Learning Outcomes and Assessment
City College strives to create a culture where outcomes assessment continually improves the quality of student learning and institutional effectiveness. Members of each department and program engage each other in the development and assessment of outcomes. Dialogue within and amongst departments and programs moves the college forward to meet the evolving needs of our students through instruction, curricula, programs, and services.
Outcomes are developed and assessments take place for the following areas:
- Student Learning Outcomes (for courses, instructional programs, counseling, and workshops)
- Student Service Outcomes (for additional services provided to students, such as transcript procurement, registration, and financial aid)
- Admininstrative Unit Outcomes (for services provided to faculty, staff, vendors, external organizations, etc. to produce an environment of learning for our students)
March 5, 2014
Are you “Tuning” your outcomes? The concept of ‘Tuning” is gaining traction in the U.S. Educational circles. At CCSF, we see identifiable aspects of this process when departments or units use Advisory Boards. In the March issue of SLO Highlights read how the Broadcast Electronic Media Arts Department recently, after a successful advisory board session, honed learning outcomes and crafted an exciting new curriculum program.
According to Brad C. Philips at the Institute for Evidence Based Change, Tuning as a process [. . . ] by which Tuning work groups identify what students earning a given degree in a given discipline know and are able to do. The process grows from the assumption that faculty, those who know a discipline best, should be the party responsible for determining the discipline’s core. Because other stakeholders have an interest in the discipline, the work groups solicit feedback from them. The work groups document their thinking and revise it based on the feedback."
The five components are to:
- define the discipline core;
- map career pathways;
- consult stakeholders;
- hone core competencies and learning outcomes;
- draft degree specifications.
Visit www.tuningusa.org for more information
Also, read how Honors Coordinator Sami Kudsi brings stakeholders together at Roundtables and Consortiums to both identify and actualize core competency in CCSF’s Honor’s Program.
Need “tuning” or other help, visit the Drop-In Help lab each Tuesday from 1-2 in Cloud 208B or contact Kristina Whalen for Outcome Assessment related queries or workshops.
Feb 26, 2014
It’s not too late to RSVP for tomorrow’s SLO workshop entitled, All Alone? Assessment Strategies for the Single Section Course. The workshop starts at 3:00 Feb 27, in MUB 271. I expect the workshop to last an hour.
How will the new ACCJC standards impact SLO assessment? Come to the faculty forum on March 14, 11-1PM (location TBA) to hear answers from faculty members in attendance at the Accreditation Institute in La Jolla on Feb 7-8. The focus of this joint venture between the ACCJC and the ASCCC was, in part, to kick off the public comment period for the revised standards. Look for details about the sessions in President Teti's emails.
A repeat performance: Insight Assessment Modules. Use Insight to make your assessment data collection far less labor intensive. March 18th, 2:00 in MUB 388. For those that couldn’t make the engaging workshop hosted by Cynthia Dewar and Diana Markham last semester, put it on your calendar now!
As always, the Drop-in Help Lab is open each Tuesday from 1-2 in Cloud 208B. Workshop I host may be repeated at any Center. Contact me for details.
Feb 19, 2014
Due to the high volume of SLO Reporting at CCSF, we knew our current “home grown” system was not a sustainable method for our increasingly vital SLO Reporting. In fact, during the last round of reporting, we began to receive file size errors! For the last year, one of the primary goals of our SLO efforts has been to research the best SLO software package for CCSF, among a competitive market. Most colleges half our size have either implemented TracDat, eLumen, or a similar assessment-activity-reporting system. Our goal was to find a new software that would add extra time-saving functionality (requiring us to input less repetitive information each semester), integrate as seamless as possible with our existing processes (thus not feel like everyone has to learn something totally different), affordably allow us replace our current system and grow upward as we improve our processes, and integrate with our curriculum and course outlines (so we don't have to enter SLO information in a multitude of different places).
After a vigorous vetting process, and taking into consideration other needs across the college, including curriculum development and program review, together with the Office of Instruction and the Research and Planning Office, we chose CurricuNET Meta. With the help of generous donors we were able to purchase the software and begin implementation in January. Progress is happening! Our new software is under build, and our implementation team is ensuring regular steady process. (Our team is headed by Katryn Wiese and combines experts from Instruction, Student Services, Research & Planning, Curriculum, and IT, with faculty, department chairs, SLO Coordinators, and articulation and curriculum experts.)
This software package, when completely installed, will not only help our college community report on assessment activity, but aslo help create, store, and manage course outlines effectively, track SLO assessment progress and synthesize data across programs, AND integrate with annual Program Review reporting.
On February 5th, the implementation team had its first review of the beginning module for the new CCSF CurricuNET software. CurricuNET developers started the build of our new software with a module on creating a new credit course outline. During our review we were able to discuss and refine the functionality, before moving forward with noncredit courses and programs. After the curriculum functionality is completed, we'll add in modules for reporting on student learning outcomes assessment and program review. All of the CCSF staff on the implementation team are VERY excited to see what has been a tedious, exhausting, manual process to date leverage existing technology (and best practices from some of the other 77 California Community Colleges using this software) to streamline and automate much of the process. We'll be saving a lot of time and stress/frustration for a lot of faculty and staff across the college.
Of course we'll also have some growing pains as we implement new technology and deal with the hiccups that always accompany such a task. But we are hopeful everyone will be able to experience the improvements as we move forward.
We are hopeful that the new curriculum module will be live by April, with the SLO module ready by May/June, and the Program Review ready by September of this year.
Fingers crossed and patience in abundance,
Feb 12, 2014
Last call for ILO Data: The SLO Committee will begin to analyze data from the ILO Critical Thinking Coordinated Assessment shortly. In an earlier SLO Updates we asked that all data be submitted by Feb 17th. If you cannot meet this deadline, but have data for the assessment, please alert Kristina Whalen ASAP. We appreciate everyone meeting this important deadline. Data may be submitted in the Spring Progress Report.
SLO Professional Development Session: Feb 27th, 3:00 PM in MUB 271: All Alone?: Assessment strategies for the single section course.
Faculty members Wendy Kaufmyn, Rosario Villasana, Karen Saginor, Lillian Marrujo-Duck, Simon Hanson, Andrea Noisi, Cynthia Dewar, and Kristina Whalen, attended the Accreditation Institute Feb 7-8 in La Jolla, CA. The yearly Institute, sponsored by the Statewide Academic Senate and the ACCJC, was primarily focused on educating the college community about the new (forthcoming) accreditation standards. Chancellor Tyler has asked the attendees to organize forums to share what we learned. We are eager to do so--especially since the public feedback period for the standards is in full swing. Look for more information on these upcoming forums--probably early March.
Accreditation Committee Self-Evaluation
Finally, I'd like to put in one last plea for FACULTY to join the Self-Evaluation being coordinated by the Participatory Governance Accreditation Committee. Administrative and Classified employees have been appointed but several evaluation teams (organized around standards) show missing or scant faculty voices. Here's why this exercise is important:
- We learned from people with Visiting Team experience and from colleagues at the Accreditation Institute that this exercise is a common and helpful mechanism for evaluation.
- New perspectives guard against group think
- Your critical thinking skills will help answer important questions like, "do the actions plans adequately address all aspects of the standards?"
- You should and could have a voice in building the next set of action plans.
If you would like to help build a path forward and prepare us a potential site visit, please contact Gohar Momjian.