Establishing the Outcome-Based Education Framework
- Programs can greatly benefit by laying a foundation for the accreditation process by completing the Self-Study Table for Key Element I-A at the very start of the process.
- Please note that each Student Learning Outcome (SLO) needs to have-selected targets on specific measures of student competencies.
- Measures should be unique to each SLO.
- For Key Element I-A, the use of grades is not a recommended assessment measure for student learning outcomes. Assessment Measures must align with the glossary definition in Standards Version 12.5. In Standards V12.5, the definition for Assessment Measure is "used to determine student achievement of professional competencies, is an evaluative tool for determining student progress toward and attainment of a specific outcome such as an identified knowledge, skill, or disposition. Assessment measures typically are embedded in assessment mechanisms such as examinations, written or oral presentations, skill-based demonstrations, or direct observation of student functioning. An assessment measure includes identification of the competency being evaluated and descriptions of achievement that describe progress and final outcome. The structure of an assessment measure must make the expected learning clear to the student being assessed, the evaluator completing the assessment, and reviewers making use of the assessment data. Examples include scores on specific examination topics (MFT theories section on Comprehensive Exam), project rubrics (specific rubrics scoring identified competencies in a Capstone project), and behavior-based observational scales (supervision evaluation)."
- For Key Element I-C, programs need to have a mechanism in place to evaluate the program’s diverse and inclusive learning environment. The data from this mechanism needs to be documented and analyzed in order to be fed back into the program.
Mapping of the Key Elements in the Standards:
- Plan for collecting and analyzing Graduate Achievement Data (GAD) is provided in Key Element I-B. The GAD are presented and discussed in Key Element IV-A.
- Plan for assessing the outcome-based education framework including student learning outcomes (SLOs) is provided in Key Element I-B. Student learning outcome data are presented and discussed in Key Element IV-B.
- Plan for assessing Environmental Supports is provided in Key Element I-C. Results of the Environmental Support review process are reported and discussed in Key Element IV-C.
- Label Appendices and supporting documents using specific page numbers when needed and/or hotlinks to direct reviewers to required evidence
- Examples of supporting evidence for each Standard are identified in the Self-Study Training Resource
- Ensure that meetings minutes are taken to use as evidence of discussion, changes, improvements.
- Check your links before submitting! If a link doesn’t work, the Commission can’t review and will mark the key element as deficient.