Child Development and Family Studies Department faculty engage in ongoing assessment of Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) on the course and program level, and have also participated in assessment of GEOs (General Education Outcomes) and ILOs (Institutional Level Outcomes) from 2012-2014.
The CDEV SLO Team of four meet biweekly and all faculty participate in the SLO assessment process each semester. They provide regular professional development opportunities to support faculty learning about the SLO process.
Course SLO Assessment
The majority of our courses are at Assessment Stage 5 and we are committed to continuing to close the loop: documenting our assessment of SLOs, naming the changes we are implementing as a result and measuring the impact of those changes.
The CDEV Department has implemented a three-year Course SLO Assessment Cycle in order for SLO assessment to provide meaningful data and yield significant changes to benefit student learning. Eventually, assessment of every SLO will be documented at least once every three years.
Faculty come together twice per year on all-college FLEX days to discuss the overall SLO assessment cylce, share assessment strategies and discuss the SLO Assessment Cycle. Furthermore, faculty communicate regularly with the other instructors teaching the same course to coordinate SLO assessment. documentation and changes. In past years, FLEX DAY discussions have resulted in outcomes including, shared curricular goals, course improvements, content changes and decisions to implement pre and co-requisites on specific courses. For instance, in the 2009-2012 school years, twelve new courses were created based on assessments related to student need. Ensuring that Department goals are incorporated into the Department Program Review closes the loop and allows for funding to be allocated to support student learning.