Learning Outcomes and Assessment

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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)

Updates from the SLO Coordinator

March 20, 2014

As those of you learned if you attended the Accreditation Institute Forum last Friday, California colleges are asked to set institutional standards for achievement. The ACCJC Annual Report asks colleges to report on these "set standards" for transfer, course and program completion. In an effort to include as many voices as possible in the selection of these standards, the Assessment Planning Team, a working group under the Planning Participatory Governance committee, will meet Tuesday, March 25 from 11-12PM in MUB 140. The meeting will be task driven but is open to all. Please come if you are able. 

March 16, 2014

Please join Cynthia Dewar and Diana Markham for a repeat of the wildly popular workshop on the Insight Assessment Module. The workshop is this Tuesday, March 18th, at 2:00 PM in MUB 388.

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. 

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?

Kristina Whalen
SLO Coordinator