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Updates from the SLO Coordination Team

August 26

Planning began last semester for our October 20th SLO FLEX.  We see this day as a real opportunity to share what works across the college - because so much here does work! - and to identify areas of growth.  

The morning will be themed around Cultural, Social and Environmental Awareness -- AKA Institutional Learning Outcome #3 - and driven by the following question:  How well, across the college, are we guiding students toward cultural, social, and environmental awareness?   A call for proposals from our campus community is forthcoming.  

In the afternoon, the college community will work together to make connections between target populations identified in our Equity Plan and SLO data submitted in Spring 2015.  

In preparation for this day, as well as program review, we have three data analysis trainings for course or program coordinators designed to help us ask questions about the disaggregated data submitted last spring and look  for ways to improve.  In short, these workshops will teach participants how to access the data, interpret the data, and ask questions about the data:

Tuesday, September 22: 4-5:30 PM in MUB 255

Monday, October 5: 1:30-3:00 in MUB 255

Wednesday, October 14: 3-4:30 in MUB 255

Participants will also need an ARGOS account, so please register for the training here to facilitate your access to ARGOS.

Note:  these workshops apply to information submitted in CRN-level reports.  If these sessions do not work, or you would like to begin sooner, several drop-in help sessions are available in the form.

The SLO Coordination Team,

Craig Kleinman, Mandy Liang, Sheri Miraglia, Kristina Whalen


August 20 

The SLO Coordinators would like to thank everyone who participated in the August 14 FLEX Day!  We hope that the information provided by David Marshall and Joanna Oxendine was valuable to you, and that you were able to enjoy a productive discussion in your department meetings around assessment.

We found that David and Joanna's presentations (particularly the afternoon sessions) had a lot of practical information.  You can access David and Joanna's presentation materials on the SLO Professional Development Page:

Takeaways from the FLEX Conversation

We wanted to share with you some of our takeaways and also summarize some of the feedback we received from the surveys that you filled out.

  • As an organization, our successful collection of disaggregated SLO data in Spring 2015 means that we have a tremendous opportunity through conversation and analysis across the curriculum to identify ways to improve our courses, programs and institution.
  • The next major step for all of us is to implement course and program improvements based on evidence collected in Spring 2015, and use these improvements to "Close the Loop" and demonstrate CQI (continuous quality improvement).
  • By looking beyond the percentages of which students "do not meet" or are "developing" a particular SLO and using the disaggregated data to ask WHY students are not meeting SLO's, we can make meaningful adjustments to courses and programs that help students be more successful.
  • The breakout sessions helped clarify the difference between "grades" and outcomes assessment.  Come talk to one of us if you'd like to discuss what we learned!
  • The keynote session emphasized the importance of speaking collaboratively with colleagues as an integral part of outcomes assessment.  Authentic assessment cannot happen in isolation.
  • The SLO process is about learning more what/why/where/how our students are learning and how instructors and the institution respond to students strengths and needs.
  • One way to remind students - and yourself - of the desired outcomes is to insert them into assignments.  This can enhance assignment design and push students deeper into a culture of learning instead of grades.

Some examples of your survey feedback:

  • Assessment must be student focused and meaningful to have true value!
  • In an effort to be "compliant" we must have conversations that lead to improved student access - it's about our craft as instructors and how we continuously hone our skills based on insights we gain from student assessment.
  • SLO assessments are based on common sense and a necessary part of good teaching.
  • Communication with colleagues and students is key to success.
  • We need to be specific about what we are assessing to make sense of the data.
  • We need to put students at the forefront of the assessment process.

Disaggregated Data Workshops and Drop-In Help

Some people wished that the keynote had dug deeper into the process of closing the loop. This was covered in more detail in the break-out session (see materials on the SLO website). We will talk a lot more about this in the October 20th FLEX presentations. More information to come to you next week.

Would you like to get started analyzing your disaggregated SLO data? Sign up for a workshop or drop-in help lab here.

The SLO Coordination Team:  Craig Kleinman, Mandy Liang, Sheri Miraglia, Kristina Whalen & CurricUNET Administrator, Katryn Wiese


August 11, 2015

Welcome back!

Please see the Draft Assessment Reporting Process Evaluation Spring 2015.

The new reporting process was designed to get more faculty and staff involved in the assessment process (including reporting) and collect needed data in order to fully meet the 2014 ACCJC Standards. As the report notes, 1) we had to develop new software in record time, 2) train the campus, 3) monitor user-interactions and promptly troubleshoot issues, and 4) provide support, follow up, and encouragement for those missing the deadline. As of today:

  • 1,172 instructors submitted SLO assessment reports for a total of 3603 CRNs. 94% completion!
  • 18 assessment reports were submitted for 9 student service units.
  •  8 assessment reports were submitted for 5 counseling programs.

Given the enormous time constraints for implementing a new system, software, and processes this should be considered a massive success. The entire campus community should celebrate how quickly and effectively we were collectively able to address, respond to, and meet this new standard.

The report chronicles many implementation challenges experienced (and how they were as addressed) as well as challenges that still remain. If you have feedback please read the report. If your issue is not addressed, send process feedback to  and software feedback to

Next steps: Now we must analyze and act on the data! First, Department Chairs will be trained to explore the results and look for valid achievement gaps within certain subpopulations. Trainings are open to anyone (but highly encouraged for course and program coordinators) on the following dates:

Tuesday, September 22: 4-5:30 PM, in MUB 255

Monday October 5: 1:30-3:00, in MUB 255

Wednesday October 14: 3-4:30, in MUB 255

See SLO Professional Development website for details.

The all-college keynote address Making it Meaningful, is the kick off to these next steps. Come join the SLO Coordination Team and assessment experts David Marshall and Joanna Oxendine and hear how to merge our concerns with meeting accreditation standards with our need to have assessment that is authentic and driven by a concern for our students.

Diego Rivera Theatre (and overflow rooms) from 9:15 a.m.-10:45 a.m.

The SLO Coordination Team:  Craig Kleinman, Mandy Liang, Sheri Miraglia, Kristina Whalen & CurricUNET Administrator, Katryn Wiese