Program Learning Outcome Development

Recommended Steps and Resources


1.     Engage discipline faculty in discussion of program characteristics and models of Program Learning Outcome (ProLo) development


Possible discussion points:

·         Program definition

·         Overall goals and expectations for students

·         Articulation of program requirements with the General Education pattern, transfer institution expectations, industry needs, accreditation standards, etc.



·         Program Learning Outcomes: Strategies and Tools (SCC Flex ‘06)


·         Guidelines for Program Assessment – St. Cloud University


·         Bakersfield Community College Program Assessment Guide



2.     Examine how assessment efforts can be (or already are) a critical tool in the clarification, assessment and achievement of program goals.



·         AAHE Principles of Assessment


·         SCC SLO Philosophy Statement


·         Cal State, San Bernandino: Assessment Plans by department.



3.     Utilize models and tools to begin developing and writing ProLos


·         Locate external resources (See examples in Step 4 below)

·         Identify and use internal, course-level outcome information.



·         Program Learning Outcomes: Strategies and Tools (SCC Flex ‘06)


·         ProLo development guides and templates (SCC curriculum committee)


Instructions for developing ProLos from degree course outcomes


Matrix for alignment of ProLos with degree courses


·         Bloom’s taxonomy (3 domains)


1.      Examples of Program Learning Outcomes across disciplines


·         SCC Programs with ProLos specified in Socrates


·         Mission College


·         West Valley College


·         CSU Campus Assessment resources: Links to SLO assessment sites at most CSUs. See sites for information on ProLos from various departments.


·         Cal State San Bernardino: Assessment plans by department


·         Various 4-year and professional organization sources