Student Learning Outcomes

At The University of Scranton, student learning is assessed at a variety of levels - the course level, program level, and institutional level. Our overall approach to student learning assessment is summarized in the University's Comprehensive Plan for Student Learning Assessment, and specific processes are outlined in a variety of related documents. Contact the Director of the Office of Educational Assessment, or email assessment@scranton.edu, for more information. 

Institutional learning outcomes, or ILOs, are assessed via several methods. Each academic program - including general education - maps its PLOs to the ILOs, and aggregate review of these related program assessments helps tell us how we are doing in meeting our institutional learning outcomes. The University also conducts several surveys of the student body, such as the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), which provides a rich array of data related to the student learning experience. This indirect evidence is useful in monitoring this progress as well. 

Student Learning Outcomes, or SLOs, are developed by each faculty member, and are posted on each course syllabus. Through curriclum maps, each course connects to various program learning outcomes. Faculty regularly assess the learning outcomes for each course, and in many cases, these assessments yield information that can help to assess the program of which the course is part. 

Program learning outcomes, or PLOs, are developed by academic programs and departments within each of the three colleges: the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS), the Kania School of Management (KSOM), and the Panuska College of Professional Studies (PCPS). Student learning outomes are also in place for the University's General Education Program. Co-curricular programs offered by the division of Student Formation and Campus Life also develop and assess learning outcomes. 

Each academic program assessed PLOs on a regular cycle, as described in the University's Comprehensive Plan for Student Learning Assessment, and by the needs of the college assessment plan and related activities - such as program review and external program accreditations - that may occur within that college or program. For information about college-wide assessment and accreditation activities, contact:

College of Arts & Sciences: Ms. Rebecca Haggerty, Assistant Dean for Assessment and Programs

Kania School of Management: Dr. Murli Rajan, Associate Dean

Panuska College of Professional Studies: Mr. Raymond Schwenk, Assistant Dean for Assessment, Communications & Finance 

Student Formation & Campus Life: Dr. Jeff Kegolis, Director of Student Conduct and Assessment 

Student Learning Outcomes Terminology

ILO: Institutional Learning Outcome: what we want graduates of the The University of Scranton to know, do, and value.

PLO: Program Learning Outcome: what we want students to know, do, or value at the completion of their academic program, general education program, or interaction with an organizational unit. 

CLO: Course Learning Outcome: what we want students to know, do, or value at the completion of the course or other learning experience.