While we encourage developing eight to 12 program outcomes, it might be necessary to define each outcome at a deeper level. Consider the following example:
"Integrate evidence-based practice to design and implement a research project."
Alone, the preceding outcome is not specific enough to measure whether the student has fulfilled the requirement.
By providing additional information, the outcome is clearer and more easily measured. Using the Research Skills Development Framework, the outcome was modified as follows.
Integrate evidence-based practice to execute a student-initiated research project.
- Articulate suitable research questions within structured guidelines to address the student-generated thesis statement
- Critically evaluate information and its sources to review the literature related to the research questions
- Execute an appropriate research methodology to answer the research questions
- Present results, discussion and conclusions using the language of the discipline through appropriate media for the selected audience
Feedback from faculty, staff, students, and other stakeholders can be used to develop this next layer of the outcomes.