Utah Tuning Project

  • Randall S. Davies Brigham Young University, United States
  • David Williams Brigham Young University, United States
Keywords: Tuning, learning outcomes, higher education, degree specifications, program development, program evaluation


Tuning is a faculty-driven initiative designed to improve the quality of higher education by establishing transparent and fully assessable learning outcomes and proficiencies for degrees, discipline by discipline. Unlike many other initiatives in the United States which function within an individual institution, the Utah Tuning Project involved all institutes of higher education within the state of Utah. The purpose of this paper is to document the findings from an evaluation of a multiyear project targeting four undergraduate degree programs involved in a tuning initiative. A summary of recommendations and best practices is provided, along with the challenges and benefits to individuals and programs engaged in this process.

Published online: 30 June 2015


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Author Biographies

Randall S. Davies, Brigham Young University, United States

Assistant professor of Instructional Psychology and Technology at Brigham Young University (USA).  He specializes in program evaluation and assessment.  His research focuses on the improvement of teaching and learning process with an emphasis on technology enabled learning. Mail: Randy.Davies@byu.edu

David Williams, Brigham Young University, United States

Professor of Instructional Psychology & Technology at Brigham Young University (USA).  He specializes in program evaluation.  His research focuses on the phenomenon of evaluation in the personal lives of individuals. Mail: David_Williams@byu.edu


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How to Cite
Davies, Randall S., and David Williams. 2015. “Utah Tuning Project”. Tuning Journal for Higher Education 2 (2), 235-51. https://doi.org/10.18543/tjhe-2(2)-2015pp235-251.