Student Learning Outcomes should:

  • Include active-verb description of specific point or task that students will accomplish or reach
  • Be specific and measurable
  • Be part of a degree program assessment plan that includes no less than three (3) specific statements of student learning
  • Relate to college and university level learning outcomes

Suggested structure: Graduates of this program will be able to (specific skill or competency).

Developing Outcomes – use the following template when constructing a learning outcome:

[Target population] will [cognitive action verb] [context specific action]

Target Population Examples:

  • Programs: Graduates of _(degree)_in _(program)_ will…
  • Courses: Students who complete _(course)_ will…

Cognitive Action Verbs: References to Bloom’s taxonomy verbs  

Context Specific Action:

  • Keep specific to the program or course – a topic/concept students would not be able to learn, value or gain skill without this specific educational experience  

For more information, download this Program Learning Outcomes Quick Guide