An important aspect of our educational program is the ongoing analysis of how well our curriculum fulfills the ideals and goals of the college's mission, educational goals, and the expected learning outcomes articulated by each department and program. Analysis based on learning outcomes plays a crucial role in assessing our programs while maintaining faculty autonomy and creativity.
Each year departments and programs engage in an annual assessment of their expected learning outcomes. This assessment should drive development and implementation of curricula, and completing this assessment annually can support and inform Curriculum Committee reviews. The Student Learning Outcomes (S.L.O.) team (comprising the Associate Deans and Institutional Research staff) reviews reports and can offer feedback and resources to departments and programs.
The Assessment Report, due by June 30 each year, is an opportunity to describe how your department or program evaluates actual student learning outcomes in relation to expected outcomes and incorporates your assessments into curriculum planning.
Note: There is no assessment report due on June 30, 2018. Instead, please refer to the email sent to department and program chairs and directors regarding engaging in thinking and discussion about assessing student learning.
In your annual report please provide the following information:
Please note that effective, meaningful assessment of learning outcomes does not need to be burdensome. Whatever the process, establishing meaningful processes to discuss and act on data is key to the usefulness of outcomes assessment.
The S.L.O. team serves as a resource for data and information. Please feel free to reach out directly to any member of the team. They are available to support and advise about effective ways to approach this work.
Please contact Martin Jackson (firstname.lastname@example.org) or any member of the S.L.O. team with questions, comments, or concerns.
Thank you for your on-going assessment work.