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The Agora


  • Don Berkich

Correspondence: Don Berkich, Department of Humanities, Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi, 6300 Ocean Drive, FC283, Corpus Christi, TX 78412-5814, USA.



Student Learning Outcomes are increasingly de rigueur in US higher education. Usually defined as statements of what students will be able to measurably demonstrate upon completing a course or program, proponents argue that they are essential to objective assessment and quality assurance. Critics contend that Student Learning Outcomes are a misguided attempt to apply corporate quality enhancement schemes to higher education. It is not clear whether faculty should embrace or reject Student Learning Outcomes. With sincere apologies to Plato, this dialogue explores arguments for and against their use.