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Santa Rosa Junior College has been involved in Student Learning Outcomes assessment since 2005, but such a large institution, the process has been complex and evolving. It’s natural that questions should arise. Take a look below and see if your question is listed below, and if not—or if you need a more detailed answer, or you just want to talk to a person!—don’t hesitate to contact one of the Student Learning Outcomes Coordinators:
Where can I get help writing SLOs and entering them into the Course Outline of Record?
Read over the page called More About Writing Course SLOs. Then work with your department chair to determine who will be input into the CATS curriculum database. For support in any part of the process, contact one of the SLO Coordinators.
How do we assess our major? Unlike the CTE (occupational) programs, we can’t tell how many students in any single class are majors. It seems impossible to track them all down and come up with an assessment for our major SLOs.
Yes, given our limited time and resources, it is nearly impossible to directly assess the SLOs of some majors. You should instead assess the major cumulatively, or “from the bottom up.” Use the major’s program map (Word doc) to do this. The map indicates which courses relate to which SLOs of the major. When you’ve completed assessing the SLOs of all the courses, you have essentially assessed all the SLOs. This can be represented in the righthand column of the map, which lists the dates when the SLOs for each course were assessed. This may take several semesters, but the department’s progress towards assessment of the major can at least be documented on the form and in the PRPP.
Also, you do not have to document the assessment of every restricted elective course. A sample of two or three would be adequate. See the Certificate/Major Assessment page for more details.
How often do we have to assess a course?
There are several answers to this question, so you can choose the one most appropriate for your situation.
What exactly happens after I finish assessing a course? Does my report just go out into the ether?
It’s important that departments make the time and effort involved in assessment worthwhile by “closing the loop” after results are analyzed. The dialogue and actions in response to assessment results are an essential component of the assessment cycle.
What happens next depends on the assessment report’s conclusions and recommendations.
What exactly is each instructional department supposed to be doing in terms of SLO assessment?
The overall College expectation is that every department’s plan for its “regular cycle of assessment” is underway. This is demonstrated by accomplishing the following:
Creating a plan that documents courses programs that have been assessed and will be assessed over a 3-6 year cycle. This plan is kept with the department’s records and is usually shared with the supervising administrator.
What exactly needs to be turned in to the Supervising Administrator, and when?
The department chair informs the Supervising Administrator about the plan for course and certificate/major assessment. The final report of a department’s progress in its plan is submitted as part of the PRPP in the spring.
What exactly is the obligation of full-time faculty?
For some departments, this may mean that every full-time instructor is involved in an assessment every semester. For smaller departments with fewer courses that still need assessing, this may mean that only certain full-time faculty are involved each semester.
How are adjunct faculty involved?
Part-time faculty are invited to participate in SLO assessment with department support, but their involvement is entirely voluntary.
When will we be able to submit our assessment reports online?
The system for online reporting through SharePoint is available for use now at the Project Learn SharePoint site.
Where can I get more information?
Read through pages on this Web site for most of the basics. For further clarification or to consult about your specific questions, contact an SLO Coordinator.