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 OutcomesLearning 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
Any changes to learning outcomes require approval of the academic unit (i.e. department) that owns the program. Following approval, departments use the Changes to Learning Outcomes Memo Template to notify the provost's office (Mo Bischof, and Regina Lowery) of the revised learning outcomes. To use the template, fill in [bracketed] information, save the text on letterhead, and send it to the recipients and the copy list indicated on the template. Changes to learning outcomes will necessitate corresponding changes in an academic program's assessment plan. Certificate programs must also update their implementation form (undergraduate, graduate/professional, and capstone).
The changes will appear in the next Guide update cycle.