“Program Learning Outcomes focuses on the knowledge, skills, and abilities graduates from particular programs are expected to possess.”(HLC Systems Portfolio Structure, Subcategory Two: Program Learning Outcomes).

Curriculum Mapping

Note: We are explicitly separating the course evaluation process (using CLOs) from the program evaluation process (using PLOs).  While CLOs may still be used to support PLOs, all CLOs do not have to be included in a program’s curriculum map.

Summary: Programs will create a curriculum map indicating the points in the program at which evidence will be collected to assess student progress toward meeting program-level student learning outcomes (institutionally abbreviated as “PLO”).

Justification: Curriculum mapping will facilitate departmental review of programs for coherence and quality and will contribute to Southeast meeting the accreditation criteria of the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Important Dates:

  • June 1, 2016: Complete Stage 1; PLOs should be submitted to the Director of Assessment.
  • December 21, 2016: Complete Stage 2; Program curriculum maps due