program outcomes assessment

Establish Standards and Targets

How will you know that students have met your expectations? Clarify standards and targets to ensure equity and promote consistency QUICK LOOK:
  • Set standard for achievement for each PLO
  • Identify performance targets that will allow program faculty to feel comfortable with results

“Comparison of universities or departments serves curiosity but serves little the managerial or public good. The more valuable assessments are those that are formative, developmental, [and] aimed at ...

WSCUC Standards

"What does WASC want?" QUICK LOOK:
  • Accreditation is a peer-reviewed process intended to continually improve accredited institutions.
  • A primary goal of accreditation is "to assure the public that institutions act with integrity, yield high-quality educational outcomes, and are committed to continuous improvement" (Handbook of Accreditation, p.

Prepare to Assess

Get ready

Sustained and meaningful inquiry about student learning requires preparation.

Answer the following questions prior to beginning program learning outcomes assessment. 

Apply Results

How can we improve? Apply results

Celebrate successes and acknowledge areas in need of improvement.

"Consequential validity posits that assessment must be valid for the purposes for which it is used, consistent with relevant professional standards, and--this is the key point here--that the impacts or consequences of its use should be factors in determining validity" (Hutchings, Kinzie, & Kuh, 2015, P. 41).

Make Sense of Data

We have the data. Now what? Make sense of data

"Collecting data is one thing, but making sense of them is something else. We want to use analytic techniques that are simple, direct, and effective" (Allen, 2004, p. 131).

What can we learn from these results?

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Program Learning Outcomes Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Describe the molecular and structural unity of life, explain how the diversity of living things is generated and perpetuated, and exemplify this diversity among and within life's three domains.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of how genetics, biochemistry and direct observation are used to elucidate cell organization and function.
  • Develop skills in applying quantitative methods to describe, evaluate and model biological processes.
  • Demonstrate the ability to design and execute collection, evaluation And i