Blackboard Outcomes allows us to add goal alignment to an assignment or assessment for the purpose of tracking program outcomes or accreditation standards. Using Blackboard will give your program trackable data to use for program or accreditation reporting, and help your department align your assignments to your standards.  

Adding Alignment to Your Assignment in Blackboard Learn (classic)

Once your assignment has been created, click the drop-down arrow beside the name of the assignment. Click Add Alignments. 

  1. When the Discover Goals box pops up, click Goal Type. Here you will see types of goals: Accreditation Standards, General Education Outcomes, and Program Outcomes. For example, click General Education Outcomes to attach a Gen Ed Outcome to your assignment. 
  2. Choose the goal(s) that align to your assignment. Click Submit. Your goal(s) should now be visible to you under the assignment information.
Faculty Quick Guide

Adding Alignment to Your Assignment in Blackboard Ultra (new)

  1. Go to any Assignment you wish to align to outcomes. In the Assignment Settings menu (right margin), click the Gear icon.
  2. Scroll down to the bottom to select Goals & Standards under Additional Tools.
  3. You will now see the Browse Criteria menu. Select General Education for Goal Set Type.  Select Baccalaureate Degree Profile for Category.  This will narrow the Criteria Summary at the bottom of the page.
  4. Under Criteria Summary, select which outcomes to align and click Submit in the bottom right corner.

See the Faculty Quick Guide for an example of how to align an assignment to the Baccalaureate Degree Profile.

Faculty Quick Guide


Additional Information
If your department is interested in having Program Outcomes or Accreditation Standards available on Blackboard, assessment directors may contact: 

Mary Welch, Instructional Designer



MaryBeth Reynolds, Associate V.P. for Assessment & Quality Initiatives


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