Discipline to program outcomes

COCCs system of instructional assessment is focused on the program and degree level; we assess CTE program learning outcomes on a regular basis and uses results to improve student learning. However, some CTE programs share program outcomes with a parent or related program, or across a group of programs. Since an important purpose of outcomes is to create clarity for both students, faculty, and external stakeholders of the expected learning and achievement of a program, it is important for each program to have specific learning outcomes.

To develop specific program-level outcomes from discipline-level or general outcomes, you may benefit from considering four different approaches.

New outcomes

One approach involves starting over with outcome development, and in the process delineating each individual program variation. This is a recommended direction if the existing outcomes are not current, measurable, or useful. For example, a large number of outcomes for a program may be outdated and these granular, competency-style outcomes may need to be replaced.

Subsets of outcomes (stackable)

In this approach, you begin with the identified outcomes for the base program and then identify a subset that are appropriate to a related certificates or an AAS option. For example, if the AAS degree has 6 outcomes, a related certificate might have 4 of them.

Levels of outcomes

Another way to distinguish one program from another similar program is to use specific language in the outcome that implies a lower or more advanced level of achievement. Using Blooms taxonomy of learning domains is helpful here. For example, a certificate may have a lower-order outcome such as identify the major elements of a business plan while the degree may have a higher-order outcome such as design a business plan to meet industry standards.

Combination of the above

Finally, you may combine the approaches to come up with a direction that suits your needs. For example, you may identify several subset outcomes from a primary degree, change the verb in one to differentiate the two degrees, and create a new outcome.