CALO Committee for Assessment of Learning Outcomes
Assessment The word "assessment" has a variety of meanings within higher education (e.g., “institutional assessment,” “curricular and program assessment,” “course and learner-centered assessment"). Therefore, for the purposes of this resource guide “assessment” is considered as the systematic collection and analysis of information to improve student learning.
To Assess "To assess" derives from the Latin verb "assidere," to sit by (originally, as an assistant-judge in the context of taxes). Hence, in "assessment of learning" we "sit with the learner," and that implies that it is something that we do with and for our students rather than to them.
Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) describe the measurable knowledge, skills, abilities, or behaviors that faculty want students to be able to demonstrate by the time they graduate. These PLOs should be discipline specific and include competencies considered critical to the field of study.
University Learning Outcomes (ULOs) University Learning Outcomes (ULOs) are what students should know, understand, and be able to do in order to be an educated person and to meet the demands that the future will place on them, the demands of the complex, diverse, and globally interdependent world of the 21st century. They are cross-cutting skills; they are addressed both within courses and across the curriculum. UAFS has 6 ULOS: Analytical Skills; Communication Skills; Ethics; Global and Cultural Perspectives; Quantitative Reasoning; and Technological Skills.


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