Guide to OBE
Developing a Programme Learning Outcomes Assessment Plan

(4) How the Data Will be Collected
(6) How the Data Will be Disseminated and Used for Improvement
A Step-by-Step Guide to Developing Your Programme LOAP
Criteria for Success

What is expected or required?

  • State how the data collected will be interpreted, including the criteria to be used for judging your programmeˇ¦s effectiveness in achieving each of the intended learning outcomes.
  • If you would like to see an example of this, please refer to Note 5 in Appendix 3.
  • It is necessary to state clearly the criteria and standard to be used for judging the extent to which the programme has succeeded in achieving its intended outcomes. Without specific criteria for success, this can become a meaningless data collection exercise.
Useful References
  • For programme learning outcomes assessment purposes it is sufficient to have broad categories of measurement rather than very precise measurement of the performance of each individual student, for example:

    • Student's performance far exceeded the required/ expected standard.
    • Student's performance basically met the required/ expected standard.
    • Student's performance was at a level below the required/expected standard
  • The criteria should be determined and agreed upon by the programme team, taking into consideration the views of the external stakeholders.
  • Think of ways to benchmark the outcomes assessment results with appropriate internal/external standard.
  • It is important to recognize that you do not necessarily need to expect 100% of your students to be able to achieve the intended learning outcomes - there is always going to be some variations in the quality of student intake, graduates' aspirations and measurement errors.