Writing Meaningful Student Learning Outcomes
Student learning outcomes are statements that describe what students will know or be able to do or demonstrate as a result of completing courses within a program. All academic, career, technical and health sciences educational programs are responsible for assessing the five core general education competencies and program-specific student learning outcomes.
Student learning objectives should:
|Describe what a students should be able to demonstrate, represent or produce upon completion of a course|
|Directly align with the program curriculum|
|Collaboratively authored and collectively accepted by instructors|
|Be Realistic – Can potentially be achieved by a significant portion of students|
|Be Measurable – Can be quantitatively or qualitatively assessed|
|Be Actionable – Can be used to continually improve the program|
General Education Student Learning Outcomes
The five general education competencies that all programs are responsible for assessing include: critical thinking, mathematical problem solving, oral communication, written communication, and application to technology.
Program-Specific Student Learning Outcomes
The faculty track and evaluate program-specific student learning objectives that are unique to the educational program. The data collected should be used to drive continual improvement and optimize student learning in the course or program.
Reporting Template & Online Student Learning Outcome Submission Form
At the end of the academic year, the MGCCC faculty are asked to submit an Online Student Learning Outcome Form for every instructional program and supply the following pieces of information:
Components of the Student Learning Outcomes Reporting Template
5 General Student Learning Outcome Statements + Program-Specific Statements
- Student Learning Outcome Statement – Each program should report 5 General Education SLO statements + Program-Specific SLO statements
- Expected Outcome
- Assessment Instrument
- Student Type That Was Assessed – Online vs Traditional/Hybrid
- Number of Students Who Were Assessed
- Number of Students Who Successfully Met the Expected Outcome
- Use of Results – Make a meaningful analysis of the data and identify how you are going to use the results to improve student learning outcomes. Assess the extent to which each statement achieves these outcomes and provide evidence of improvement based on the analysis of the results.