Smart Goals: How the Application of Smart Goals can Contribute to Achievement of Student Learning Outcomes

K. Blaine Lawlor


This paper provides a discussion of SMART goals and how the utilization of a SMART goals spreadsheet within the classroom can enhance student learning outcomes. The authors conducted a comparison of Management Fundamental classes from 2010 to 2011 on a major project required for the class to determine if students can improve their performances by requiring them to utilize SMART goals early in the semester. Early results indicate that this proposal may be true. This paper first reviews the history of SMART goals and then provides an example on how teachers can utilize the tool within the classroom setting to improve student learning outcomes.

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