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

April 16, 2014


The new issue SLO Highlights is live! Frisco Day is this Friday. Read how assessment practices in Matriculation have been shaping the approach to this important day of outreach. Also, enjoy a thematic analysis of Highlight submissions from the fall 2013 assessment reports. Not surprising, themes of profesionalism, collaboration, student improvement, and empowerment dominate the entries.

Get it Done Day

On May 16th computer labs around the various campuses and centers will have SLO Committee members on hand to assist, motivate and support you through the assessment report submission process. If you have reports to submit, make it fun and team up with a colleague and Get It Done! More information on labs and times forthcoming. Our goal is to have 70% or more of the reports complete before heading into the bulk of final exams. 

Update on the Alphabet Soup of Assessment

ILOs. Data for the Critical Thinking Institutional Learning Outcome has been compiled and the SLO committee is in the process of interpreting the data and writing a final report. A large portion of the report will cover "mapping" and the problems the committee encountered. The ILO assessment process revealed that appropriate mapping is an area of growth for the college. Second, the wording of the Critical Thinking ILO was quite redundant (and perhaps contributed to mapping errors) and the committee has sent a revision to the Academic Senate. It will be discussed today.

GELOs.  Area E and Area A work groups meet regularly and faculty teaching courses in those areas have been contacted. If you teach an Area A or E class this semester and haven't received instructions, please contact Nathan Steele (Area A) and/or Stephan Johnson (Area E). A separate form for GE Area A & E results is available on the reporting form page. It is short. Hopefully the process of folding assessment results into a common rubric (proficient, developing, no evidence) is becoming comfortable. 

PSLOs. Please remember that you must submit an assessment progress report for all programs as well. At present, only 33% of our programs have closed the loop on assessment. With your diligence, I know we can quickly strengthen those numbers. Need help? I am happy to meet with you or a group of faculty to help plan and chart a timeline for program level assessment. The SLO Impact Report has been completed by the SLO Committee and is heading to the Planning Committee for review. Once vetted, be one the look out for this report as it both celebrates the massive strides we've made toward integrated planning and suggests pathways for future improvements in program review assessment integration. 

SLOs. We continue to see great assessment work at the course level. Keep up the inspiring and fantastic work! The June 2nddeadline is fast approaching.  If you have already completed all the assessment work that can reasonably done this semester (in other words, anything else will occur after grades are due) then please fill out the form now. As many learned in January, these are not soft deadlines. In every session I've held this semester, I've worked with faculty on charting a sustainable assessment calendar. Most recently I've worked with single-sectoin course coordinators. Workshop notes here. If you can't submit the report now, submit it on Get It Done Day

Thanks for your tireless efforts!

Kristina Whalen

SLO Coordnator

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