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Outcomes & 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.

All units at CCSF (including committees) have outcomes, assess them, and analyze them to inform program improvements.

Outcomes are developed and assessments take place for the following areas:

What is an SLO?

SLO = Student Learning Outcome

SLOs exist at multiple levels, generally at different levels of detail. SLOs are learning outcomes that we expect students to receive after they have completed a class, program, degree, or path of study at City College. 

All areas of the college, including services, can benefit from setting outcomes they want achieved by their work (outcomes that those they serve will achieve after receiving services). Thus outcomes assessment (rather than just SLO assessment) is the language we use to describe all levels of our efforts across the college.

Often the term SLO is used as a shorthand for all the outcomes assessment work currently happening at CCSF.