Programs offered at an institution can be classified and labeled in many ways, undergraduate, graduate, continuing education, and certificate to name a few, but all programs have certain Goals they wish to achieve over a period of time. Goals can be set for graduation rates, enrollment and retention rates, and employment status. Goals can also be set for learning outcomes such as demonstrated ability in critical thinking, expository writing, and mathematical analysis. Programs have a variety of Goals that are part of the cycle of continuous improvement that Outcomes Assessment facilitates.
After Outcomes Assessment Program Level Goals have been set and added, they can be associated with instruments to measure the level of achievement. Program Level Goals can also be associated with Rubrics and Curriculum Maps to evaluate any criteria and performance indicators for the Goal and see which courses within the Program support the Goal and to what degree that support is classified.
Program Level Goals can be aligned with other Goals in the system to analyze how they contribute to the achievements of other programs and the institution as a whole.
The information required for defining the creation of new Program Level Goals within an institution is determined by the institution and is controlled by a configurable form available in the Template Builder located on the Administrator Panel. Depending on the individual requirements of a Program Level Goal’s definition, data collection fields that reflect the types of data desired can be added. To learn more, see Configuring the Outcomes Environment.
The list page that displays all the Program Level Goals can be modified so that columns can be added, removed or reordered. The header of the columns can be renamed as well. These modifications display the most useful information to users working in the application.
Program Level Goals are created within a Program using the Features menu. Program Level Goals can be added manually or they can be batch added. Goals that are made Public appear to all users on their list pages. Goals that are not public appear only to the users in the owning place.
Program Level Goals are not accessible from the Unit Home page so users cannot see a list of all Goals for all Programs in a Unit. This is done by using Reporting.
Program Level Goals can be edited manually or by using a batch process. Edit a Program Level Goal to change the Goal’s properties such as its name, attachments, start or end dates. Edit a Goal to view and manage the alignments of other Goals in the system, or to associate a Rubric to the Goal.
To remove a Program Level Goal, select the goal and click Remove. Any alignments and associations for that goal are lost, but the associated Rubrics and aligned goals remain in the system.
Unit Managers can add, remove, and change the order of the columns, as well as change the column headers. Removing a column does nothing to the data. It simply removes it from the list page. Changing the column header does not impact the field label on the form. Customized list pages display the same information for all users accessing the Unit.