New Reporting Link Location
Struggle to find the SLO Reporting Link? It's now located on theMyCCSF page where you log into Web4 and all email systems. Thanks to Annie Mayer's great suggestion at Get It Done Day. As always you can also find the Reporting Form in the right hand column of the CCSF Outcomes and Assessment page. Don't forget, all reports are due June 2nd.
The last issue of SLO HIGHLIGHTS is out. Read about the exciting stackable degrees created in the Department ofAutomotive/Motorcycle Technology, Construction, and Building Maintenance. Also, below, or in SLO HIGHLIGHTS, our Outcomes Assessment Year in Review! Just reading about all we accomplished makes you more than ready for summer break.
Outcomes Assessment Year in Review
Assessment activities during the past academic year were strong, progressive, and supported campus wide! Congratulations to the entire community for achieving so much in one year. In this article, we look back at assessment activities during the academic year, marking important milestones.
AUGUST: The CCSF campus community did not allow the disheartening news over the summer stand in the way of progress. Spring 2013 Assessment progress reports were due in late August. We had unprecedented response. 93% of courses, 94% of programs, 100% of counseling, and 93% of student services reported assessment activities.
SEPTEMBER: The entire campus community came together forPositive Pathways to Accreditation: College-wide Robust Dialogue. The scope of the day extended past outcomes assessment work; however, important SLO dialogue occurred, including campus-wide dialogue on the preliminary GE Area C results. 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 for the event was 8 out of 10.
OCTOBER: Work on assessing the Critical Thinking and Information Competency ILO began in earnest. The SLO Committee of the Academic Senate conducted its first validation of instructional assessment reports. The college released its Annual Assessment Plan, setting benchmarks for the frequency of outcomes assessment. The college received a Feedback Memo for the ACCJCverifying that we meet the Proficiency standard!
NOVEMBER: The SLO Coordinators created an SLO Scorecard to better inform the community about the on-going progress made in assessment since the March 15th report was submitted to the ACCJC. SLO Workgroups for GE Area A & GE Area E were formed and discussed procedure for the spring semester.
DECEMBER: The final GE Area C Assessment Report was released to the college and discussion, still on-going, about implementation of the recommendations began.
JANUARY: The campus community immersed itself in professional development activities including assessment, teaching, and learning sessions at the January FLEX Day.
FEBRUARY: The SLO Committee released its Summary Report of Fall 2013 reporting. Over 80% of student services and counseling were at SCQI and 62% of instructional courses--showing that we are steadfastly marching forward. The campus community demonstrated that it maintain robust reporting as a matter of course. The ILO Assessment Work Group concluded data collection for ILO#1. A vigorous vetting process for new assessment software concluded and a generous donor purchased CurricUNET META for the campus. This integrated software will be used for curriculum development, SLO reporting, and Program Review. Many faculty members of the SLO Committee attended the Accreditation Institute in LaJolla, CA.
MARCH: Professional development opportunities continued and the SLO Faculty Leaders and the Assessment Planning Team met to discuss the Institutional Set Standards for the college.
APRIL: The SLO Committee released the 2013-2014 SLO Impact Report, demonstrating connections between assessment and program improvement. The report was discussed in various participatory governance committees. The Student Service Outcome Team was formed and met to validate student service assessment reports.
MAY: The final report for the Critical Thinking and Information Competency Institutional Learning Outcome was released and discussions are happening campus-wide about the findings. Course, program, service, and unit coordinators participated in Get It Done Day, a day of collegial assessment reporting.
LOOKING AHEAD: When we return to campus in fall 2014, the process of training faculty and staff on CurricUNET Meta will begin. GE area E & A workgroups will conclude their assessment activities and assessment of the Communication ILO#2 will begin.
Most importantly, we will all work together to create meaningful change at the college.
IMPORTANT NOTE on SLO Reporting: The SLO reporting is on the same server as curriculum. As many know, that server was viciously hacked. SLO data is intact! As a security precaution; however, SLO reports are not viewable unless you are logged onto a CCSF computer. This is temporary! You can still access the reporting form and submit reports from any remote location.
Get It Done Day is nearly here. The news above may give you even more reason to use Friday as a time to be on campus knocking these reports off your to-do list. Below is the list of locations where you can seek help, camaraderie or commiseration, and an opportunity for dialogue. These are extended drop-in help labs for course, program, student service, counseling, and admin SLO coordinators. Work together to get your SLO reports complete well before the June 2nd deadline
Get It Done Day starts May 15th:
Evans Center, Room 220C 4PM-6PM
Get It Done Day continues May 16th at the following locations:
Ocean Campus TLC Lab (L313) 9AM-3PM
John Adams Rm 231 9AM-11AM
Downtown Rm 515B 11:30AM-1:30PM
Mission Rm 476 2:30PM-4:30PM
The ILO workgroup (aka the SLO Committee) has completed the assessment and analysis of the fall 2013 Critical Thinking and Information Competency ILO Assessment. The final report, complete with mapping analysis, data and analysis, and recommendation may be found here.
May 21st the SLO Committee will be hosting an open forum on the ILO results from 3:00-4:00 in Sci 45.
Hope to see you Friday,
Get It Done Day starts in one week! For a 24 hour period, we will see a surge of assessment reporting. Drop into any of the GIDD locations, at any time, with all the information you need to complete the reports AND your CCSF google mail username and password.
Get It Done Day now starts on May 15th on the Evans campus. Come from 4-6PM (looks for signs). If Friday does not work for you, swing by Evans.
The rest of Get It Done Day will take place May 16th at the following locations:
Ocean Campus TLC Lab (L313) 9AM-3PM
John Adams Rm 231 9AM-11AM
Downtown Rm 515B 11:30AM-1:30PM
Mission Rm 476 2:30PM-4:30PM
Let's Get It Done together!
If GIDD doesn't work for you, remember that June 2nd is the deadline for assessment reporting.
Kristina Whalen, SLO Coordinator
We are nearly one month away from the June 2nd deadline for assessement reporting. All units, services, programs, and courses offered this semester must submit a report. If assessment was not scheduled for this semester, it will not take long to complete. Here are some important links:
Assessment Reporting Form. Please note that Area E and A GE assessment results need to be reporting in a separate form. It is on reporting main page above (4th bullet down).
Instructions for completing form, including how to apply for a username and password.
Archive of last semester reports
May 16th! May 16th! May 16th! What’s happening on May 16th? It’s Get It Done Day. From 9-3 PM you’ll find SLO leaders in the TLC computing lab (L 313). They will help you connect to the reporting form, fill out the form, provide clarity on questions, converse about student learning, help you with other aspects of assessment, including reporting area E & A GE assessment results. You’ll complete your assessment “check in” in a supportive environment. Our goal is to have 70% of the reporting for outcomes complete by the end of the day. If you plan to attend as a group, please RSVP to email@example.com so that we will be prepared. Are you located at a center? See schedule below:
Ocean Campus TLC lab (L 313) 9:00AM-3:00PM
John Adams Room 231 9:00AM-11:00AM
Downtown Room 515B 11:30AM-1:30PM
Mission Center Room 476 2:30PM-4:30PM
Come to Get It Done Day and check it off your to-do list.
The SLO Committee has completed the 2013-2014 Program Review Summary, also called the SLO Impact Report. This report allows the college to chart improvements, based on outcomes assessment, embedded in Program Review (Question #4). Moreover, it provides the community a non-atomized picture of data driven planning. Each section has analysis on the challenges facing organizational areas, strengths, and areas where improvement and future growth could occur. Want to hear more? The report is on the agenda for tomorrow’s Planning Committee Meeting in L108 from 3-4:30.
More information on Get It Done Day on May 16th! On the Ocean campus, the TLC Computer Lab, on the third floor of Batmale Hall, will host Get It Done Day. SLO Committee members have reserved computer stations to help you navigate the reporting form, provide clarity on the form’s questions, dialogue about assessment challenges, and provide friendly support. Assistance provided from 9AM-3PM. Mission employees should visit room 476 from 2:30-4:40PM. We will try to secure places for Get It Done Day at the other major Centers. Fingers crossed! Use this day to check assessment reports off your to-do list before final exams and end-of-the-year tasks overwhelm. Be sure to come to Get It Done Daywith a google mail account and known password. Don’t have an account, apply now!
It’s your last chance this year to hear how Insight might make your assessment work run smoothly. The last repeat performance ofInsight Assessment Modules, is on April 29th, 2:00 PM in MUB 398:
The new issue SLO Highlights is live! Frisco Day is this Friday. Read how assessment practices in Matriculation have been shaping the approach to this important day of outreach. Also, enjoy a thematic analysis of Highlight submissions from the fall 2013 assessment reports. Not surprising, themes of profesionalism, collaboration, student improvement, and empowerment dominate the entries.
Get it Done Day
On May 16th computer labs around the various campuses and centers will have SLO Committee members on hand to assist, motivate and support you through the assessment report submission process. If you have reports to submit, make it fun and team up with a colleague and Get It Done! More information on labs and times forthcoming. Our goal is to have 70% or more of the reports complete before heading into the bulk of final exams.
Update on the Alphabet Soup of Assessment
ILOs. Data for the Critical Thinking Institutional Learning Outcome has been compiled and the SLO committee is in the process of interpreting the data and writing a final report. A large portion of the report will cover "mapping" and the problems the committee encountered. The ILO assessment process revealed that appropriate mapping is an area of growth for the college. Second, the wording of the Critical Thinking ILO was quite redundant (and perhaps contributed to mapping errors) and the committee has sent a revision to the Academic Senate. It will be discussed today.
GELOs. Area E and Area A work groups meet regularly and faculty teaching courses in those areas have been contacted. If you teach an Area A or E class this semester and haven't received instructions, please contact Nathan Steele (Area A) and/or Stephan Johnson (Area E). A separate form for GE Area A & E results is available on the reporting form page. It is short. Hopefully the process of folding assessment results into a common rubric (proficient, developing, no evidence) is becoming comfortable.
PSLOs. Please remember that you must submit an assessment progress report for all programs as well. At present, only 33% of our programs have closed the loop on assessment. With your diligence, I know we can quickly strengthen those numbers. Need help? I am happy to meet with you or a group of faculty to help plan and chart a timeline for program level assessment. The SLO Impact Report has been completed by the SLO Committee and it is headed to the Planning Committee for review. Once vetted, be on the look out for this report as it both celebrates the massive strides we've made toward integrated planning and suggests pathways for future improvements in program review assessment integration.
SLOs. We continue to see great assessment work at the course level. Keep up the inspiring and fantastic work! The June 2nddeadline is fast approaching. If you have already completed all the assessment work that can reasonably done this semester (in other words, anything else will occur after grades are due) then please fill out the form now. As many learned in January, these are not soft deadlines. In every session I've held this semester, I've worked with faculty on charting a sustainable assessment calendar. Most recently I've worked with single-section course coordinators. Workshop notes here. If you can't submit the report now, submit it on Get It Done Day!
Thanks for your tireless efforts!
As those of you learned if you attended the Accreditation Institute Forum last Friday, California colleges are asked to set institutional standards for achievement. The ACCJC Annual Report asks colleges to report on these "set standards" for transfer, course and program completion. In an effort to include as many voices as possible in the selection of these standards, the Assessment Planning Team, a working group under the Planning Participatory Governance committee, will meet Tuesday, March 25 from 11-12PM in MUB 140. The meeting will be task driven but is open to all. Please come if you are able.
Please join Cynthia Dewar and Diana Markham for a repeat of the wildly popular workshop on the Insight Assessment Module. The workshop is this Tuesday, March 18th, at 2:00 PM in MUB 388.
Reminder: Spring 2014 Assessment Progress Reporting forms are open and ready for use. If you have completed any assessment activities this semester for your service, course, or program (such as reviewing data from Fall 2013), jump in now and record your work. Avoid the end-of-semester rush.
For those participating in GE-Area A and E coordinated course SLO assessments, please be sure to report this semester on the methods you used to assess your students. But feel free to take Fall semester to conduct your data review and analysis.
Slow and steady. We don't have to do everything in one semester. Just keep moving forward! Goal: assess each SLO for every course and program and service at least once every 3 years. How's your progress?
Are you “Tuning” your outcomes? The concept of ‘Tuning” is gaining traction in the U.S. Educational circles. At CCSF, we see identifiable aspects of this process when departments or units use Advisory Boards. In the March issue of SLO Highlights read how the Broadcast Electronic Media Arts Department recently, after a successful advisory board session, honed learning outcomes and crafted an exciting new curriculum program.
According to Brad C. Philips at the Institute for Evidence Based Change, Tuning as a process [. . . ] by which Tuning work groups identify what students earning a given degree in a given discipline know and are able to do. The process grows from the assumption that faculty, those who know a discipline best, should be the party responsible for determining the discipline’s core. Because other stakeholders have an interest in the discipline, the work groups solicit feedback from them. The work groups document their thinking and revise it based on the feedback."
The five components are to:
- define the discipline core;
- map career pathways;
- consult stakeholders;
- hone core competencies and learning outcomes;
- draft degree specifications.
Visit www.tuningusa.org for more information
Also, read how Honors Coordinator Sami Kudsi brings stakeholders together at Roundtables and Consortiums to both identify and actualize core competency in CCSF’s Honor’s Program.
Need “tuning” or other help, visit the Drop-In Help lab each Tuesday from 1-2 in Cloud 208B or contact Kristina Whalen for Outcome Assessment related queries or workshops.
It’s not too late to RSVP for tomorrow’s SLO workshop entitled, All Alone? Assessment Strategies for the Single Section Course. The workshop starts at 3:00 Feb 27, in MUB 271. I expect the workshop to last an hour.
How will the new ACCJC standards impact SLO assessment? Come to the faculty forum on March 14, 11-1PM (location TBA) to hear answers from faculty members in attendance at the Accreditation Institute in La Jolla on Feb 7-8. The focus of this joint venture between the ACCJC and the ASCCC was, in part, to kick off the public comment period for the revised standards. Look for details about the sessions in President Teti's emails.
A repeat performance: Insight Assessment Modules. Use Insight to make your assessment data collection far less labor intensive. March 18th, 2:00 in MUB 388. For those that couldn’t make the engaging workshop hosted by Cynthia Dewar and Diana Markham last semester, put it on your calendar now!
As always, the Drop-in Help Lab is open each Tuesday from 1-2 in Cloud 208B. Workshop I host may be repeated at any Center. Contact me for details.
Due to the high volume of SLO Reporting at CCSF, we knew our current “home grown” system was not a sustainable method for our increasingly vital SLO Reporting. In fact, during the last round of reporting, we began to receive file size errors! For the last year, one of the primary goals of our SLO efforts has been to research the best SLO software package for CCSF, among a competitive market. Most colleges half our size have either implemented TracDat, eLumen, or a similar assessment-activity-reporting system. Our goal was to find a new software that would add extra time-saving functionality (requiring us to input less repetitive information each semester), integrate as seamless as possible with our existing processes (thus not feel like everyone has to learn something totally different), affordably allow us replace our current system and grow upward as we improve our processes, and integrate with our curriculum and course outlines (so we don't have to enter SLO information in a multitude of different places).
After a vigorous vetting process, and taking into consideration other needs across the college, including curriculum development and program review, together with the Office of Instruction and the Research and Planning Office, we chose CurricuNET Meta. With the help of generous donors we were able to purchase the software and begin implementation in January. Progress is happening! Our new software is under build, and our implementation team is ensuring regular steady process. (Our team is headed by Katryn Wiese and combines experts from Instruction, Student Services, Research & Planning, Curriculum, and IT, with faculty, department chairs, SLO Coordinators, and articulation and curriculum experts.)
This software package, when completely installed, will not only help our college community report on assessment activity, but aslo help create, store, and manage course outlines effectively, track SLO assessment progress and synthesize data across programs, AND integrate with annual Program Review reporting.
On February 5th, the implementation team had its first review of the beginning module for the new CCSF CurricuNET software. CurricuNET developers started the build of our new software with a module on creating a new credit course outline. During our review we were able to discuss and refine the functionality, before moving forward with noncredit courses and programs. After the curriculum functionality is completed, we'll add in modules for reporting on student learning outcomes assessment and program review. All of the CCSF staff on the implementation team are VERY excited to see what has been a tedious, exhausting, manual process to date leverage existing technology (and best practices from some of the other 77 California Community Colleges using this software) to streamline and automate much of the process. We'll be saving a lot of time and stress/frustration for a lot of faculty and staff across the college.
Of course we'll also have some growing pains as we implement new technology and deal with the hiccups that always accompany such a task. But we are hopeful everyone will be able to experience the improvements as we move forward.
We are hopeful that the new curriculum module will be live by April, with the SLO module ready by May/June, and the Program Review ready by September of this year.
Fingers crossed and patience in abundance,
Last call for ILO Data: The SLO Committee will begin to analyze data from the ILO Critical Thinking Coordinated Assessment shortly. In an earlier SLO Updates we asked that all data be submitted by Feb 17th. If you cannot meet this deadline, but have data for the assessment, please alert Kristina Whalen ASAP. We appreciate everyone meeting this important deadline. Data may be submitted in the Spring Progress Report.
SLO Professional Development Session: Feb 27th, 3:00 PM in MUB 271: All Alone?: Assessment strategies for the single section course.
Faculty members Wendy Kaufmyn, Rosario Villasana, Karen Saginor, Lillian Marrujo-Duck, Simon Hanson, Andrea Noisi, Cynthia Dewar, and Kristina Whalen, attended the Accreditation Institute Feb 7-8 in La Jolla, CA. The yearly Institute, sponsored by the Statewide Academic Senate and the ACCJC, was primarily focused on educating the college community about the new (forthcoming) accreditation standards. Chancellor Tyler has asked the attendees to organize forums to share what we learned. We are eager to do so--especially since the public feedback period for the standards is in full swing. Look for more information on these upcoming forums--probably early March.
Accreditation Committee Self-Evaluation
Finally, I'd like to put in one last plea for FACULTY to join the Self-Evaluation being coordinated by the Participatory Governance Accreditation Committee. Administrative and Classified employees have been appointed but several evaluation teams (organized around standards) show missing or scant faculty voices. Here's why this exercise is important:
- We learned from people with Visiting Team experience and from colleagues at the Accreditation Institute that this exercise is a common and helpful mechanism for evaluation.
- New perspectives guard against group think
- Your critical thinking skills will help answer important questions like, "do the actions plans adequately address all aspects of the standards?"
- You should and could have a voice in building the next set of action plans.
If you would like to help build a path forward and prepare us a potential site visit, please contact Gohar Momjian.
New issue of SLO HIGHLIGHTS
The February issue of SLO HIGHLIGHTS features departmental SLO webpages and assessment reflections from webmasters. Read how the English Department's SLO practices have progressed and how the department's SLO website is a source of accountability and pride. Also, how the Biology webmaster uses the department's assessment site to guide faculty to innovative teaching practices designed to improve student outcomes.
Fall 2013 SLO Activities Summary Report now available
Fall 2013 SLO/SSO/AUO progress reporting ended in January. Progress reporting declined, modest in some places but sharp in others. Nonethless, assessment activities on campus are active, rigorous, and steadily closing the loop! Read the full Fall 2013 Outcomes Assessment Activities SUMMARY Report. Some key information:
85% of instructional courses reported (1354 reports)
- 93% are at stage 2 or higher (undergoing assessment – PROFICIENCY minimum)
- 62% are at stage 5 (closed-loop ongoing assessment – SUSTAINABLE CQI minimum)
65% of instructional programs reported (218 reports)
- 88% are at stage 2 or higher (undergoing assessment – PROFICIENCY minimum)
- 33% are at stage 5 (closed-loop ongoing assessment – SUSTAINABLE CQI minimum)
73% of counseling programs reported (21 reports from 8 programs)
- 100% are at stage 2 or higher (undergoing assessment – PROFICIENCY minimum)
- 81% are at stage 5 (closed-loop ongoing assessment – SUSTAINABLE CQI minimum)
40% of student service programs reported (17 reports)
- 94% are at stage 2 or higher (undergoing assessment – PROFICIENCY minimum)
- 88% are at stage 5 (closed-loop ongoing assessment – SUSTAINABLE CQI minimum)
8% of administrative service programs reported (4 reports)
SUMMARY OF SUCCESSES:
- 68% of existing outcomes have been assessed, with the rest planned. (Ensuring that all outcomes are assessed at least once every three years is our college-wide goal. We are on pace to have all outcomes assessed soon even though our processes developed late.)
- Our process continues to move forward and achieve two goals: regular progress report submissions, thereby maintaining momentum, and continued training on benchmarks, definitions, and overall good practices for assessing outcomes.
- The Spring 2014 progress reporting forms were made available on the first day of the semester, making continued adherence to semester reporting easier.
- Transition to new software (expected launch fall 2014) that is more robust, better able to support the volume of reporting, and maintains its own archive and longitudinal review of a particular course/program/service is being implemented.
SUMMARY OF NEEDED IMPROVEMENTS:
- Keep moving forward and progressing towards closed-loop CQI (Continuous Quality Improvement) in all courses, programs, and services with high-quality activities and reporting.
- As we transition to a 3-year assessment cycle minimum for all SLOs/AUOs/Service Outcomes, alerts will be sent to coordinators who have failed to log in and update regularly.
- Completion rates must rebound. Changes in deadlines and oversight responsibility resulted in an anticipated drop, but with continued training and a transition to a new software system, momentum must continue. Missing Fall 2013 reports should immediately be incorporated into the Spring 2014 reporting form (available now)
Thanks for all your focus on student learning,
June 2nd is the reporting deadline for Spring 2014 Assessment Progress Reports. But, the form is open now! This is important for a couple of reasons.
1. If you didn’t meet the Jan 2nd deadline, you can add fall 2013 information in the spring form, save the editing link, and return to it towards the end of the semester if you want to add additional data.
2. You may not have indicated in your Jan. 2 reports that you planned to submit your program level data for the Critical Thinking ILO assessment in the Spring reports after you’d spent time processing and discussing the data (maybe during the Feb. 6 FLEX). As soon as are ready, the forms are open for you. The SLO Committee plans to move forward on collating these data on February 17th – so anything entered by then will be part of the college-wide assessment.
3. If you have a course, program, service or unit that is not scheduled for assessment this semester, go ahead and knock back the report early and cross it off the crowded end-of-the-semester task list.
Let keep the momentum going but also pause to reflect on the quality of our reporting. Last October, The SLO Committee released its Summary Report for spring 13 reporting and assessed a sample of the SLO reports for their ability to convey detailed, evidence based summaries of assessment activities and provide detailed and concrete explanations of improvements made to courses and programs. The results were good. As you consider the quality of your reporting, use the following checklist:
- I’ve carefully read the descriptions of the stages and have correctly staged my course, program, service, or unit. I understand that once I move up a stage I never move back!
- I know where to find the archived reports for the course/program/service/unit I am reporting on my department’s SLO/SSO/AUO website (everyone has one) and my work builds on past reports.
- I am able to articulate knowledge on how often assessment of SLOs/SSOs/AUOs happen for my course/program/service/unit because timelines and schedules are developed.
- I effectively but briefly describe my assessment methods and I only describe methods for the data I plan to report.
- My assessment summary provides details on 3 things: 1. Specificity of data collected. 2. Criteria used to determine success. 3. Analysis of the data.
- I understand that the most important part of an assessment report is the concrete and detailed plans made for improvement.
- I am the coordinator so that’s why I am submitting the report. I know that only one report is submitted for each course/program/service/or unit and I have talked with my colleagues and coordinated a single report.
- My report’s conclusions resulted from rich dialogue with my colleagues.
- I have sent myself and copy of the form in case I want to edit the report
- I’ve stored my password and can locate it!
If parts of this checklist leave you scratching your head, contact your SLO Coordinator or stop by the drop-in help lab on Tuesdays from 1-2PM in Cloud 208B.
SLO professional development opportunities abound. First, the upcoming Feb 6th FLEX Day has time built into the schedule for departmental assessment work.
9:00AM - 12:00PM Keynote address and Workshops centering around the FLEX Day theme:
Culture Shift: Innovation, Engagement, Achievement.
Keynote with Darrick Smith, Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership, University of San Francisco
12:00PM - 12:45PM: Lunch
12:45PM - 1:45PM: School/Division Meetings
1:45PM - 2:45PM: Department-Based SLO Work
Following school/division meetings. The SLO Committee hopes that departments will use this time to work on any of the following:
- discussion of data and results collected by assessment measurements
- implementation of course or program improvements
- discussion of any Critical Thinking ILO data collected at program level
- assessment work related to GE Area A or E
- scheduling assessments so SLOs are measured at least once every 3 years
- preparing now to meet the June 2nd deadline for SLO reporting
- any discipline specific SLO work
Additionally, the following professional development workshops will be held throughout the semester:
Feb 27th, 3:00 PM in MUB 271: Going it Alone: Assessment strategies for the single section course.
March 18th, 2:00 in MUB 398: Insight Assessment Modules. Use Insight to make your assessment data collection far less labor intensive.
March 20th,4:00 PM in MUB 271: Map it! Why does mapping matter? How do you make mapping determinations? And, how to map ILOs/GELOs to PSLOs, PSLOs to SLOs, and mapping out assessment strategies for each course SLOs as part of revising curriculum.
April 24th, 4:00 PM in MUB 271: Non-Credit Assessment Techniques Explored.
April 29th, 2:00 PM in MUB 398: Insight Assessment Modules, Repeat performance.
May 15 at 4:00 PM in MUB 271: ILO Critical Thinking Assessment Tentative Results Explored.
The above workshops are on the Ocean campus but any session may be repeated elsewhere if center deans, site supervisors, departmental chairs, or faculty are willing to schedule a time/place and have 7 particpant RSVPs in hand.
Drop-in Help lab is going strong! Every Tuesday 1-2PM in Cloud 208B.
Impact of GEO C Assessment
The assessment of General Education (GE) Area C outcomes was the first institutional-level assessment to take place since the College made a commitment to the outcomes and assessment model for course and program evaluation and improvement. The implications of the findings go beyond the GE Area C Natural Sciences courses.
The assessment process followed by the GE Area C workgroup served as a model for future institutional GEO and ILO assessments. The process involved developing a common rubric that the many disciplines involved in the institutional-level assessment could adapt to the course level. The rubric has three levels of achievement: proficiency; developing; and no evidence. Each participating instructor developed criteria for how students meet each level of achievement for their course assessment(s). Instructors at the course level conducted SLO assessments then converted their findings to the common rubric. The common rubric was an overall success and will be applied to other institutional level assessments in the future. The GE outcome assessment of Area C resulted in the following overall results: 64.6% proficiency, 25.6% developing and 10.8% showing no evidence. Assessment results, analysis and dialogue led to outcome revision.
Additionally, the workgroup reviewed the pass and withdrawal rates for GE Area C classes. The overall pass rate for GE Area C students is 60.8% and the overall withdrawal percentage is 17.4. Not surprisingly, the assessment data and the pass/withdraw rates were similar and provided validity to the assessment practices being employed at CCSF.
The workgroup decided to investigate why the proficiency and pass rates were low. They reviewed Math and English placement tests and correlated them with the pass rate for GE Area C. The number of students passing a class (a grade of C or higher) correlated with higher level Math and English levels. For example, "students enrolled or placed into lower level math (which correlates to pre-algebra and earlier) had only a 24.8% pass rate, compared to a 48% pass rate for upper level (algebra 1 or 2 or geometry), and a 68.7% pass rate for collegiate level (beyond algebra 2). Lower math placement also shows a strong correlation with higher withdrawals. The workgroup findings suggested that English and Math placement tests are an important indicator of student success and more emphasis and dialogue between teachers, counselors and students needs to take place so that students have the right prerequisites to achieve at proficiency levels.
At the end of the report the committee provided additional recommendations for the College community, natural science departments, and course instructors with the ultimate goal of increasing student proficiency levels.
At the Jan 9th FLEX day program entitled College-Wide Dialogue Continued, faculty, department chairs, and counselors discussed how to move these recommendations forward. The workgroup and SLO coordinators are asking more members of the college community to read the full report, identify decision makers that may implement the recommendations, and talk with decision makers and colleagues about the path forward.
Please direct any feedback to the report to SLO Coordinator and SLO Committee Chair Kristina Whalen (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The first SLO Update of spring 2014 covers spring 2014 reporting, GE Assessment, assessment professional development opportunities, and spring drop-in help lab sessions.
Spring 2014 Progress Reports
The fall 2013 Assessment Progress Report deadline has passed and our attention turns to spring 2014. Next week, the spring 2014 progress reporting form will be available at the now familiar location on the SLO webpage (upper right hand corner of both SLO homepage and department/unit SLO webpages). The form's early availability means you may complete it at any time throughout the semester and well before the June 2nd deadline.
General Education Assessment
The GE Area C workgroup released a final report at the conclusion of last semester. The workgroup seeks input on the report’s important findings and recommendations. Attend the College-wide Dialogue Continued FLEX session from 4-5Pm on January 9th in MUB 250 and join the conversation! As the GE Area C workgroup moves into the final phase(s) of the assessment processes, GE Area work groups E and A are beginning their work. If you are the coordinator for a GE Area A or E course, look for communication from the workgroup explaining how your assessment activities may be integrated into college-wide assessments. These processes will refine our GE outcomes and reveal important learning trends. GE Area A work group information and courses are here. GE Area E workgroup and course information is here.
Assessment Specific FLEX workshops
Many FLEX Day work shops provide important professional development on assessing student learning. From 1-2PM in SCI 136, participants are introduced to Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs). From 2-4 in Rosenberg 304, learn more about Program level Assessments. During the 4-5 hour choose between the Institutional Level Assessment work shop in MUB 250 or the Mapping Assessments to Course SLOs session in Science 136. Many other sessions make strong connections to student learning data. The Spring 2014 FLEX program is here.
This semester the Drop-in help lab will move both its time and location. Drop-in help lab is now on TUESDAYs from 1-2 PM in Cloud 208B.
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