Update Archives


October 2, 2014

No SLO Drop-in Help Lab next week

As I attend the Strengthening Student Success Conference, there will be no Drop-in SLO lab next Tuesday, Oct 7th.

Professional Development opportunities

Two workshops related to Outcomes Assessments are scheduled.

Workshop #1 Mapping 101; October 20th, 12-1 PM in Cloud 102. Learn how mapping is a useful tool, both for program design and assessment. Learn how to set up a curriculum map for a program (maps course outcomes to program outcomes), properly map courses and programs to GE and ILO outcomes, and how to use maps as an aid for program level assessment.

Workshop #2 SLO Basics, November 18th,  3-4 Pm in Cloud 257. *Repeat*  If you missed the September workshop, no worries. This “crash course” teaches effective design of SLOs & PSLOs, how to assess and use data to make meaningful change, and report results by the Jan 5th deadline.

Institutional Assessment Groups forming now for Spring 2015

Now Forming: GE Area Assessment Groups! In spring 2015, the College will conduct outcome assessment measurements on GE Area D (Social & Behavioral Sciences), GE Area H (Ethnic Studies, Women Studies, and LGBT Studies), and GE Area B (Written Composition). If you teach courses in these areas and wish to contribute to the evaluation of learning across the courses in the GE Area—perhaps refine the outcomes--please RSVP your interest to Kristina Whalen kwhalen@ ccsf.edu. The groups will have an organizing meeting in early December. Work begins in spring 2015. What’s involved? Look at the General Process Followed for GE Assessment website. See the approved courses on the GE Worksheet.

Assessment Website Updating nearing Completion

Katryn Wiese and I wish to thank the college community for updating departmental and unit websites in advance of the Accreditation Self-Study’s release to a visiting team. We have only a few websites left on our list! We appreciate your attention to detail, your diligence in attending help sessions or answering emails, and your grace in the face of grueling workloads. Updates made to assessment webpages should make them easier to maintain (less hassle for you!). For example, past assessment progress reports and program reviews are now in a centralized archive. Going forward,  each individual page does not need to updated with these items. Again, thank you for completing this important task.  

Kristina Whalen

SLO Coordinator



September 18, 2014

Were you recently assigned assessment coordinator? Course coordinator?  New to the College? New to formalized assessment? Come to Monday’s workshop, SLO Basics: A Short Course on Meaningful Assessment at CCSF. Upon completion of this short course, CCSF employees will be able to:

A.      Differentiate PSLO,SLOs, SSOs and AUOs.

B.      Design an effective outcome.

C.      Formulate an authentic assessment strategy.

D.      Prepare a quality assessment report.

And, recognize all the Bloom’s verbs I just used!

September 22, Cloud 257 from 2-3PM. Please RSVP to kwhalen@ccsf.edu so I’ll have enough handouts.

September’s issue of SLO Highlights looks at two City College success stories: Metro Academy and the Mathematics Department’s thoughtful foray into class compression and acceleration. Read why when longtime Assistant Director of Research Steve Spurling retired, he said “I’m proud to be a part of two powerful success stories.”  This issue is a part one of a two-part series on Acceleration. Next month: A look at how the English Department used assessment to develop the Accelerated Learning Program and an exciting Year One (YO!) experience.

Kristina Whalen

SLO Coordinator




September 11, 2014

Are you a new employee (faculty, administrator, staff) at the college? Are you new to the College’s assessment process? Do you just need a refresher on SLO work? Come to the following opportunity:

SLO BASICS: September 22, 2-3 Cloud 257.

This short, helpful workshop teaches effective design of SLOs (Student Learning Outcomes), SSOs (Student Service Outcomes), AUOs (Administrative Unit Outcomes) & PSLOs (Program Level Outcomes), how to assess each and use the data to make meaningful change, if neded. Tips for reporting by the Jan 5th deadline are also included. Remember, everyone at the college particpates in outcomes assessment work! 


Last call of GE Area A and E assessment data. If in spring 2014 you collected course level data mapping to Area A (Communication) or Area E (Humanities) and didn't have it summarized by the spring assessment reporting deadline, please submit your data bySeptember 19th. These college-wide learning assessments are a crucial piece of the puzzle! 

Drop-in Help Labs every Tuesday from 2-3Pm in Cloud 208A. 

Handout: Important Assessment Dates  for the Fall 2014 semester is available.

Kristina Whalen

SLO Coordinator




September 4, 2014

Last call of GE Area A and E assessment data. If in spring 2014 you collected course level data mapping to Area A (Communication) or Area E (Humanities) and didn't have it summarized by the spring assessment reporting deadline, please submit your data by September 19th. These college-wide learning assessments are a crucial piece of the puzzle! 

The Spring 2014 Assessment Reporting Summary is now available. The report digests reporting activities and implemented improvements submitted during the spring 2014 assessment reporting cycle. Here are a few highlights:

  • The college is on a steady climb to CQI! At the start of fall 2014, 75% of instructional courses, 44% of instructional programs, 73% of student services, and 100% of counseling have closed the loop. 
  • The reports are filled with details for concrete improvements in course, programs, and counseling. 
  • Assessment reporting rebounded in the spring. Reporting percentages for counseling and instructional courses were outstanding (100% and 91%) respectively. 
  • Assessment reporting submissions are coming in throughout the semester, with many more early reports. We are grateful for this shift away from most reports coming in the night before the deadline. 
  • Responses on our new question asking about assessment/analysis frequency demonstrates that the campus is better informed about and overwhelmingly tackling and improving on our 3-year benchmark for assessment of every outcome.

The college community should be proud of its work assessing student learning and making needed adjustment so students acquire important outcomes. Thanks for your dedication!

Kristina Whalen

SLO Coordinator