Learning Outcomes Assessment
Learning Outcomes Assessment is the measurement of
core student knowledge, habits, traits and values.
- Measureable outcomes exist at the course, program and institutional
- Students are assessed at the course-level.
- At least three (3) course learning outcomes
(CLOs) are utilized every time a course is assessed.
- For each CLO, every section of the course uses the same
- A single, common
rubric is utilized to score every student.
- Utilizing the same tool and rubric ensures comparability of student
performance across all course sections.
Unlike final course grades, which do not necessarily provide this "apples
to apples" comparability, CLO data provides a "level playing
field", promoting faculty discussion and analysis that lead to genuine, authentic
and course-wide instructional delivery and support improvements. For both the course and program, this improves
student learning, performance and achievement.
- Every program has program learning outcomes
- There are seven (7)
institutional level outcomes, called core competencies (CCs).
- At the course-level, data collection occurs at
the conclusion of course learning experiences.
- Other than the CAT test which measures our critical thinking
core competency directly, program and institutional outcome assessment is created by mapping from the course level.
- Student service programs and administrative units use
measurable outcome to assess their performance.
Student service programs utilize SLOs (student learning outcomes) and
SAOs (Service Area Outcomes) while administrative units use AUOs
(Administrative Unit Outcomes).