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Assessment of Learning Outcomes Certificate Program

The Assessment of Learning Outcomes Certificate is designed for faculty, administration and staff members who are or will be either engaged in the assessment of learning outcomes at the course or program level or be responsible for designing, reviewing or coordinating curricular mapping or other academic assessment activities at their campus. The certificate courses focus on the importance of assessment activities in improving teaching and learning. Participants will learn how to develop learning outcomes, to use rubrics and other assessment tools and to identify strategies for using results to improve the academic experience for students and faculty.   The courses will also provide participants with the ability to develop skills to actively contribute to program review, curricular mapping and accreditation projects at their campus.  

Participants must complete a series of three courses which contain various learning activities delivered in an  online format using Blackboard Learn. See details of delivery and activities within each course description. Each course will require approximately 1-3 hours of “outside” course work.

When completing this program, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the guiding principles of student learning assessment to improve teaching and learning and program development.
  • Ability to construct a curricular map and demonstrate an understanding of the implications of curriculum mapping for assessment of learning outcomes.
  • Construct learning outcomes and develop an assessment plan for a course, learning activity, academic major or program.
  • Develop and apply rubrics to assess learning activities (both face to face and online).
  • Identify strategies for using assessment results to improve learning (closing the loop).
  • Coordinate activities related to academic assessment on their campus. 

Program Completion Requirements:

To earn the Assessment of Learning Outcomes Certificate, participants must complete all three courses.

Certificates will be awarded individually to allow participants maximum flexibility in taking what they need and want from the program without being obligated to complete the entire program. 

Current Course Offerings

ALO_Course 1.7: Assessment for Improvement of Teaching and Learning
May 22 - July 2, 2017
Instructor: Cathleen Morreale, University at Buffalo

ALO_Course 2.7: Planning and Implementing an Assessment of Student Learning
August 28 - October 8, 2017
Instructor: Dr. Linda Sturges, SUNY Maritime College

ALO_Course 3.7: Closing the Loop: Using Assessment Results for Improvement
October 9 - November 19, 2017
Instructor: Carol Van Zile-Tamsen, University at Buffalo


CPD Member: $225 per course
SUNY Non-Member:  $275 per course
Other:  $325 per course

SUNY CPD Membership Points can be used to pay for this program. 

To Register, visit the website

Sponsored by the SUNY Center for Professional Development

Questions?  Contact Chris Price,, 585-395-5025

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Using SUNY CPD Points at SUNY Empire State College

SUNY Center for Professional Development “points” for SUNY Empire State College are managed by the Center for Mentoring, Learning and Academic Innovation.  When SUNY Empire faculty and staff select “CPD points” as the method of payment for an event or a course, use of these points requires approval by CMLAI; points are available on a first come, first served basis.  If the annual points allotted to the college have been exhausted, the individual’s home center/office will be responsible for payment.  Please note that registration confirmation does not validate the use of CPD points; official approvals/denials of the use of points are sent to the individual by CMLAI via email.  Associated travel and lodging costs are the responsibility of the individual’s center/office. For more information about CPD points, please visit

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