The institution's educational offerings display academic content, rigor, and coherence that are appropriate to its higher education mission. The institution identifies student learning goals and objectives, including knowledge and skills, for its educational offerings. -Middle States Standard 11. Educational Offerings
Program Goals: Develop, revise, refine program goals in terms of expected learning outcomes
Program goals are broad statements of what students are expected to learn or achieve by completing the program. Defining program goals provides a focus to the course of study and clarifies the types of student performances that will be assessed.
- The articulation of program goals should be stated in terms of expected learning outcomes. Middle States defines learning outcomes as "clearly articulated written statements, expressed in observable terms, of key learning outcomes: the knowledge, skills and competencies that students are expected to exhibit upon successful completion of a course, academic program, cocurricular program, or general education requirement."
- The interrelationship between institutional, program-level and course-level outcomes should be evident.
- Statements of program outcomes should be available to current and prospective students (e.g., on program websites, in admissions brouchures). Current students will be expected to be familiar with these outcomes.
Questions to Consider:
- What do you expect graduates of your program to know when they complete their degree?
- What do students think is the most important knowledge they have gained from taking courses, majoring, or minoring in this field?
- What do you expect graduates of your program to be able to do when they complete their degree?
- What do students think are the most valuable skills or abilities they have developed from taking courses, majoring, or minoring in this field?
- What are unstated but extant program goals (e.g., required capstones, student presentations, internships, senior thesis)
- How do these goals relate to school and GW goals?
- What do existing school, department, or program mission statements state about program goals?
- How may school and GW goals inform any additional program goals?
- What discipline-specific outcomes are required for accreditation?
- What skills does industry require of new hires from this program?