2013 Fall Updates

December 18

Starting tomorrow, I will be assuming the primary role as SLO Coordinator for the college. Katryn Wiese's herculean efforts as SLO Coordinator created processes and resources that put us on a sustained and continous pathway to improved student learning (and accreditation!). She is now eager to resume her departmental responsibilities in Earth Sciences. She writes, “I am gratefully relinquishing the role of primary SLO Coordinator to Kristina Whalen, though I will continue to work with her in spring as technical support. I am confident that she will continue to lead us toward positive conversations and processes that bring all divisions and employees of the college together in a shared vision of supporting our college mission of continued excellence in student learning.

As a community, we would be remiss if we didn’t pause to reflect on Katryn’s leadership, achievements, and ability to pilot change. The following is just a few of the many campus leaders expressing gratitude:

“The leadership Katryn has shown in working with faculty as the SLO Coordinator is, I believe, one of the primary reasons CCSF has made such great progress on SLO’s.  She has been the face of SLO development for the college and in meeting this accreditation requirement and we all owe her a big thank you for her hard work.”

--Robert Agrella, Special Trustee

"In her role of SLO coordinator Katryn has manifested great generosity in sharing knowledge and expertise -- and isn't that the essence of teaching? Even before CCSF was put on Show Cause, Katryn had been sharing her developing understanding of SLOs. Before she was drafted to serve as our formal coordinator, she was giving up large swaths of her own time to support college-wide work. As coordinator, she continued to give more than she will ever be compensated for. I've been told that the best way to thank a teacher is to make good use of what was learned, so let us give Katryn our deepest thanks, not just with heartfelt words, but by continuing and improving our own SLO work."

--Karen Saginor, Librarian

"Special thanks to Katryn for all you have done.  You took a process started in a little way by the DCC - and built it into a college-wide process that may well be the key to full accreditation once again. You put up with important questions, idiotic questions, repeat questions - all with grace and patience. Thanks for all you have done."

--Darlene Alioto, Department Chair Council President

"Katryn single handedly changed the culture of assessment at CCSF. She provided not just her expertise, but she has the ability to tap into the best qualities in all of us - to remind us what we know and how best to share it. As a result, we have become better counselors, teachers, administrators, and staff. I think her belief in each of us along with her knowledge, generosity, and kindness has made CCSF a much better learning environment for everyone."

--Kathleen Mitchell, Counselor/Instructor

"Katryn's passion and drive to serve CCSF's student is evident in everything she does -- from inspiring and rallying the college community to focus on student learning outcomes, highlighting best practices and models within the institution, creating a learning environment for us to ensure that in all matters the College focuses on improvement so that our students get the best of what CCSF has to offer!  Your work is the cornerstone of CCSF and I thank you!"

--Gohar Momjian, Associate Vice Chancellor of Institutional Development

"Thank you, Katryn, for the amazing leadership and force of change you have been for the college, the SLO process, and in helping update the natural sciences general education outcomes.  Working with you and learning from you has made me a better leader and instructor."

--Chantilly Apollon, Faculty

"When I look back over the last year, I am amazed by and grateful for how much City College accomplished through Katryn’s leadership on outcomes assessment.  Her truly indelible mark on me, however, comes from her clear and unwavering focus on improving student learning and College services.  Thank you for your hard work, Katryn – and thank you for reminding me to be inspired."

--Pam Mery, Dean of Institutional Effectiveness

"Thank you Katryn for working so hard and taking the leadership risks that were needed to get the entire college moving!  You are the best."

--Diana Markham, Faculty

"Katryn, you are one of a kind, and will not be easily replaced. You move so quickly all the time and your brain clicks so fast.  It’s so hard to catch up with you. All your hard work on SLO will be remembered here at CCSF." 

--Judy Seto, Management Assistant

"How appropriate that the force of nature that is Katryn should want to return to the Earth Sciences Department. Once this crisis has passed, if any one person can be said to have won CCSF's re-accreditation, it will be Katryn."

Fred Teti, Academic Senate President

Thank you, Katryn!

Kristina Whalen

SLO Coordinator

December 11

Results and recommendations are available for the coordinated GE-Area C Spring 2013 assessment. Please review the report and contribute to the ongoing discussions of the SLO Committee, Planning Committee, Assessment Planning Team, and Academic Senate Executive Council.

Congratulations! We are ALL getting used to the process of completing SLO progress reports at the end of each semester. Based on the reports already in, it's clear that people know where to find the forms, how to complete them, and how to see the results. Thank you all! Results are available through department/unit assessment web pages. For those who haven't yet completed the forms, please remember to do so before the end of this semester! (Click here to get to the reports.) Report only on what's been done for Fall 2013.

Based on feedback about departmental and unit workflow, in early January, when the spring semester starts, we will close the Fall 2013 reports and make the Spring 2014 reports available at the same time. With access to end-of-the-semester forms at the beginning of the semster, departments and units can easily keep track of progress made during the first month of the semester, at FLEX events and department meetings, and incorporate activity into Spring progress reports. 

Onward!

Kristina Whalen

SLO Coordinator

December 4

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

SLO Coordinators

November 20

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 ProficientDeveloping, 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

November 13

Assessment work on the campus has been vibrant and robust—and now recognized by the ACCJC! On October 30th, a Feed Back Memo on the College Status Report on SLO Implementation, prepared at the request of the SLO Coordinators and Gohar Momjian, arrived at the college from the ACCJC. Using a 1-5 scale and based on the report provided to the ACCJC in March, CCSF’s overall score was 3.42. This score places CCSF into the category of Proficiency, and in many areas “solidly meeting expectation of standard.” News to really celebrate is the top score of 5 given to the SLO Implementation work of student services!  

The SLO Scorecard has been updated on the Outcomes and Assessment page for your review. This Scorecard provides all the evaluations provided to the college for the following areas: 1. Placement of authentic assessments; 2. Institutional dialog; 3. Decision-making based on SLO work; 4. Resource allocation based on assessment; 5. SLO reporting; 6. SLO alignment with degree outcomes; 7. Student awareness of outcomes, and more.

Alongside the evaluations by the ACCJC (based on last spring’s progress report), the SLO Coordinators have provided our evaluation of how those scores may have improved since March.

In the report, two areas were ranked lower than the Proficiency earning score of 3. Krista Johns, Vice President of Policy of Planning for the ACCJC, conferenced with SLO Coordinators and ALO Momjian to elaborate and clarify those scores so that we have assurances that the path forward will correct these deficiencies. Notes of that conference are provided on the Scorecard.

It is clear that our work has been strong. The assessment work done to improve the educational experience for our students is remarkable and inspiring. Thank you for continuing to be some of the best educators in the State!

Kristina Whalen and Katryn Wiese

SLO Coordinators

November 6

As mentioned last Friday, the new version of the biannual assessment progress reports is now available online. They are due by January 2nd for all courses, programs, and services. As a progress report, coordinators should understand these reports as summaries of work completed, NOT a requirement to do last-minute work. If no work was completed, just tell us your plans for the next semester. We hope this clarification will provide assurance that SLO reporting is a sustainable process.

We have added a few new questions to give us a better idea of assessment progress across the college. We have removed other questions to compensate. However, you will all need to gather additional information this reporting cycle before submitting your forms, including:

  • Official outcomes location online (web address)
  • Number of outcomes assessed to date
  • Number of outcomes unassessed to date
  • Current assessment cycles/frequency (how often are you assessing)
  • AND... if you are an instructional or counseling program reporting on ILO#1 results, you will need to have the data available (though for many of these programs, you will be able to report on these results in Spring).

Please remember that these reports are an essential way to maintain momentum in outcomes assessment, which is why we ask everyone to check in on their progress twice a year. They are also a requirement for our accreditation, and one for which we must demonstrate our continued commitment and follow through. As we will discuss more in next week's email, these centralized reports are an area in which we have been found deficient in the past and thus must make a regular part of our ongoing processes for the future.

We are working right now to identify and fund the purchase of a new reporting software that will replace the home-grown Google Forms reporting that we use right now. It is our hope that we will have that program online by the end of Spring, so it will be ready for the next reporting cycle. We also hope to upload into this software much of the information you enter into the current reports. The new software will roll out to be as similar to the current system as possible, but will be more robust, user-friendly and sustainable than the current system, and have room to expand as needed to meet our needs.

RECOMMENDATION: you have 2 months from now to complete these progress reports. We recommend everyone jump in right away and get started. Explore the form. Enter some preliminary information. You can always follow the link in your email copy to return later to edit and complete the report before you leave for vacation at the end of the semester. And share the load!

Want help?
Come to our weekly drop-in help sessions -- 1-2 pm in S37, and our Friday Brown Bag Lunches -- 12-1 pm in S37. This Friday's topic:

Completing the Fall Assessment Progress Reports

Thanks all for your continued support of this process. We have come so far. We just have to keep moving forward...

Kristina Whalen and Katryn Wiese
SLO Coordinators

November 1st

Take a look at our now-published November Highlights  (read more about outcomes-assessment highlights from Fashion and Library Information Technology and Disabled Students Programs and Services).

REMINDER: Attend today's brown bag lunch -- noon to 1 pm in Science 37 -- to learn ways to manage your SLO workload and make it more sustainable and manageable for the long haul!

Also now available: Fall 2013 Assessment Progress Reporting forms

Onward!

Kristina Whalen and Katryn Wiese
SLO Coordinators

  

October 30th

Looking for ways to manage your workload and make it sustainable?

We have a number of tips for making outcomes assessment in the classroom integrate with the work you're already doing (instead of adding more). Let us help.

Our Friday Brown Bag lunch, Nov 1st, 12-1 pm in S 37 will review some time-saving tips to help, especially ways to use already existing assessments.

CCSF has seen a huge culture shift on assessment, but some still note that assessments are time consuming. These instructors want more time for their students. Assessment and student interaction are not mutually exclusive. If you feel drained by conducting assessments, let us help. Like an Energy Audit of your home, SLO Coordinators can meet with course or program coordinators, go over your assessment practices,  and make suggestions for how you might reconfigure your assessments so they are meaningful, "energy efficient," and elegant.

How to get help? Attend Friday's brown bag. Come to a Monday drop-in session (1-2 pm in S27). Email Kristina Whalen to set up an appointment. As with ALL teaching tasks, our work can take up as much time as we let it. (If all we taught was one class, we could still let it eat up 100% of our time.) Solutions exist. Let us help.

Meanwhile, we are still looking for volunteers to sign up for the Areas A and E workgroups for General Education Outcomes Assessment. These assessments are required for our accreditation, and here's an opportunity for faculty to volunteer to take on some of the workload. We need your help! (More information online.)

Hopeful,

Kristina Whalen and Katryn Wiese
SLO Coordinators

  

October 23rd

Volunteers wanted for GE-Area A workgroup and GE-Area E workgroup

Spring 2014, we will be conducting a coordinated assessment of all general education outcomes within GE-Areas A and E. To assist with this process, we are right now forming two workgroups whose tasks will be to:

  • Fall 2013: Develop/refine rubric to simplify collation of data among multiple instructors.
  • Fall 2013: Develop instructions and examples to go to all instructors of Area C-assessed courses explaining how to use rubric at end of semester and reminding them that they will enter their information into end-of-semester progress reporting forms.
  • Fall 2013 and Spring 2014: Review existing mapping data for Area A or E and consider refinements/gaps/next steps.
  • Fall 2013 and Spring 2014: Review outcomes and refine as necessary to ensure continued value and appropriateness.
  • Fall 2014: Review completed end-of-semester progress reports and summarize, analyze, and report on results
  • Fall 2014: Facilitate college-wide discussion of the results and suggested next steps
  • Fall 2014: Complete a final evaluation report on the results and the process

If you’d like to volunteer, please email Kristina Whalen with your interest, department, and availability.

Please note that we cannot accommodate everyone’s schedule, but those who are interested and can’t make the final scheduled meeting times can continue to participate through email.

Thank you for your consideration! We need your help.

Kristina Whalen and Katryn Wiese
SLO Coordinators

More details:

Area A: communication and Analytical thinking requirement

Upon completion of this coursework, a student will be able to:

  1. use the principles and application of language toward logical thought
  2. demonstrate clear and precise expression
  3. critically evaluate communications in whatever symbol system the student uses

To satisfy the graduation requirement in Communication and Analytical Thinking, the student must complete at least three semester units from the following courses.

  • American Sign Language 1A, 1B
  • Biotechnology 108A
  • Broadcast Electronic Media Arts 101
  • Business English 74, 76
  • Business Mathematics 66, 68
  • Chemistry 17
  • Child Development 108A, 108B
  • Chinese 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 4A, 4B, 10A, 10B, 10C, 10D, 12A, 12B, 12C, 14A, 14B, 14C, 16, 17, 22, 31A, 31B
  • Computer Networking and Information Technology 131, 132
  • Computer Science 100, 101,110A, 111A, 112A, 113A, 130A, 131A, 132A, 150A, 151A, 155A, 183A
  • Design 110
  • Economics 5
  • Engineering 38
  • Engineering Technology 50, 108A, 108B
  • English as a Second Language 79
  • French 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 10A, 10B, 10C, 10D, 10E, 11A, 11B, 21, 22
  • German 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 4A, 4B, 10A, 10B, 10C, 10D, 11A, 11B
  • Interdisciplinary Studies 50
  • Italian 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 4A, 4B, 10A, 10B, 10C, 10D, 15A, 15B
  • Japanese 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 4A, 4B, 10A, 10B, 10C, 10D, 16
  • Journalism 19, 26
  • Labor and Community Studies 76A
  • Learning Assistance 50, 60, 61*, 62*
  • Library Information Technology 51
  • Mathematics 40, 50, 55, 60, 70, 75, 80, 90, 92, 95, 97, 100A, 110A
  • Microcomputer Applications for Business 160
  • Multimedia Studies Program 125
  • Music 3A, 29
  • Philosophy 2, 4, 12A, 40
  • Pilipino 1, 2, 10A, 10B, 10C
  • Psychology 5
  • Russian 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 10A, 10B, 10C, 10D, 15A, 15B, 20, 21, 21A, 21B, 22, 22A, 22B
  • Spanish 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 5, 5S, 7, 10A, 10B, 10C, 10D, 31, 31A, 31B, 32
  • Speech 1A, 3, 4, 6, 11, 12, 20
  • Supervision and Business Management 234
  • *Only partially satisfies number of units required for this area

 

Area E: Humanities requirement

Upon completion of this coursework, a student will be able to:

  1. exhibit an understanding of the ways in which people through the ages in various cultures have created art
  2. demonstrate an aesthetic understanding
  3. make informed value judgments
  4. create an example of linguistic expression or philosophical reasoning
  5. contribute to the disciplines of fine and performing arts and analytical or creative writing

To satisfy the graduation requirement in the Humanities, the student must complete at least three semester units from the following courses.

  • African American Studies 35, 50, 51, 55
  • American Civilization 11A, 11B
  • Architecture 31A, 31B, 32
  • Art 101 through 109, 116, 118, 123, 124, 125A, 126, 130A, 140A, 146A, 160A, 170A, 180A
  • Asian American Studies 6, 10, 20, 30
  • Asian Studies 11, 12
  • Broadcast Electronic Media Arts 103, 106
  • Chinese 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 4A, 4B, 10A, 10B, 10C, 10D, 12A, 12B, 12C, 14A, 14B, 14C, 16, 17, 22, 29A, 29B, 31A, 31B, 39, 49
  • Cinema 18, 20A, 20B, 21, 22, 23A
  • Classics 35
  • Dance 30, 32
  • Design 101, 105, 110
  • English 20, 30B, 32A/34A, 32B/34B, 36, 37, 41, 43, 44A, 44B, 48J, 48O, 49J, 49O, 50, 55, 56A, 56B, 56C, 57, 58A, 60
  • Fashion 23
  • French 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 10A, 10B, 10C, 10D, 10E, 11A, 11B, 21, 22, 41, 42
  • German 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 4A, 4B, 10A, 10B, 10C, 10D, 11A, 11B
  • Graphic Communications 21
  • History 3A, 3B, 4A, 4B, 15A, 15B, 18A, 18B, 20, 31, 32, 34, 35A, 35B, 37, 48
  • Humanities 7, 8, 11, 12, 20, 25, 35, 41A, 41B, 48
  • Interdisciplinary Studies 4, 14, 23, 27A, 27B, 29, 30, 36, 38, 42, 44, 46, 47, 70
  • Interior Design 138
  • Italian 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 4A, 4B, 10A, 10B, 10C, 10D, 15A, 15B
  • Japanese 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 4A, 4B, 10A, 10B, 10C, 16, 39, 49
  • Labor and Community Studies 93A, 104A
  • Latin American and Latino/a Studies 1, 14
  • Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender Studies 11, 12, 15, 18, 20, 25, 55, 77
  • Music 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D, 21, 22A, 22B, 22C, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27A, 27C, 27R, 2850
  • Philippine Studies 30
  • Philosophy 2, 4, 25A, 25C
  • Photography 50A, 50B
  • Pilipino 1, 2, 10A, 10B, 10C, 39A, 39B
  • Russian 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 10A, 10B, 10C, 10D, 15A, 15B, 20, 21, 21A, 21B, 22, 22A, 22B, 39A, 39B, 41
  • Spanish 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 5, 5S, 7, 10A, 10B, 10C, 10D, 31A, 31B, 32, 41
  • Speech 5, 37, 38
  • Theatre Arts 30, 31, 32, 150, 152, 163
  • Women’s Studies 10, 20

  

October 16, 2013

Summary and evaluation reports are in for the August 31st reporting forms. Also an update to the Annual Assessment Plan. All three reports will be discussed as informational items at upcoming Academic Senate Executive Council and Participatory Governance Planning Committee meetings. To provide feedback, please email the SLO Coordinators. Enjoy!

Upcoming Events:

Professional Development--Brown Bag Lunch Series

Join SLO Coordinators every Friday (12-1PM) as we informally, yet productively, explore topics related to Outcomes Assessment. Bring your “brown bag” to Science 37 for an engaging hour of sharing knowledge, sharing resources, and sharing lunch.

  • Friday, October 18 TOPIC: Assessment cycles -- choosing the one that works best for you and is both valuable and sustainable

SLO Committee

Want to work on a committee that is project based and highly productive? Join the SLO Committee -- open to everyone who wants to help with ongoing efforts: Next meeting:Monday, October 21st -- Science 9 -- 2-3:30 pm.

Onward!

Kristina Whalen and Katryn Wiese
SLO Coordinators

October 7, 2013

ILO Assessment. Are you a course instructor with a Critical Thinking SLO?  Is your program part of Fall 2013 ILO assessment? Did you answer “yes!” to the first question and “I don’t know” to second? Don’t be in the dark any longer. If you teach a course with a critical thinking SLO, find out if you are participating in the ILO assessment by doing any or all of the following : 1) Find the answer in your Spring 2013 Program Reports for your department (located on your department’s SLO webpage—every department has one!) 2) ask your Program Coordinator or Department Chair 3)  Ask Kristina Whalen, your SLO/ILO Assessment Coordinator.  

Upcoming events:

Monday, October 7th, 2-3:30 in S9, SLO Committee Meeting.

Friday, October 18 ,12-1 in S 37, SLO Brown Bag Lunch TOPIC: Assessment Cycles. How often should I Assess SLO/PSLO/AUOs?

SLO Coordinators

Kristina Whalen and Katryn Wiese

October 1, 2013

Outcome Assessment October Highlights

In this month’s installment of HIGHLIGHTS, the Culinary Art and Hospitality program provides a model of how departments start creating a culture of intentionality with the wise use of faculty retreats, impeccably defined assessment processes, and regular staff meetings.

Faculty member Chantilly Apollon shares her reflections on using the rubric developed as part of the General Education Natural Sciences Area Assessment in Spring 2013 and how it helped her coordinate efforts and results across multiple instructors and sections for the same course.

Finally, Police Chief Andre Barnes demonstrates how the Public Safety Office has used Administrative Unit Outcomes to assess, report, work to identify gaps, and implement improvements.

Professional Development--Brown Bag Lunch Series

Join SLO Coordinators every Friday (12-1PM) as we informally, yet productively, explore topics related to Outcomes Assessment. Bring your “brown bag” to Science 37 for an engaging hour of sharing knowledge, sharing resources, and sharing lunch.

  • Friday, October 4th TOPIC: Assessing your program to be part of the Fall 2013 ILO #1 assessment -- Critical Thinking and Information Competency -- What's involved? How will you report results?
  • Friday, October 18 TOPIC: Assessment cycles -- choosing the one that works best for you and is both valuable and sustainable
  • Friday October 25 TOPIC:Techniques and rubrics for assessing performances, presentations, works of art, and other creative or demonstrative work.

SLO Committee

Want to work on a committee that is project based and highly productive? Join the SLO Committee -- open to everyone who wants to help with ongoing efforts: Next meeting: Monday, October 7th -- Science 9 -- 2-3:30 pm.

Kristina Whalen and Katryn Wiese
SLO Coordinators

September 26

The September 17th FLEX event on Accreditation was held last Tuesday. Over 450 evaluations were received after the event, filled with ideas to share with presenters and college leaders and input on the GE-Area C results. The median satisfaction score was 8 out of 10. Division/School meetings received the highest satisfaction ratings, followed by concurrent sessions, and then the opening session. A report on the event, including a summary of shared ideas and input is now available here: Sept. 17 FLEX Evaluation Report. CRN numbers are available on the event web page for faculty tracking FLEX attendance.

Thank you to EVERYONE who volunteered and helped make the day work. We couldn't have done it without you. And thanks to all who jumped in and embraced the goals of the day -- meeting new people and learning how ongoing efforts at the college affect different units.

Upcoming events:

  • Friday October 4th 12-1 pm in Science 37
    Part of the Fall 2013 Brown-Bag Lunch Trainings on SLOs and related topics
    TOPIC: Assessing your program to be part of the Fall 2013 ILO #1 assessment -- Critical Thinking and Information Competency -- What's involved? How will you report results?
  • SLO Committee meetings -- open to everyone who wants to help with ongoing efforts: Monday, October 7th -- Science 9 -- 2-3:30 pm

Thank you all for your efforts towards assessing outcomes across the college and using those data to effect program improvements.

Onward!

Kristina Whalen and Katryn Wiese
SLO Coordinators

September 17, 18, and 19

Thanks for your participation and discussion in Tuesday's college-wide FLEX event on accreditation. We would love to hear your ideas and reflections. Even if you have nothing to share, please fill out our evaluation form to indicate the sessions you attended (so we can get an accurate attendance headcount). Thank you!

EVALUATION FORM: https://docs.google.com/a/mail.ccsf.edu/forms/d/1vwLYuVJ7eFgOu6BT1lxfzyIns-R40ZGU4pCm7PAKXGY/viewform

Presentations from the opening session and some of the concurrent sessions are now posted on the event web page.

Additional presentations and summaries will be posted online within the next week or two including a summary of ideas shared through the evaluation form.

Thanks!

Kristina Whalen and Katryn Wiese
SLO Coordinator

  

September 16 -- FAQ on  9/17!

Q: What’s the purpose of the 9/17 FLEX DAY?

A: The purpose is to generate robust dialogue and positive solutions to our accreditation issues. The day is designed so that people have a chance to learn about accreditation challenges in areas of the college they feel they know little about.

Q: The opening session is being webcast. Can’t I watch it from my office or home computer?

A: The opening session is where the dialogue begins! We need people together in the same spot for maximum interaction.

Q: Where do I go?

A: Between 8:00-8:45 Diego Rivera is the place to be. Complimentary breakfast proceeds the opening session. When Diego Rivera fills, make your way to one of the six overflow rooms. Overflow rooms are assigned based on last digit of employee ID number.

  • VART 114 (employee number ends in 0 to 1)
  • VART 115  (employee number ends in 2 or 3)
  • Rosenberg 304  (employee number ends in 4)
  • Rosenberg 305  (employee number ends in 5)
  • Science 100 (employee number ends in 6 or 7)
  • Science 136  (employee number ends in 8 or 9)

Choose a session at 11:00AM that you feel you know little about.

At 1:00 PM, you should be with your school or division. See agenda for room details.

Q: Am I required to attend?

A: Everyone is required to attend. Some exceptions exist and some office with be staffed during the sessions. See the FLEX Guidelines.

Q: Will food be provided?

A: A light breakfast and afternoon cookie snack are provided. Employees are encourage to bring a lunch or ask your dean for guidance.

Q: Besides lunch, do I need to bring anything else?

A: You need a pen or pencil, something to write on, and a positive outlook.

Are you ready? (More details on 9/17 web page.)

Kristina Whalen and Katryn Wiese
SLO Coordinators

  

September 10

Next steps for outcomes assessment at CCSF? PROGRAM REVIEW and ongoing ILO #1 assessment!

Program Review: The annual program review process is in progress this Fall. Here's something EVERY program can get started on today. Review your outcomes-assessment data and activities over the past year (2012-2013) and summarize those to answer the following Program Review question:

Summarize overall departmental/program improvements implemented, in progress, or under consideration as a result of the assessment of learning, service, and/or administrative unit outcomes. (Be sure to reference the data/reports that underlie these new directions.)

And consider that if you plan to ask for resources this year in your Program Review (time, positions, budgets, software, instruments, etc.), you'll want to link those requests back to what your assessment data show. Start working on that now.

Fall 2013 ILO #1 assessment: stay tuned for more details in our next email. This ongoing assessment affects nearly every program undergoing assessment this Fall. (Find more on our Fall 2013 ILO assessment website.)

Need help? Drop-in SLO help lab -- Mondays 1-2 pm in Science 37.

Our momentum is excellent. Let's keep directing it forward sustainably and thoughtfully.

Kristina Whalen & Katryn Wiese
SLO Coordinators

September 6

We need your help! This month and this semester, the SLO Committee has a LOT of work to do reporting on the Aug. 31 reports, coordinating the 9/17 FLEX event, and coordinating ongoing ILO and GEO assessments. Many hands make the work lighter and more manageable. Faculty and staff of all classifications, heed our cry for help and step up. We need you.

Next meeting: Monday 9/9 from 2-3:30 pm in S37.

UPCOMING EVENT:

September 17th: ALL-college ALL-day FLEX event:
POSITIVE PATHWAYS TO ACCREDITATION: COLLEGE-WIDE ROBUST DIALOGUE

  • This event is for EVERYONE! All faculty and all staff, except those who have to remain in their offices as a skeleton crew.
  • Evening Session has been added for evening instructors: 7-9 pm in MUB 140.
  • Come prepared: 
    • Please bring with you a writing utensil, a hard surface on which to write, and a willingness to take notes and share ideas!
    • Make sure you know the room to which you've been assigned for the main event.
      • Location: Diego Rivera Theatre -- (audience: first come first served -- must arrive before 8:45 am) + rooms:
      • VART 114 (Facilitators: Nathan Steele + Anna-Lisa Helmy) -- (audience: employee number ends in 0 to 1)
      • VART 115 (Facilitators: Lindy McKnight + Simon Hanson) -- (audience: employee number ends in 2 or 3)
      • Rosenberg 304 (Facilitators: Doug Love + Sheri Miraglia) -- (audience: employee number ends in 4)
      • Rosenberg 305 (Facilitators: Sami Kudsi + Andrea Niosi) -- (audience: employee number ends in 5)
      • Science 100 (Facilitators: Hitesh Soneji + Diana Markham) -- (audience: employee number ends in 6 or 7)
      • Science 136  (Facilitators: Roger King + Sam Bowne) -- (audience: employee number ends in 8 or 9)

Ever onward...

Kristina Whalen & Katryn Wiese
SLO Coordinators

September 5

Just a reminder of a few upcoming events and resources:

  • Need help with semester assessment activities and plans? 
    • Come to the weekly drop-in help sessions Mondays from 1-2 pm in Science 37. Or, Wednesdays 5-6 pm -- MISSION 364 (email Sheri Miraglia if you plan to attend this session)
    • Review SLO/Outcomes Assessment Basics in our online SLO Handbook
    • Learn what others are doing by reviewing our online outcomes-assessment HIGHLIGHTS newsletter.
  • Want to help support ongoing SLO efforts across the college? Join the SLO Committee and help. Next meeting: Monday 9/9 from 2-3:30 pm in S37. Important work for the semester includes facilitating our ongoing assessment of Institutional Learning Outcome #1: Critical Thinking and Information Competency.
  • September 17th: ALL-college ALL-day FLEX event -- agenda now onlinePOSITIVE PATHWAYS TO ACCREDITATION: COLLEGE-WIDE ROBUST DIALOGUE


Clarification of FLEX requirement for faculty: 9/17 is a required FLEX day (it is NOT an independent FLEX day). For more details on your requirement, review the HR guidelines.

Kristina Whalen & Katryn Wiese
SLO Coordinators

   

September 3

The August 31st deadline is past, and everyone responded stupendously! KUDOS ON THE HARD WORK! Look what we accomplished:

  • 93% of instructional programs reported (that's 311!)
  • 94% of courses reported (that's 1642!)
  • 100% of counseling programs reported (23 reports)
  • 93% of student service programs reported (26 reports)
  • 22 reports from Administrative Service Units, Centers, and other Academic Service units that are joining the college-wide effort.

GIVE YOURSELVES A HAND! This reponse was the strongest yet in our ongoing effort to create an outcomes-assessment cultural shift at the college. This accomplishment is the result of hundreds of faculty and staff from all corners of the college pulling together.  Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to meet this deadline and especially to those of you who are working on ensuring your outcomes-assessment efforts are authentic and valuable.

Summary reports of data submitted to date are being compiled right now for college-wide review and analysis.

The next reporting cycle ends on January 31st. Between now and then, please be sure to conduct assessments in as valuable a way as possible for your course or program. A few tips for helping the January 31st reporting go quickly and smoothly:

  • Remember that the biannual reports are SNAPSHOTS of what you've done over the past 6 months. They are not supposed to motivate increased workloads at the last minute. If certain work wasn't done, then it wasn't done. Report that no work was done, and indicate your plans to pick up the work in the following semester. 
  • During the Fall semester, conduct your outcomes-assessment activities and keep notes along the way. Store those notes where you can easily reference them come report time.
  • Write down your reporting username and password! (Store it where you can easily find it -- perhaps in the same location as your outcomes-assessment-activities notes.)
  • Analyzing data? Be sure to set aside time for discussion, whether you're evaluating data from last semester or this semester.
  • Not enough time to do it all? Break up the tasks. Assess one semester. Analyze and discuss data the next. 
  • Teach a course? Coordinate with your SLO Course Coordinator to ensure you're all assessing the same SLO(s). If the course maps to a program, and that program is undergoing assessment this semester, coordinate with the Program Coordinator so you can be a part of the ongoing ILO assessment happening this Fall 2013.
  • Breathe deep -- develop a sustainable process that brings real value to you and your colleagues.

Thanks again everyone. Onward!

Kristina Whalen & Katryn Wiese
SLO Coordinators

Resources and upcoming events:

  • Have questions? Need help? Start now, and come to the weekly drop-in help sessions Mondays from 1-2 pm in Science 37.
  • Review the September HIGHLIGHTS, our online outcomes-assessment newsletter.
  • Want to play a bigger role? Join the SLO Committee and help. Every other Monday from 2-3:30 pm in S37.
  • September 17th: ALL-college ALL-day FLEX event -- agenda now onlinePOSITIVE PATHWAYS TO ACCREDITATION: COLLEGE-WIDE ROBUST DIALOGUE
    Integrating accreditation and student learning, service, and administrative unit outcomes into our regular daily college workings & learning more about what happens in programs across the college

 

August 30

September HIGHLIGHTS, our online newsletter, showcasing great things happening in outcomes assessment across the college is now available. This month, read about these showcased programs: the Math Department, the Visual Media Design Department, and an update on a collaborative learning project between students in Registered Nursing and Radiologic Sciences.

Articles in the works for next month include highlights from Campus Public Safety and Culinary Arts & Hospitality Services.

Upcoming events:

  • One day left to submit the August 31st reports: 
    • Access reporting page for submissions, viewing data, or reviewing instructions.
    • September 1st, we'll compile submitted data for a report to the college.
  • Regular weekly drop-in help sessions
  • September 17th: ALL-college ALL-day FLEX event -- agenda now onlinePOSITIVE PATHWAYS TO ACCREDITATION: COLLEGE-WIDE ROBUST DIALOGUE
    Integrating accreditation and student learning, service, and administrative unit outcomes into our regular daily college workings & learning more about what happens in programs across the college

Onward!

Kristina Whalen and Katryn Wiese
SLO Coordinators

   

August 26th

Out of approximately 2000 reports needed by August 31, about 1250 are now in. That's 62.5%. Thanks for your help -- and let's keep the momentum going. We need 100% reporting. Nothing less! Please reach out to your chairs and program managers and see what help you can provide.

Upcoming events:

  • Drop-in help sessions (for SLOs):
    • SPECIAL THIS WEEK: Friday, August 30, 10-11 am and 1-2 pm in Science 37. 
    • Can't get to Ocean Campus? Wednesdays 5-6 pm -- MISSION 364 (email Sheri Miraglia if you plan to attend)
    • Mondays 1-2 pm -- Science 37
    • Can't make any of the above? Send a colleague who can then help you afterwards.
  • CMS Workshop  (2 hours flex credit available): Using the Digital Asset Manager to store documents and images. And how to  link to what you have stored on your web pages. -- Wed 8/28, 10-noon in the Batmale 313 lab. Sign up here!
  • September 17th: ALL-college ALL-day FLEX event -- agenda now onlinePOSITIVE PATHWAYS TO ACCREDITATION: COLLEGE-WIDE ROBUST DIALOGUE
    Integrating accreditation and student learning, service, and administrative unit outcomes into our regular daily college workings & learning more about what happens in programs across the college

Kristina Whalen and Katryn Wiese
SLO Coordinators

   

August 22, 2013

Assessment stages are like colored belts in karate. Your course, program, or service advances from one stage to the next higher stage, until reaching the highest level. Once a black belt, the highest stage, there’s no going backwards. You’re at that level from then on.

At CCSF our stages move up in number. Stage 1, the lowest, is where you could imagine a new course, program, or service starts – with defined outcomes. Stage 2 is reached when you are conducting the first assessment of the students or served constituents. Stage 3 is reached when the data from the first assessment are being analyzed and discussed with decisions being made about future steps. Stage 4 is reached when changes are implemented. If no changes are deemed to be required, then stage 4 is skipped. Stage 5 is when the course, program, or service is reassessed. If there were no changes made, the assessment is just a way to ensure the outcomes are still being achieved. If changes were made, the assessment checks whether or not the changes are making a positive difference. Once stage 5 is reached, the loop is closed, so to speak.

Outcomes-assessment has become a process of continual  quality improvement (in short called CQI). The process, outcomes, assessments, and analysis can all be improved, but the stage 5 designation stays. (You keep your black belt.)

Why do we have these assessment stage designations at all? The accurate reporting of assessment stages are absolutely necessary for the SLO Coordinators to be able to quantify our progress to our accrediting organization. We were supposed to be at stage 2 or higher for all courses, programs, and services by Fall 2012. To achieve completely the SLO standards, we need to be at 5. So keep moving forward, and report accurately!

Kristina Whalen & Katryn Wiese
SLO Coordinators

  

Monday, August 19, 2013 

The August 31st SLO reporting deadline is a little over 10 days away. Has your department completed reports for ALL its Spring 2013 offerings? As of Friday here were our statistics on completed reports:

  • 52% of Spring 2013 courses had been entered
  • 31% of instructional programs
  • 90% of counseling programs
  • 51% of administrative and student service programs

By August 31st, WE MUST ACHIEVE 100% of reporting. That’s a lot of work that needs to be done between now and August 31st. Please help your department in any way you can.

SPECIAL SHOUT OUTS of appreciation to these units that by Friday had completed 100% or nearly 100% of their reports: ESL, Library Information Technology, Math, Latin American Studies, Administration of Justice/Fire Science, Social Sciences, Transitional Studies, Women’s Studies, Counseling, Student Health, and Earth Sciences.

Some clarifications:

  • Reports for every course, instructional program, counseling program, and services must be submitted twice a year – once in the Jan. 31 reports. Once in the Aug. 31 reports.
  • Submit only one report per course. Instructors of the same course need to cooperate on the entry as well as on the assessments in general.
  • Reporting page: http://www.ccsf.edu/NEW/en/about-city-college/slo/reports/semester_assessment_reports.html. If you have not already done so, you will need to set up your username and password.     Use the link on the reporting page to complete this important step.
  • Your patience, commitment, and efforts to support the work of the college and each other in this endeavor are GREATLY appreciated.

Kristina Whalen & Katryn Wiese
SLO Coordinators

  

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Week one of the semester – LOTS of craziness – hope all is going well.

  • REMINDER: August 31st is the deadline for reporting ALL college-wide SLO activities that happened in Spring/Summer 2013 AND plans for Fall 2013.  Review your department’s progress. Do not miss this deadline! We must have reports from 100% of active courses and programs and services. (See reporting page for more details.)
  • Questions? Need help? Come to drop-in help labs Mondays at 1 pm in S37 starting August 19th.
  • Future planning: please be sure to hold September 17th in your schedule for a day-long college-wide meeting to discuss Accreditation challenges, responsibilities, and progress (including SLOs). Agenda and details to be posted next week. Goal: college-wide robust dialogue and the working together towards a shared mission of maintaining our accreditation.

Onward! 

Kristina Whalen and Katryn Wiese
SLO Coordinators

Thursday, August 8, 2013

What to know about the August 13th, 2013 FLEX DAY:

Department/Program/Service Chairs/Heads: Please be sure to include time in your department meetings to review your SLO progress and semester goals. These goals should include:

  • Getting all courses, programs, and services to stage 2 by end of Fall 2013.
  • Getting all courses, programs, and services to stage 5 as soon as possible.
  • Ensuring all courses and programs taught in Spring/Summer/Fall 2013 are accounted for by August 31st in the official reporting forms.
  • Ensuring all course outlines are updated, ESPECIALLY those so old they don’t include SLOs!! Rare birds, but of utmost importance…
  • Reviewing departmentally the data provided through SLO assessment of courses, programs, and services for 2012-2013 to inform changes to the department and to report upon for the year’s program review SLO portion.

ALL FACULTY: Ensure that curriculum-committee-approved SLOs are listed on all syllabi and the website provided to students the first week of the semester.

 EVERYONE: Professional Development on the SLO front:

  • 1-2:30 pm -- S136 or S5 -- Return engagement: Addressing Diversity through SLOs and Active Learning -- Presented by Susmita Sengupta and Katryn Wiese -- S5 -- Review how SLOs and a variety of active learning tools can be used to better engage students and address diversity in background, learning styles, and more.
  • 2:30-4 pm -- Open Drop-in Help Lab -- S45 -- Seek help submitting semester reports, refining outcomes and assessments, reviewing results, and/or planning and coordinating efforts across your program/department.
  • 4-5 pm -- SLO Committee -- S45 -- Help us plan semester ILO and GEO assessments and working groups for ILO 1 and GEO areas B, C, and E.

Hope to see you at FLEX!

Kristina Whalen and Katryn Wiese
SLO Coordinators

  

August 1, 2013

Much has been accomplished on the Student Learning Outcomes (SLO) front over the last year, and we should be proud. However, we also have much to do. We are still climbing the ladder toward full achievement of the ACCJC standards. Proficiency was required by Fall 2012 (and we are near, at, or exceeding proficiency in all those standards), but full Sustainable Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) is the ultimate requirement, and we are not there yet.

To assist with our journey up the ladder, we will continue to send weekly emails this year, highlight programs that are setting good examples, and update and track our progress across the college through an online scorecard.

Meanwhile, many are asking, “What can I do?” EVERYONE plays a role in the SLO process. Below are 5 concrete steps you can take to help.

On the Instructional Effectiveness front, these simple things can make a real difference and bring concrete results for our College:

  1. Find and bookmark your departmental or unit web page. All programs/services/departments have one. Do you know where yours is? Review the page and ask these questions:
    • Is the assessment process your department follows clearly outlined and followed? (The visiting team reviewed websites and applauded our transparency. They saw great examples and poor examples. Which one is your department?)
    • What kind of data are you and your colleagues collecting? Are they valuable? Are they being discussed? Are they inspiring change?
    • Are you a part of the conversation and data collection? Are you playing an active role?
    • Do you know who your department/program/course/service  SLO Coordinator is?
    • Are your program review documents posted? Is the SLO section in those documents at the level it needs to be? (Does it demonstrate the use of data to make departmental/program improvements?)
    • If you’re part of an instructional department, are ALL courses and programs submitting reports? And are ALL courses and programs at stage 2 or higher?
    • Do you know your department’s website webmaster? (Who edits that page?) Are all parts of the page current and correct? (This is the image you send to the rest of the college and the ACCJC. Is it accurate? Does it show your progress?)
    • If the answer to any of the above questions is no, then actively work to make it better. Each department is in charge of its own protocols. If things aren’t working well within your department, someone has to step in and lead. Let that be you.
  2. Meet the August 31st deadline for Assessment Reporting for ALL college-wide SLO activities that happened in Spring/Summer 2013 AND plans for Fall 2013. Get in the habit! It’s not going away. Twice a year –August 31 and January 31, ALL programs, courses, and services MUST complete these reports. And that’s the easy part… Ensuring that the work you report on is valuable, useful, authentic, and discussed widely – that depends on you. Provide evidence that assessment activities are being used to make needed improvements. Highlight those activities in your report.
  3. Instructional Departments: Kick that old course outline to the curb. If you are teaching from an outline more than 6 years old, volunteer to update the outline!
  4. Instructional Departments: If applicable, participate in the Fall 2013 coordinated assessment  of ILO 1: Critical Thinking and Information Competency. If you are from an instructional department, and you have programs with SLOs that map to ILO 1, then plan to conduct assessments this Fall of at least one of those SLOs, so you can be part of this college-wide assessment.
  5. Service Departments (including Counseling Services): Think about the service modules you would like to gather data about to make your counseling and services areas stronger. It is important to keep the work up gathering data about individual programs within Student Services; now is the time to establish your commonalities across the Division, and identify and assess services outcomes.
  6. Attend Academic Senate SLO Committee meetings to help develop ongoing processes for sustainability and authenticity and help us meet the standards. EVERYONE WELCOME! The first meeting of the semester is August 13th, FLEX DAY, from 4-5 pm in S45. Meetings take place every 2 weeks throughout the semester (time and dates to be determined at first meeting of the semester.)

The college needs you now! Thanks for stepping up.

Kristina Whalen and Katryn Wiese
SLO Coordinators

July 3, 2013

According to today's letter from Barbara Beno and the ACCJC, the ACCJC believes we "have not adequately addressed" multiple recommendations, including recommendation #4 -- Student Learning Outcomes.

Recommendation language: "To fully meet Standard II Student Learning Programs and Services, the team recommends that the college identify the intended SLOs at the course, program, general education, certificate and degree levels, develop and implement assessments of student learning, and analyze the results of assessment to improve student learning. The results of ongoing assessment of student learning outcomes should foster robust dialogues and yield continuous improvement of courses, programs and services and the alignment of college practices for continuous improvement."

I believe we have addressed the above recommendation adequately. We have made significant progress and are heading in the right direction. I am not alone in this opinion. It has been seconded by many external evaluators. Thus I find myself surprised by the ACCJC verdict on the SLO front. 

No, we do not yet fully meet the ACCJC Standards related to SLOs, but neither does most every other college in the ACCJC region. By requiring a recent Proficiency report from all colleges in its jurisdiction, clearly the ACCJC recognizes the challenge faced by colleges in meeting the SLO standards and is acknowledging that since hardly any college actually meets the standard yet, we have to move forward one step at a time in the right direction. Progress is key -- not necessarily perfection here. Proficiency was required by March 2013. Sustainable Quality Improvement -- complete meeting of the standard -- is a future goal.

I was also one of those unable to be present at the June ACCJC meeting due to the limited space. I and the new co-coordinator, Kristina Whalen, were turned away as the venue had been closed. We had wanted to hear the report on SLOs across the state and learn more about how the ACCJC works, so that we could respond better to its requirements. After being turned away, I sent them a respectful letter afterwards expressing my disappointment and my desire to hear about future opportunities for me to get to know them better. I received no response. I got a scanned copy of the SLO report from Karen Saginor after the meeting. (Scanned document on Academic Senate website.)

Based on that report, I would put CCSF squarely in the middle of the pack in the current list of ACCJC colleges on its progress with the SLO standards. That's a huge jump from where we were. While we do not yet MEET the standard, we are way ahead of many other colleges tackling this huge issue, and I believe we have developed a level of transparency and communication about our SLOs that sets a standard for others to follow.

View our own report as a comparison.

Bottom line: we can NOT let today's news discourage us. We have made significant progress in the area of SLOs and are heading in the right direction. Though not acknowledged by the ACCJC, it has been recognized by our peers. And we should feel good about it

My two cents on the SLO front...

Katryn Wiese
SLO Coordinator