Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Program learning outcomes are defined in terms of the knowledge, skills, and abilities that students have attained as a result of their involvement in a particular program, degree, certificate or series of learning activities leading to mastery.

For Learning Outcomes purposes, the definition of a Program is as follows:

A program is any area that currently conducts Program Reviews. These areas are directly related to the core competencies, college operations and non-academic services. Programs that should have written LOs are:

  • AA-T/AS-T degree
  • Degrees Certificated programs
  • ALL Programs (cohesive set of courses) vocational and general education
  • Divisional/Departmental
  • Student Services Learning Outcomes (SSLOs)
  • Anyone seeking resources (program review)
  • Proposed Programs

Each of these programs would measure themselves against a minimum of one Institutional Learning Outcome and analyze and make plans within their collective programs.

In the Spring of 2015 the LO Committee approved the cycle of assessment for NEW programs. With the creation(s) of AA-T and AS-T Degrees, Divisions needed time to accurately collect information and discuss the outcomes of the PLOs. Assessment(s) of new programs should be completed within three years that the program is offered.

The current approval process of PLOs is as follows (Approved September 2016):

Step 1: With use of prior assessments for your program (see definition of a program) identify any inconsistencies or unforeseen variables that warrants a modification, deletion or a new PLO.

Step 2: Contact Yvette Ybarra at or extension 3195 to set up a meeting to review any changes of PLOs.

Step 3: Collaborate with faculty in your area to discuss and vote on the modifications, deletions or new PLO.

Step 4: Once the Division or Department has approved the changes please send the PLO spreadsheet to and the LO database will be updated.

The PLO spreadsheet is a tracking tool so the Division or Department can track any changes made to PLOs. This spreadsheet also allows faculty members to connect the ILO with the new or modified PLO.  If you are in the process of developing an AA-T or AS-T Degree, certificate program or substantially changing a program, PLOs will be reviewed during the C&I process.

Programs are required to conduct ongoing cyclical processes every three years, leading to purposeful innovations to improve teaching, learning, and student success. Assessing more than one PLO at a time is strongly recommended.

Complete the following form (Word) to write your assessment and submit completed assessment through Learning Outcomes Database.

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Last updated: 10/3/2016 10:59:39 AM