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Changes to Academic Program Learning Outcomes
At UW-Madison, each academic program 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.
Learning outcomes are established as part of the approval process for degrees, majors, and certificates. Approved learning outcomes are listed in the Guide. Any changes to learning outcomes require approval of the academic unit (i.e. department) that owns the program and school or college approval. Schools and Colleges will notify the provost's office (Mo Bischof and Jocelyn Milner) and the Graduate School (Marty Gustafson, graduate programs only) when changes to learning outcomes are approved. The changes will appear in the next Guide update cycle.
Changes to learning outcomes will necessitate corresponding changes in an academic program's assessment plan.
A Changes to Learning Outcomes Memo Template is available for Schools and Colleges. To use the template, fill in [bracketed] information, save the text on school/college letterhead, and send it to the recipients and the copy list indicated on the template.