SMART Guidelines

Specific The outcomes are distinctive to the unit they are assessing. A student outcome specifies what the student will do, obtain, understand, etc.
Measureable Objectives associated with the outcome should be stated in measurable terms. This means that it is feasible to collect accurate and reliable data.
Aggressive but Attainable Outcome should include reasonable stretch targets. (Where would you like the unit to be?).
Results-Oriented A student outcome should focus on student behaviors or responses, not on teaching or academic processes. Other outcomes may focus on program improvement.
Timely The outcome should indicate the time frame for achievement of the outcome (e.g., by graduation, at the end of the first year of the program).

MATT Guidelines

MATURE Guidelines

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Amy Donley
College of Sciences Amy  Donley In any class I teach, I believe that it is essential to engage students and facilitate their ability to be active learners. To accomplish this I use an interactive teaching approach relying on the use of several different teaching methods, as I believe education only occurs when students are thoroughly inv...

Cynthia Hutchinson
College of Education Cynthia      Hutchinson I am a follower of Leo Buscaglia who prefers the term "educator" to "teacher." He explains that "educator" comes from the Latin term, "educare," which means to tend or support the growth of another. That is the role I hope to play in the lives of my students. I am careful to follow A. Bronson Alcott's ...

Jane Waterman
College of Arts and Sciences Jane    Waterman Science is like a mystery novel; one looks for the solutions to puzzles. I try to bring science alive to my classes, to show them that science is always a work in progress and that it is exciting. I think it is important to integrate my own research into the classroom, as research and teaching are synergis...