employ the scientific method to identify environmental problems, evaluate problem-solving strategies, and develop science-based solutions.​

At the end of this degree program, students will apply major sociological theories to current research within the discipline.

At the end of this certificate program, students will use their understanding of metallurgy to create appropriate welds on a variety of metals used for different purposes.

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Last Updated: 5/12/2015 10:02 AM