Health Education faculty have been working together to assess student learning outcomes (SLO) across all programs and courses. Faculty have developed a system to document and monitor progress with course and program SLO assessment. The system includes: a template for course and program assessment, a database for tracking course outlines, and faculty coordinators to oversee multiple sections of general Health Education classes. Faculty participate in ongoing meetings at the program and course level to collaborate and share ideas on course content, evaluation measures and SLO assessment.
Health Education faculty have actively participated in the SLO assessment process with the goal of improving student achievement. The SLO assessment process encouraged faculty to collaborate more closely than ever on the development of curricula resources including pedagogical approaches, assignments and grading rubrics. Faculty are also increasingly engaging their students in explicit discussions about SLOs – how and why they are established, how they reflect standards of knowledge and practice in the fields of public health, medicine and mental health, and how to assess learning and mastery of core academic competencies.
What is Our Process?
1. We develop student learning outcomes and assessment techniques for
a) Each of our courses
b) The Health Education Major
c) The Metro Academy of Health program
d) Each of our eight (8) CTE programs
2. We pursue an assessment process that involves regular review of our department mission statement and all course and program student learning outcomes, refining them as necessary and in order to meet the needs of our students and the college community.
3. We employ assessment methods that allow us to gather data on and continually review our effectiveness at achieving our departmental program and course level goals.
4. When we fail to reach our goals or benchmarks, we develop new curricula, ideas, pedagogies, and support services to better meet our standards.
Implementation and Who Is Responsible?
1. Our SLO process—including department mission and course and program SLOs—is available online through the Department website and is maintained and regularly updated by the department.
2. The Department Chair and the newly formed Department Curriculum and SLO Committee will review course outlines and support faculty in SLO activities.
3. The Department has a Metro Academy of Health Coordinator who helps coordinate all aspects of the program and SLOS.
4. The Department has Coordinators for CTE certificate programs who oversee all aspects of programs and SLOs: Community Health Worker (includes Youth Worker and Post Prison Health Worker), Drug and Alcohol Studies, Health Care Interpreter, Community Mental Health, Infectious Disease Prevention in Priority in Populations and Nutrition Assistant.
5. The chair, in consultation with the Department Curriculum and SLO Committee, oversees the assessment of the Health Education Major.
5. We have assigned a Course Level Coordinator for courses with multiple sections. The Course Level Coordinators work with all faculty who teach a particular course to regularly assess the student learning outcomes in the class and brainstorm ways to improve as necessary.
6. We get continual feedback from department faculty on this entire process through FLEX meetings, and ongoing dialogue and discussion with faculty and coordinators.
What Resources Are Available to Our Students?
We do not believe that student learning outcomes are achieved solely through class time. In addition, we expect students to take advantage of the following resources provided to improve their learning:
A. The Link Center (MU301)
1. One-on-One mentoring
2. Waypass Program
3. Peer Care Management Program
4. Quiet Collaborative and Independent Study Space
5. Computer access
6. Loaner text books
B. College Study Skills workshops
C. Library Skills workshops
D. The Learning Assistance Center
E. Disabled Students Programs & Services
F. Class Insight (Moodle) pages
G. Faculty Office Hours
H. Participation in Service Learning Projects
I. Participation in ICC Club activities