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Department SLO Coordinators/Chairs:

“Within institutional effectiveness, departments (academic and nonacademic) are free to stretch themselves to the limit and to attempt innovative approaches to provide services without fear of failure. Within institutional effectiveness, departments are not held accountable for failure or success, only for having in place a process for stating outcomes, measuring accomplishments, and using the results to improve programming.” -- James Nichols, 2008 (reference)

Throughout the semester:

  • Assign and coordinate efforts of Course Coordinators and Program Coordinators to ensure online progress reporting forms are completed by the end of Spring and Fall semesters.
  • Coordinate updating of department SLO assessment web page with any new information including:
    • Highlights from department assessment efforts (such as selected samples of assessments, data, and changes)
    • Current course SLOs (active links to course outlines or SLO documents produced by your department)
    • Current program SLOs (active links to the catalog listing for your department programs)
    • Program Reviews
  • Plan process for regular update of course outlines through Curriculum Committee to maintain currency and refinement of SLOs and assessment methods.


How often do we need to update departmental SLO web pages?

At least once a semester, at the beginning of the semester these pages must be updated to ensure accurate data for reporting in college-wide accreditation reports.

What is a Department Assessment Web Page?

Departmental assessment web pages are department-managed locations for providing additional information about the Department's outcomes assessment process beyond the required reports. Benefits:

  1. Facilitates departmental dialog – publicly displayed information is easier for departmental faculty to access and share and thus provide commentary.
  2. Facilitates interdepartmental dialog – publicly displayed information is easier for folks outside the department who might benefit from understanding more your courses and programs.
  3. Allows us to share best practices – By providing publicly available examples, departments can learn from each other, and the entire process can more easily be refined and improved.
  4. Facilitates tracking of progress and planning for the future – Also, public reviews of progress can inspire others, and public statement of plans makes it more likely we’ll follow through.
  5. Eases use of college-reporting forms – The college will be gathering information on a regular basis about outcomes progress and program review. The website is a good place to gather and store this information, so that it can be input and updated quickly without reinventing/regathering.
  6. Showcases, publicly, your efforts – Your web page is your publicly description of how your department is assessing SLOs. You can showcase your own department highlights and share them easily.

What do we put on department assessment web pages?

  • For college-wide reporting: assessment stage status and timelines for moving to next stage for all courses and programs (in table on first page)
  • For meeting accreditation requirements: SLOs for all courses and programs
  • Program Review documents
  • Documents or web pages that are updated each semester and that describe a department's outcomes assessment process (Generic Example)
  • Department highlights (including samples)
  • Summaries of data and analysis (Generic Example)
  • Rubrics and data shared by faculty

How can we get help with our web pages?

  • Team up with another department chair for training and mentoring
  • Spread the workload across the faculty of your department
  • Cultivate a web-editing resource that is shared across a few departments
  • Request assistance from an SLO Coordinator.
  • To receive assistance with editing City College web pages, please refer to these resources.