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 12, 2014
Reminder: Spring 2014 Assessment Progress Reporting forms are open and ready for use. If you have completed any assessment activities this semester for your service, course, or program (such as reviewing data from Fall 2013), jump in now and record your work. Avoid the end-of-semester rush. This message is especially relevant to STUDENT AND ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICE UNITS that might conduct assessments independent of semester breaks.
For those participating in GE-Area A and E coordinated course SLO assessments, please be sure to report this semester on the methods you used to assess your students. But feel free to take Fall semester to conduct your data review and analysis.
Slow and steady. We don't have to do everything in one semester. Just keep moving forward! Goal: assess each SLO for every course and program and service at least once every 3 years. How's your progress?
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.