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Outcome Examples

We have collected the examples below from a variety of academic disciplines. The objectives presented were collected from the Websites of institutions throughout the U.S. and from ASU departments. In some cases, the examples have been revised to make them consistent with the guidelines presented on this page. The presence of an objective on this site should not be interpreted as an endorsement by the University Office of Evaluation and Educational Effectiveness of a particular objective as ideal or even suitable for the associated discipline at ASU. Objectives are provided to illustrate the points made in the guidelines on this page and to provide faculty with ideas as they develop their own objectives.


Students in the BS program will demonstrate the practical application of the methods of anthropological data collection and analysis.

Students in the BS program will apply anthropological theory to the analysis of a linguistic, cultural, or archeological phenomenon.

Students in the BS program will be prepared to enter graduate programs in the field.

Art History

Students in the BA program will analyze and interpret works of art.

Students in the BA will compare levels of technical quality demonstrated in multiple works from the visual arts.


Students in the MS program will demonstrate general competency in organic (or inorganic/analytical/physical) chemistry.

Students in the MS program will demonstrate competence in the collection, interpretation, and communication of chemical research.


Students in the MFA program will create and produce original choreographic work.

Students in the MFA program will direct students in the performance of a choreographic work.


Students in the English program will analyze the historical context and literary period of a specific literary work or author.

Foreign Languages

Students in the (language) program will demonstrate oral fluency.

Students in the (language) program will demonstrate written fluency.

Students in the (language) program will be able to translate five passages of (language), from various authors.

Students in the (language) program will be able to read and summarize/discuss/critique a significant literary text in (language).


Students in the history program will analyze the relationship of geography to the United States and World History.

Students graduating from the history program will apply historical research methods.


Mathematical Association of America Their Supporting Assessment in Undergraduate Mathematics site has many good articles about program assessment. Although the focus is mathematics assessment, the information and many of the assessment strategies are appropriate for any discipline.


Students in the philosophy program will be able to make a plausible argument for a philosophical position and against contradictory alternatives to that position.

Students in the philosophy program are able to compare and contrast the contributions of major philosophers such as Plato, Aristotle, Kant, and Nietzsche.

American Philosophical Association Statement on Outcomes Assessment [PDF, 64 KB] A discussion of the challenges faced by philosophy faculty when assessing program objectives.