SLO Process

The Behavioral Sciences Department SLO process exists at the Course and the Department level. We developed a SLO process, because we want our programs (the classes and other services we provide) to be as effective as possible and our students to feel good about their experiences in our department.

What is our process?

  1. Initially we developed a mission/vision statement, and plan to contnuously review and update our course outlines with particular attention to the major learning outcomes (i.e., student learning outcomes or SLOs).  We are in the process of developing assessment techniques for:
    a. The Department as a whole, incorporating each of our programs (Anthropology, Psychology, and Sociology)
    b. Each of our courses
    c. Our majors (AA-Transfer Degree in Psychology, Anthropology and Sociology)
  2. We are implementing a process for continual review of our mission/vision statement and student learning outcomes (refining them and changing them to meet modern and updated understanding of the topics we teach as well as the needs of the community).
  3. We will use our assessment methods to gather data on and continually review our effectiveness at achieving our mission and goals. Where we fall short, develop new services, ideas, teaching techniques etc. to better achieve our goals.

Implementation and who's responsible?

  1. Our SLO process -- including department mission/vision and SLOs -- is available online through our the Department website and is maintained and updated by the Department Chair yearly based on faculty feedback.  The Department Chair is the defacto SLO Coordinator for the department, despite several requests in Program Review to set aside release time for SLO coordinating activities.
  2. We have assigned a Course Manager for each course. The Course Manager works with all the faculty who teach a particular course to regularly (each semester) assess the effectiveness of a variety of the student learning outcomes in the class and "brainstorm" ways to improve as necessary.  The Course Manager is ultimately responsible for any changes to the Course Outline.  Note: Instructors of solo-section classes are the defacto Course Managers in our department and conduct the SLO assessments as they see fit, collaborating with other colleagues where value can be added.
  3. We recently developed mapping to CCSF-graduation-requirement courses and mappings of the course objectives to the GE Outcomes for the appropriate area and conduct dialogs among the faculty of those courses to assess these connections.
  4. Program SLOs are maintained and managed by the Department Chair who works in consultation with full-time and part-time faculty, who are in charge of the assessment protocols and facilitating department dialog.
  5. We discuss the SLO process and progress at our department meetings each semester.  Each program has periodic meetings throughout the year, and SLOs are discussed at each of these.  Department faculty regularly discuss SLOs and general class improvements through shared email conversations or informal meetings.  This fall 2012 semester, discussions focused on developing additional transfer majors in Anthropology and Sociology.  Data for SLOs and discussion notes are summarized in annual feedback forms and stored in the departmental office.

SLO DISCUSSION AND DOCUMENTATION

  1. We discuss the SLO process and progress at our department meetings each semester.
  2. Each program has periodic meetings throughout the year, and SLOs are discussed at each of these.
  3. Department faculty regularly discuss SLOs and general class improvements through shared email conversations  or informal meetings.
  4. This fall 2012 semester, discussions focused on developing additional transfer majors in Anthropology and Sociology.
  5. DATA for SLOs and discussion notes are summarized in faculty annual feedback forms and stored in departmental offices.