Program Educational Objectives and Goals


Goals typically illustrate what you envision your students achieving post-graduation; e.g. graduate school, lifelong learning and discipline related employment.  They may also indicate activities you may engage in with students while they are in your program such as research and publishing.

Goals are differentiated from Student Learning Outcomes in that a Goal/Program Educational Objective is a broad, long-term aspiration whereas a Learning Outcome is a specific measurable expectation about key knowledge, skills, competencies, and attitudes that students will be able to successfully demonstrate prior to graduation.  Goals/Program Educational Objective most often cannot be measured prior to graduation, sometimes they may not be tangible enough to measure at all.  There also may be overlap or strong similarity with the student learning outcomes. 

We are providing samples of the various approaches to setting departmental goals below to share how some departments are approaching their goals.

Examples from UCCS Departments

Game Design and Development, BI  - Prepare students for business activities.  Because the main purpose of our program is to graduate students who form independent game development companies, getting students ready for business environments is a key goal of our program.  Achieving this goal requires that the students explore a number of topics and activities, including (but not limited to) intellectual property, business law, innovation, entrepreneurship, and team participation on real-world projects over extended periods of time.

Mathematics, MS -
Develop a broad view of the potential applications of mathematics involving both interdisciplinary and research related ideas.  Move beyond the technical skill of undergraduate mathematical education into an understanding of the ways the discipline relates to other disciplines.  Students will be able to listen to and contribute to mathematical discussions, including those arising in colloquia, seminars, and conferences.  Students will be able to collaborate within or across disciplines. Students are completing program in a timely manner

Professional Writing Emphasis, Minor - Students should develop into accomplished writers and editors in the field.

Mechanical Engineering, BS - Graduates will be able to use mechanical engineering principles, proficiencies, and technical information to pursue graduate school or engineering careers including but not limited to design, development, project management and technical sales./Graduates will be equipped to pursue continued lifelong growth and development in mechanical engineering including learning and applying NEW engineering processes, tools, and technologies./Graduates will be able to contribute to the state-of-the-art in engineering design, research and problem-solving including consideration of professional responsibilities.

Sociology, BA - Students will have developed a sociological perspective.  That is, they will have an understanding and awareness of its application to social issues and everyday life.

Visual and Performing Arts, BA - Lifelong engagement with the arts; Contribute to community arts world with an informed perspective on visual and performing arts as a professional in the field, an arts supporter, leader or member of an arts organization./Find employment the arts./Pursue graduate study in the arts.

Women's and Ethnic Studies, BA - Work with Multiracial Faculty; to have studied with a multiracial and/or multi-ethnic group of faculty.


Updated Summer, 2016