We are in the process of revising our program outcomes and curriculum. In looking at the curriculum map template given me, I see we are to have both program goals and program outcomes. Our documents are rather a mess and we have different goals and outcomes listed for our program differently in various handbooks and publications. I am able to write the outcomes without difficulty utilizing QSEN, NLN, our program philosophy, etc. However, I am having a problem with the goals.... I have looked in my Billings & Halstead book, but it doesn't differentiate the two. I have tried looking on-line for examples from other associate degree programs and have looked for hours without much meat to work with. Do any of you have examples of program goals or at least a clear description of the difference between program goals and program outcomes? I know that outcomes are to be what the graduate can do upon completion of the program... and should be measurable. But what about goals?
Any help is greatly appreciated.