Office of Academic Assessment

Program Learning Outcomes

With our roots as the second-oldest teacher’s college in Wisconsin (we grant more teaching licenses than any other university in Wisconsin) and our reputation as a top business school, it’s no surprise that accountingmarketingfinanceelementary education and business are our most popular programs. Other majors in the top 20 include biologycommunicationpsychologyphysical educationcomputer sciencecriminologymanagementsocial workearly childhood educationinformation technologyhuman resources managementEnglishmedia arts and game developmentjournalism and music.

Here is a link to an infographic of majors and degrees offered in University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) represent the knowledge and skills a program has determined are most important for students to acquire - they state what students should know and be able to do after completing the program. SLOs should be specific and measurable so programs can accurately assess how well students have achieved the outcomes.  Programs then use this achievement data to improve their programs and support even greater student success. When programs have specific and measurable SLOs, they can also more clearly align their programs with college and institution mission and values.

Here is a link to Student Learning Outcomes and Assessment Plans for all academic programs:

According to NILOA’s Transparency Framework, Evidence of Student Learning includes results of assessment activities.  This may include evidence from indirect (e.g. surveys) and direct (e.g. portfolio, test, paper, projects) assessment of student learning as well as institutional performance indicators (e.g. licensure pass rate).

(NSSE) National Survey of Student Engagement

(SOAS) Senior Outcomes Assessment Surveys

(FSSE) Faculty Survey of Student Engagement

HERI Diverse Learning Environments Survey 

According to NILOA’s Transparency Framework, Use of Student Learning Evidence represents the extent to which programs and the institution make use of their data.  Evidence of student learning should be used to identify potential changes in policies and practices that may lead to improvement, inform institutional decision-making, identify problems, plan and set goals, guide faculty and staff development, guide course revision and,- program review, and to demonstrate accountability for accreditation self-study.

Here are examples of using student learning evidence at UW-Whitewater:


Office of Academic Assessment
450 Heide Hall 
800 West Main Street 
Whitewater, WI 53190 

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