The Importance of Developing and Implementing Student Learning Outcomes for Continuous Improvement in Higher Education

Last updated on: April 13, 2020

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The Chronicle of Higher Education recently analyzed 30 measures of quality used by the six major university rating systems…

Of the measures, only graduation rates (used by four systems), and a handful of others, measure the output of the university. Furthermore, none of the measures attempt to directly gauge student-learning outcomes. Which begs the question – if the core function of colleges and universities is to foster student learning, how is it that there is no accepted measure of performance that allows students, faculty, employers and the public to understand who’s succeeding in the teaching and learning realm?

The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia (Graduation Task Force Reports to Regents)ii recently summoned the presidents of its 35 colleges and universities to ask them to account for the progress of student learning at their respective institutions…

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