Learning Outcomes Assessment

The goal of the learning outcomes assessment process is to use assessment evidence to improve student learning and ensure students are graduating with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for success in their future careers or studies.

Learning outcomes assessment is required by the University and by our regional accrediting body, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, because it is a powerful strategy for producing graduates who meet the expectations of a program. Our goal is to provide guidance that will result in, assessment activities that are meaningful and useful to all stakeholders.

The role of the Learning Outcomes Assessment (LOA) team within the Office of Planning and Assessment (OPA) is to partner with faculty and administrators at all levels of the University to oversee and support assessment activities for undergraduate and graduate degrees, certificates, and General Education. LOA also supports undergraduate disciplinary and multi-campus programs in their efforts to align programs taught at multiple Penn State locations.

For more information, one-on-one consultations, facilitation, presentations and customized workshops tailored to the needs of campuses, colleges or degree programs, contact loa@psu.edu or your LOA Liaison.