Changes to Academic Program Learning Outcomes

At UW-Madison, each academic program (degree/major or certificate) is required to articulate, adopt and report student learning outcomes. Academic program student learning outcomes state what students are expected to know or be able to do upon completion of the program. Student learning outcomes should be clear and measurable.

Establishing Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes are established as part of the approval process for new degrees, majors, and certificates and are required by the UW-Madison Plan for the Assessment of Student Learning. Approved learning outcomes are listed in the Guide.

Changes to Learning Outcomes

Starting October 1, 2018, changes to learning outcomes will be processed using the Lumen Program Proposal System. Any changes to learning outcomes require approval of the academic unit (i.e. department) that owns the program. Any changes to learning outcomes be effective for a fall semester and published in the June Guide. Learning Outcomes will need to be Guide ready as they work through the Lumen Programs workflow because the data in Lumen Programs will feed into AEFIS as a flat file, as is. Corrections to spelling, grammar, or clarifications to learning outcomes will not be published outside of the June publication.

Changes to learning outcomes will necessitate corresponding changes in an academic program's assessment plan.

Roles and Responsibilities

After the initial implementation of Lumen Programs, Student Learning Assessment (SLA) and Academic Planning and Institutional Research (APIR) offices received feedback that the learning outcomes approval/roles were confusing. A roles and responsibilities document would better help campus end-users to know who was responsible for what and at which steps of workflow items needed to be reviewed. The Clarification of Guidelines and Roles for Learning Outcomes in Lumen Programs document explains the basic principles for learning outcomes in Lumen Programs and the role of SLA and APIR.

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Keywords:learning goal; approval; guide lo; AEFIS   Doc ID:74550
Owner:Karen M.Group:Courses and Academic Programs
Created:2017-07-11 09:14 CSTUpdated:2020-09-03 10:45 CST
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