University of Wisconsin–Madison

Student Learning Outcomes

As part of UW-Madison’s academic program approval and review processes, all academic programs are required to articulate, adopt and report on student learning outcomes. This requirement furthers the university’s effort to develop and sustain high-quality academic programs as outlined in the institutional plan for assessing student learning.

Academic Program Student Learning Outcomes

Academic program-level learning outcomes should:

  • Describe what students are expected to know or be able to do upon completion of a program
  • Be clearly stated and measurable
  • Contribute, or map to, the UW-Madison Essential Learning Outcomes (ELOs)
  • Be readily available to students through The Guide
  • Be assessed and reviewed by the faculty on a regular basis

Course-level Student Learning Outcomes

Course-level student learning outcomes should:

  • State what students are expected to know or be able to do upon completion of a specific course
  • Be clearly stated and relate specifically to the topics, assignments, exams and other assessments in the course
  • Be measurable
  • Contribute, or map to, program-level learning outcomes
  • Be outlined in the course syllabus, reviewed with students at the beginning of the course and referenced throughout the duration of the course

Writing Outcomes

Find tips and resources for writing course- and program-level student learning outcomes.

Find Academic Program Outcomes

View student learning outcomes for each UW-Madison undergraduate and graduate academic program in The Guide. Click on the program of your choosing to find its outcomes.