Office of Assessment and Accreditation

Writing Student Learning Outcomes

Here are some examples of student learning outcome statements that meet UNCG’s standards. The program in which it has been used is indicated, but that should not restrict their usefulness to other programs.

These are good examples because they meet the fundamental expectations of a student learning outcome statement. They define the learning that students will have upon completion of their program, using verbs that are “concise written statement of knowledge, skills and values” and that “are not open to interpretation.” (Banta and Palomba, 69) They align with the mission of the program. They are measurable, and they focus on a single outcome.

For other programs, the examples here can be adapted, or they can simply suggest ways to examine learning. We’ve also provided the student work used to assess learning of each outcome, for your information.


Students demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of major theoretical perspectives in family studies and human development by being able to compare and contrast various theoretical ideas.

Students apply essential aspects of research methods and statistics to the examination of research hypotheses.
  • - Major course paper used for evaluation for each HDFS outcome

Students identify health behaviors and educational needs of diverse populations.
  • - Reflection paper used for evaluation

Students interpret current research and its application to clinical practice in chronic disease
  • - Paper with literature review is used for evaluation

Graduating students will be able to use theory to support practice decisions.
  • - Integrative project (paper, poster and presentation) used for evaluation


more School of Health and Human Sciences examples (click to expand)

    KIN (BS)
    Students will be competent in identifying the causes of common orthopedic pathologies.
    • - Written examinations are used for evaluation

more Bryan School examples (click to expand)

    ISOM (BS) IS
    Students will be able to design and implement a rational database.
    • - Test question requiring students to design a database used for evaluation

    FIN (BS)
    Students will be able to utilize various financial measures to analyze the overall financial health and operating efficiency of the firm.
    • - Series of assignments used for evaluation

more Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering examples (click to expand)

    JSNN (PhD)
    Graduating students will design research hypotheses, experiments, and analyses.
    • - Doctoral dissertation used for evaluation

more College of Arts and Sciences examples (click to expand)

    Master of Arts in Liberal Studies
    Students will defend an interpretation of abstract or concrete concepts using supporting documentation.
    • - Portfolios are used for evaluation

    Computer Science (BS)
    Students will function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal.

    Upon completion of the program the student should be able to
    1. understand the principles of effective teamwork,
    2. define and assign team tasks/roles,
    3. actively participate in group activities,
    4. collectively make decisions,
    5. support other team members, and
    6. fulfill individual roles and team objectives
    • - “Team definition” section of the senior project for evaluation, along with student and alumni surveys.

    History (MA)
    Students will be able to comprehend and distinguish between different schools of historical methodology.
    • - Paper written for a colloquium used for evaluation

    Philosophy (BA)
    Students are expected to demonstrate that they can effectively apply philosophical theories to particular problems of everyday life.
    • - Papers, oral presentations, and exams used for evaluation

    Psychology (BA)
    Students will acquire the ability to use appropriate software for data analysis and graphic presentation of data-based research findings.
    • - Portfolios used for evaluation

    Religion (BA)
    Students critically apply major theories of religion to specific religious traditions.
    • - Written critical evaluation(s) and oral presentations used for evaluation

    Media Studies (BA)
    Students will apply primary theories, themes, and information relevant to the creation, consumption, and regulation of media.
    • - Variety of student work products including papers, presentations, practica, and other oral, written, visual works used for evaluation

    Sociology (MA) Criminology
    Students will present a clear and well-written and theoretically informed analysis of a topic relevant to criminology, deviance or social control.
    • - Thesis or internship paper used for evaluation

    Creative Writing (MFA)
    Students will demonstrate professional expertise through a polished collection of fiction or poetry that combines originality with a demonstrated understanding of style and structure.
    • - Thesis project used for evaluation

more College of Visual and Performing Arts examples (click to expand)

    Dance (BA)
    Graduating dance students will achieve competency in intermediate dance techniques.
    • - Demonstration of technique in classes used for evaluation

    Drama (BFA) Technical Production
    Students solve design and/or technical production challenges in order to execute the public performance of theatrical events.
    • - Practica are used for evaluation

    Music Education (MM)
    Students have a deep knowledge of the subjects they teach and understanding of curriculum theory and development.
    • - Portfolios used for evaluation

more School of Nursing examples (click to expand)

    Nursing (BSN)
    Students will demonstrate nursing knowledge and skills related to promotion of wellness and treatment of illness, disease, and dysfunction.
    • - Comprehensive health assessment and final paper used for evaluation

    Nursing (MSN)
    Students will demonstrate competence to practice in a specialty area in nursing administration, nursing education, nurse anesthesia, or as a nurse practitioner.
    • - Practica, journals, surveys, and certification rates used for evaluation