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Create Program Learning Outcomes

Before your program is ready to define its program learning outcomes, we recommend that the faculty spend some time thinking about the discipline’s perspective – Why does your discipline exist? What are the theories, concepts, and methods that define your discipline? How is the discipline the same and/or different today than it was 10 or even 5 years ago? Are there new trends in the discipline? Next, the team refines this disciplinary definition, using collected stakeholder data, which guides the creation of new program learning outcomes. When writing your program learning outcomes, consider the following questions, "What knowledge, skills, and values does an ideal graduate possess?" Keep in mind that program learning outcomes are usually broad and should align with institutional outcomes, as well as accreditation and/or certification requirements. This page offers some resources for creating your measurable program learning outcomes.