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)
Important Reminder: Make sure that you have located, reset (if needed), or requested your CCSF google mail username and password for the Fall 2013 progress reports.
SLO Coordinator help and tech support is not available over the holiday. Last help lab is Monday, December 9, 1-2 pm in S 37.
Lots of professional development activities related to assessment are approaching. If you'd like some fresh ideas, a chance to dialogue with colleagues, or some clarity about assessment techniques, data collection, analysis, mapping, and assessment scheduling, please check out these opportunities:
December 9th from 2-3 pm in MU 398. Learn more about how to use the grading options in the upgraded version of Insight. Specifically, how to set up advanced grading for assignments by using rubrics and marking guides. Examples of each will be demonstrated.
Presenters: Diana Markham & Cynthia Dewar
Jan 9, FLEX Workshops
Using CATs (Course Assessment Techniques) in the Classroom.This session will explain CATs and share techniques. Attendees will leave with knowledge of how to implement several CAT practices that will allow meaningful adjustments to classroom instruction so as to better ensure students are meeting outcomes.
Presenter: Geisce Ly, Dean of Downtown Center
Mapping Assessments: In this hands-on workshop you will map your current assessments to SLOs in one of your courses. From there we will discuss strategies for documenting assessment of SLOs once every three years. Resources for mapping and rubrics for documentation/easy data collection will be provided. Time permitting, we will dialogue about making connections between SLO documentation and student achievement data. **Bring one syllabus listing your course SLOs and the assessments/assignments you use in class.
Presenter: Tracy Burt, Faculty CDEV; MIP Coordinator
Program-Level Assessment Strategies. This session will demystify program-level assessment by describing several data collection techniques, approaches, as well as data analysis at the program level.
Presenter Nick Akinkuoye, AVC of Academic Affairs--School Deans
Collegewide Dialogue Continued. This session will explain the two kinds of institutional level assessments used at CCSF (ILOs and GELOs) and provide participants with an overview of recently collected college-wide data, a chance to shape thinking about action plans related to learning trends across the college, and how members of the college community may participate in a "deep" assessment.
Presenters: Kristina Whalen and Katryn Wiese
As always, thanks for your incredible commitment to student learning.
Kristina Whalen and Katryn Wiese
Before heading into the Thanksgiving holiday, please take the time to look over the Fall 2013 Assessment Progress report form. If you have already completed all the assessment work for this semester, consider filling out the report as soon as possible. Here is a FAQ on the fall 2013 reports.
With a deadline of Jan 2nd, do you expect faculty and staff to work during the break?
There is no expectation that you have to work during the break. The deadline for the reports is also the deadline for submission of final grades. Just like grades, most of us like to have them completed and off our plate before the end of the final exam period. As a courtesy to those that may feel pressured by that timeline, the college has long established a final deadline for grades in January. The Assessment Progress Reports extend that same courtesy. Hopefully, almost all reports will be submitted by December 19th.
Wouldn't it better to allow faculty time at the beginning of the next semester to discuss the work they did in the fall before they submit the fall reports?
We have done this in the past but realized a "next semester" deadline for a "previous semester" report has problems. First, it treats the progress reports more as an assignment deadline than a snapshot of the work your unit completed during the semester. Second, it is not accurate. If your faculty get together to discuss data and improvements at the beginning of the semester then it is work done during that semester, not the semester previous. It should be included on the next progress report.
Is the reporting form different?
The reporting form will look very familiar. After the SLO Committee analyzed the reports from August, we changed, and hopefully improved, the form. A few questions have been added; others deleted. Consider looking over the word document of the form before starting to complete the form.
Do I still need a user name and password?
Yes! You still need the username and password to a CCSF google mail account. Find your password well before you sit down to complete the report. This username and password will allow the submitter to edit the report later if needed. If you don't yet have a username/password or forgot your password, see the instructions for more information.
Where do I report the Critical Thinking ILO results for my program?
The Fall 2013 Assessment Progress Report will prompt program coordinators to input ILO results, if they are available. If data results will not be ready until spring, those results will be gathered then and the SLO Coordinator will contact you. You will only get a prompt for the ILO page if you check the box indicating the data was analyzed and discussed. All program coordinators should have established a rubric for how they define Proficient, Developing, and No Evidence and had conversations with faculty before entering those data (Fall Progress Report or Spring Progress Report). See instructions for more information.
Who needs to fill out a report?
Reports are due for every course, program, service program, and administrative unit on campus. Multiple instructors on the same course should coordinate with the course coordinator, or establish a course coordinator, so that multiple reports for the same course do not overwrite each other. Program/service/unit coordinators should be established for each program, service, or unit. Your direct supervisors are responsible for ensuring everyone completes these important and required reports on time.
Are these reports important?
Yes! They are an accreditation standard that we must meet. More importantly, they are a useful tool that CCSF employees are using to chart a path for the best educational experience for our students. Our Summary Report for Spring 2013 included many examples of the rich processes these reports capture. One said, "A feeling of camaraderie and an environment of collegiality was very evident early on. The more we engaged in the process, the more social it became, and the more academically enlightening." Be sure to make these reports valuable and useful for you and your ongoing efforts for course and program review and improvement.
Thank you for your contribution to our success in this process.
More questions? Come to our weekly drop-in help sessions, Mondays from 1-2 pm in Science 37. Or drop us an email.
Kristina Whalen & Katryn Wiese
CCSF SLO Coordinators