UMD has distinct institutional student learning goals and outcomes for undergraduate programs (curricular and co-curricular) and graduate programs.

The Undergraduate Student Learning Outcome Framework shows how the Liberal Education Program, academic degree programs, certificate programs, and co-curricular programs map across the campus SLOs based on curricular and co-curricular definitions, characteristics, and expectations. Each undergraduate curricular and co-curricular program determines when its program learning outcomes (PLOs) will be assessed in a 3-year assessment cycle.

Each graduate program will have one or more program learning goals in alignment with each Graduate Student Learning Goal Category. Each program learning goal will have one or more program learning outcomes. All graduate programs use the same schedule for program learning outcome assessment reports.

  • 2019-20: Goal Category 2 (new 3-year cycle begins)
  • 2020-21: Goal Categories 1 and 3
  • 2021-22: Goal Categories 4 and 5

UMD’s institutional student learning goals and outcomes are scaffolded into program assessment, as every program learning outcome (PLO) must be assigned to one of the campus learning goals or outcomes. PLOs are further scaffolded into assessment specific to the educational experiences comprising the programs, such as courses, capstone portfolios, theses, and student support (e.g., advising).

PLOs and assessment details are provided on every program’s assessment plan. All PLOs must be assessed and reported at least one time during each assessment cycle. Programs use their assessment data to inform program-level changes impacting teaching and learning within their programs.

Each curricular and co-curricular program assesses and reports on their PLOs for the campus learning goals and outcomes through the Campus Assessment Data Form. The campus Assessment Office then aggregates the form data at the institutional level for the UMD Assessment Subcommittee, which prepares and distributes annual Campus Learning Goals and Outcomes Reports. Campus-level administrative and governance committees review these reports and can use the data to inform decisions affecting student learning and assessment. 

The table below summarizes UMD’s schedule in which data for specific institutional student learning goals and outcomes are aggregated from program data for campus-level reports. Every annual Campus Learning Goals and Outcomes Report includes data for the preceding 3-year period to encompass a full assessment cycle (e.g., the fall 2019 report includes assessment data for academic years 2016-17, 2017-18, and 2018-19).

Campus Learning Goals and Outcomes Report Dates

Undergraduate Outcomes Reported

Graduate Learning Goals Reported

Fall 2019 | 2022 | 2025

1, 2, 3

4, 5

Fall 2020 | 2023 | 2026

4, 7, 8


Fall 2021 | 2024 | 2027

5, 6, 9

1, 3


Due to the large size of the Liberal Education Program, the data from these courses are collected and compiled separately from the Campus Learning Goals and Outcomes Report. The Liberal Education Subcommittee within the UMD governance structure completes and distributes the assessment reports for this program on an annual basis for additional consideration within discussions and decisions of student learning for the campus.