Student Learning Outcomes are an important foundation for assuring academic quality. They are also essential to our UAS accreditation. Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) standards state that each course, degree, and program must have identified learning outcomes and that these outcomes must be published.
Student Learning Outcomes make clear what a student is expected to have mastered upon completion of a course or degree. They help faculty colleagues teaching more advanced courses to know what students have learned in foundation courses. Moreover, having published outcomes helps ensure that different sections of the same course—no matter where offered—have the same intended outcomes.
The good news is that at UAS we have specified student learning outcomes for many if not most of our courses, degrees, and programs. But in some instances these need to be updated. In a few others they may not be readily available.
Identifying student learning outcomes falls within the purview of faculty. We invite your involvement and that of your colleagues during the 2014-15 academic year in affirming that we have outcomes for all courses, degrees, and programs and that these are publicly available.