Learning Outcomes for courses are published in a variety of documents that include all course syllabi, course outlines of record, and program review reports. The five-year program review cycle as well as the annual program review process assures that learning outcomes are assessed regularly and systematically to support student learning and achievement. All SLOs for every course will be assessed at least once within the five-year program review cycle.
Course level learning outcomes are the foundation for outcomes and assessment at the program, degree and certificate, and general education levels. These linkages assure that students who complete programs achieve stated outcomes.
Course-level SLO Assessment Defined
SLOs for the classroom describe the knowledge, skills, abilities or attitudes that a student can demonstrate by the end of a course.
Assessment is an evaluation of student success in acquiring/demonstrating specific behaviors or skills. It is an ongoing process designed to monitor and improve student learning. Faculty explicitly define what they want students to learn, verify that the curriculum is designed to foster that learning, collect empirical data that indicate the extent of the learning, and use these data improve the program.
-Allen, Mary J. Assessing General Education Programs. Jossey-Bass, San Franciso, 2006. P. 1.
Student Services, Instructional Support, and Institutional Support
Service Area SLOs are statements that identify the program or department’s client, service provided, and the experience or service that the department provides. Service Area SLOs identify critical and central services, processes, and function expected of a program or department and the desired quality (timeliness, accuracy, responsiveness, effectiveness, etc.).
SLO Reporting Form
SLO Reporting Form Instructions