Student Learning Outcomes and Assessment Cycle

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The Student Learning Outcomes and Assessment initiative at Cañada College is led by the Student Learning Outcome Advisory Committee, under the auspices of the Academic Senate and the Senate's Curriculum Committee. Faculty and Student Service staff use a team approach toward developing student learning outcomes and assessments for their courses and the programs at the college. Along with the Curriculum Committee, the Student Learning Outcomes Coordinator led the effort to develop the institutional and program level student learning outcomes.

Cañada's SLOAC Philosophy, as adopted by the Academic Senate in 2006

What are Goals?

  • Goals are broad statements about educational purpose for a specific lesson, course, program or institution.
  • For example, at the institutional level, it can be the mission statment. At the course level, the goal can answer the question, "Why do I have to take this class?"

What are Student Learning Outcomes?

  • Student Learning Outcomes are explicit statements describing knowledge, skills, abilities, and attitudes that a student will be able to demonstrate at the end (or as a result) of his or her engagement in a particular lesson, course, program, or collegiate experience.
  • Student Learning Outcomes address the learning from the student's point of view: "At the end of this course, the student will be able to ... "

What are Objectives?

  • Objectives represent valuable skills, tools, or content the enable a student to engage a particular subject. The focus is on content and skill important within the classroom or program; what the staff and faculty will do.
  • Objectives can often be numerous, specific, and detailed. Assessing and reporting on each objective for each student may be impossible.

What are Assessments?

Assessments are methods that an institution employs to gather evidence and evaluate quality.
-- ACCJC Standards Glossary

Assessment is the systematic collection of information about student learning and the use of that information to improve the learning and teaching process in the classroom, department and general education programs.
-- Janice Denton (Effective Grading by Walvoord & Anderson)