Program Assessment Plan Template

Program Assessment Plan Template


Name of program, current dean, director or department chair, all contributors and the date of completion


A statement describing the purpose and basic function of the program. Also state the educational philosophy, values, guiding principles all related to the UWLA mission and its Institutional Learning Objectives. This should appear in all publications and web pages describing the program.

Program Learning Objectives

PLOs should reflect the knowledge, skills and attitudes that students will develop during the time they are students taking courses within the outlined program.

Student Learning Outcomes

Outcomes should clearly state what students will do or produce to demonstrate learning within a specific course. Evidence refers to the work that students produce to demonstrate their learning, such as presentations, papers, portfolios, lab results, examinations, performances, etc. Behaviors in the formula should be connected with the appropriate learning level of the course.

Bloom’s Taxonomy is a typical theory used to develop SLOs. Where the lowest level of learning begins with knowledge and ascends to Evaluation.



Skills Activity (Behavior)
Creating: Can the student create a new product or point of view? Assemble, construct, create, design, develop, formulate, write
Evaluating: Can the student Justify a stand or decision? Appraise, argue, select, support, value, evaluate. Defend, judge.
Analyzing: Can the Student distinguish between the different parts? Compare, contrast, criticize, distinguish, examine, experiment, question, test
Applying: Can the student use the information in a new way? Choose, demonstrate, dramatize, employ, illustrate, sketch, schedule, solve, use, write, operate, interpret
Understanding: Can the student explain ideas or concepts? Classify, describe, locate, identify, select, translate, recognize, report, discuss, explain, paraphrase
Remembering: Can the student recall or remember the information? Define, duplicate, recall, repeat, list, memorize,


According to WSCUC:

“In assessment of student learning, a concise statement of what the student should know or be able to do. Well-articulated learning outcomes describe how a student can demonstrate the desired outcome; verbs such as “understand” or “appreciate” are avoided in favor of observable actions, e.g., “identify,” “analyze.” Learning outcomes can be formulated for different levels of aggregation and analysis.” – WASC Glossary

Student Learning Outcomes typically use the following formula:

A successful student will……    +     Behavior     +    Resulting Evidence

Example: School of Law

PLO 1 – Identify and express legal issues. (Issue)

 SLO 4 – Identify the nature of typical constitutional disputes and controversies                                  among the branches of government and typical constitutional challenges to                                    government restrictions on the exercise of individual rights.

Program Learning Objectives aligned with Institutional Learning Objectives

The goals of the academic program need to be aligned to the Institutional Learning Objectives.

uwla_site_assesment_graph3Curriculum Maps (PLOs and SLOs outcomes alignment)

Create a chart summarizing how the Course Learning Outcomes CLOs align with/support achievement of the PLOs.

Key: (Represent the learning opportunity provided in the course content)