Student learning outcomes

Student learning outcomes (SLO) are the key component of an assessment plan.  These are concise statements that indicate the knowledge, skills, and abilities that students in a program are expected to demonstrate during pre-determined points of their studies, as well as at the conclusion of their studies.

A description of SLOs, as well as guidelines for composing them, is included on the SLO style sheet, and many assessment coordinators also rely on Bloom's Taxonomy of Action Verbs to develop the language of their learning outcomes.  It is important to realize that an SLO is distinct from a course objective or goal.