General workgroup process and guidelines

Assessment process main tasks

  • Evaluate existing mapping data for GE Area/ILO X and update as needed.
  • Review outcomes and refine as necessary to ensure continued value and appropriateness.
  • Review assessment data from previous semesters alongside completion rates.
  • Discuss and make recommendations for any potential improvements or next steps.
  • Facilitate college-wide discussion of the results and implementation of any recommendations.

Detailed process and timeline for ILO or GEO Area-X assessment

Semester before assessment

  • SLO Coordinators advertise workgroup and get folks to sign on and finalize workgroup 
  • SLO Coordinators update and prepare workgroup webpage and prepare for new assessment.

Semester 1

  • Month 1 (January or August): 
    • Workgroup meets with one SLO Coordinator and identifies chair and web page/minutes note taker.
    • Workgroup training on process, ARGOS, and CurricUNET. (CMS if necessary)
  • Month 2 (February or September):
    • SLO Coordinator runs mapping report within CurricUNET for GELOs or ILOs in Area X. *NOTE: GE Area assessments are combined with their corollary CSU/IGETC outcomes.*
    • Workgroup reviews existing mapping data for Area X and considers whether there are gaps and if so how to handle (might mean completing some mapping as a group).
    • Workgroup gathers data (numbers of students and % of students):
      • ARGOS for GE Areas only sliced for demographics
        • Completion data
        • SLO data 
        • Program data by Major (if relevant for GELOs that correspond to one of the Liberal Arts and Sciences degree)
      • CURRICUNET -- aggregated SLO data across multiple semesters (totals for mapped courses) -- for each GE/ILO area subelement -- gathered by SLO Coordinator.
    • Workgroup begins analysis of data
    • Workgroup begins discussion of outcomes and possible refinements.
  • Month 3 (March or October): 
    • Workgroup makes recommended refinements on the outcomes, if relevant, to ensure continued value and appropriateness.
    • Workgroup continues data analysis and discussion of possible recommendations if needed
    • Workgroup drafts report that includes summary of data (be sure to include numbers of students and % of students, within the GELO/ILO Area and compared to college as whole), analysis, and preliminary recommendations
  • Month 4 (April or November):
    • SLO Coordinators send out college-wide survey to get feedback on any proposed changes to the outcomes
    • Workgroup brings proposed outcome changes and draft report to SLO Committee for review
    • Workgroup brings proposed outcome changes to Academic Senate for review (see notes below)
    • If ILOs, workgroup brings proposed changes to Assessment Planning Team and through them gets PGC buy-in and ultimately BOT approval.
    • Workgroup finalizes outcomes.
    • GELOs only: workgroup facilitates discussion through college forum of existing draft report data and recommendations. Gathers feedback for final report.
  • Month 5 (May or December):
    • Workgroup completes a final evaluation report on the results and the process

Semester after assessment

  • SLO Coordinators and workgroup chair facilitates college-wide discussion of the results and suggested next steps
    • Brings report through Academic Senate for action
    • Brings report through Planning Committee for action
  • SLO Coordinators continue to process revision to outcomes (if still hasn't been completed)
    • After full sign off, goes to Catalog and CurricUNET for updates.
    • SLO Coordinator ensures that the SLO Dashboard is updated with final summary data and link to completed report.


Further details

  • Workgroup formation:
    • ILO workgroup is the SLO Committee.
    • Area X Workgroup formed in the semester PRIOR to the actual assessment semester. 
      • Workgroup members are volunteers from Area X faculty (volunteers solicited through emails sent by the SLO Coordinator to all Area X Course/Program Coordinators and Department Chairs with Area X courses/programs). 
      • Reasonable effort is made to include representatives from all departments. 
      • This workgroup is a subgroup of the SLO Committee and funnels its work up through them.
  • Web pages and minutes:
    • A workgroup/assessment web page is maintained and regularly updated with postings of all agendas and notes throughout the semester by a workgroup member identified with this responsibility at the start of the project.
  • Communication:
    • Results of workgroup efforts and meetings are shared with and discussed at the SLO Committee Meetings which are open to everyone. All workgroup reports are officially vetted and approved by this group before moving forward for dissemination.
    • GELO/ILO changes:
      • When the workgroup has completed its best effort at refining the GELOs or ILOs, the proposed new outcomes aare shared with the ENTIRE CCSF community through an online survey sent by email by the SLO Coordinator to the ENTIRE college. That survey is also linked from the front page of the SLO website.
      • In preparation for the Academic Senate Executive Council meeting, the proposed new GELOs or ILOs are submitted for review to the president of the Academic Senate Executive Council for incorporation into the next meeting. A plan is described at that point for the final round of review and approval, which includes:
      • At the first EC meeting, the chair of the workgroup appears in front of the EC to answer any questions and solicit feedback both in the time allotted on the agenda as well as through email afterward (up to Sunday night immediately following the meeting).
      • The following week, the workgroup reconvenes to discuss the feedback received, make any final tweaks based on that feedback, and produces its final version of proposed new GEOs or ILOs.
      • The final proposal is sent to the President of the EC, again for distribution ahead of time to all members of the EC and for inclusion on the agenda for the next meeting.
      • At the next meeting, the chair of the workgroup again returns to submit the final proposal to a vote. Prior to a vote, the chair answers any questions that still linger and that the agenda has time to allow (but NO changes will be made to the proposal on the floor). After discussion ends, the proposal is put up for a yea/nay vote.
        • YEA = yes we prefer the current version to the existing one
        • NAY = no, we reject the revised version and prefer the existing one
        • If yea, wins, the proposal next goes on to the Bipartite meeting for a similar review and discussion and approval
        • If nay wins, the GEOs or ILOs remain as is, and will come back for review 4 years later.
      • Updates to ILOs are reviewed as well by the Assessment Planning Team, and through them, the PGC and Board of Trustees before finalizing.
      • If GELOs or ILOs are added or modified, that information is shared with others officially so that:
        • SLO web pages and materials are updated
        • CurricUNET is updated
        • The CCSF catalog is updated
    • Final report and recommendations:
      • Sent first to Academic Senate Executive Council with a request for them to formally approve it as a report submitted by their subcommittee and thus available to be disseminated widely across the college for discussions by other committees to inform potential improvements. If any "formal recommendations" come from these discussions and they are 10+1 items, then they will have to return to the Academic Senate Executive Council for approval before moving forward. But that is the responsibility of the subcommittees.
      • After approval by Academic Senate Executive Council, the report is disseminated to the Planning Committee for discussion and the college as a whole. 
      • NOTE: In the case of the final report -- the report doesn't change based on Academic Senate or Planning Committee feedback. The report is submitted for discussion and next steps.


Click here to see Pre-Spring 2015 process