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In May 2007, the Faculty Senate approved seven student learning outcomes that define what undergraduate students, regardless of major, will be able to do when they leave the University of Minnesota. At the time of receiving a bachelor's degree, students:
These learning outcomes articulate a set of institutional values and guidelines for course and curriculum development. They also provide students with a language for reflecting on their undergraduate education and talking about it with others. It can be useful, then, to include which students learning outcomes your particular course meets on your syllabus.
Faculty sometimes use the words "goals" and "objectives" to mean something very similar to "student outcomes." They are all ways to provide students with a clear statement of what they will gain as a result of the course.
The following pages provide examples you may find useful as you begin to align your syllabus with the new student learning outcomes. For more, see the Provost's Coucil for Enhancing Student Learning Web site at http://academic.umn.edu/provost/teaching/cesl.html.