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Outcomes Programs

Programs are owned by Units and represent defined courses of study that have specific goals associated with them. A Program is defined at the system or Unit level and can represent a degree, a subject major, a subject minor, a certificate, a certification, or any other measurable achievement as defined by the institution.

Programs are made up of collections of Courses and Educational Experiences. These Courses and Educational Experiences may have pre-requisites, co-requisites, and other criteria. Course and Educational Experiences in a Program are associated with goals that are based on what the expected outcomes a student achieves upon completion of the program. For example, a Major in Visual Arts is a program that is associated with 10 courses in the Visual Arts Department. Each course has a set of goals for students. These goals taken together provide students with the means of obtaining the goals for the program, one such goal being “Visual Literacy as demonstrated by a portfolio of critical reviews of master works of art.” As another example, a Bachelor of Science degree is a program associated with more than 300 courses in the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Engineering, and its goals are set by defining the number of credit hours and level of courses students must take to fulfill the requirements for the degree.

After it has been added to the system, each Program has its own homepage. The homepage for a Program becomes the location from which Program features can be accessed. Reporting and program management also occur from the Program homepage.

Adding a Program

Programs can be added manually or they can be batch added from the Administrator Panel or from any Unit. Programs that are made Public appear to all users on their list pages. Programs that are not public appear only to the users in the owning Unit.

The information required for defining the creation of new Programs 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’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 Programs within a Unit can be modified so that columns can be added, removed or reordered. The header of the columns can be renamed as well. Use modifications to display the most useful information to users working in the application.