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Develop Goals and Outcomes

Program Educational Goals

Program Educational Goals are broad and general statements that provide a framework for more specific learning outcomes. They specify the broad educational goals of the program, such as graduating students who are prepared for the workplace or producing competent researchers capable of contributing to the field. The following are examples of the type of broad statements that are appropriate for Program Educational Goals:

  • Our goal is to foster students’ development of competence as scientists, researchers, and scholars, including their knowledge of the ways in which practice influences science.
  • Our goal is to provide students with a background that allows and encourages those who are qualified to pursue advanced technical and professional degrees.
  • Our goal is to develop in our majors the abilities to think and express themselves effectively in formulating and exploring positions on topics within and beyond the discipline.

Program Learning Outcomes

Generally, programs have three to seven outcomes that they assess on a cyclical basis. Program Learning Outcomes illustrate what the unit hopes to accomplish in offering their degree to students and describe the specific knowledge, skills, abilities, and values that graduates should possess upon completion of the degree. The statements should be concise descriptions of the impact the program will have on its students.

The resources below will help you develop learning outcomes for your programs that are appropriate for the level of education and that use measurable language.