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ADMINISTRATIVE UNIT OUTCOMES

The assessment of Administrative Unit Outcomes (AUOs) is the process of systematically planning, implementing and evaluating student and administrative services in order to make decisions that improve student services and the learning environment created by Southwestern College. AUOs are statements describing what an administrative unit intends to accomplish or achieve in support of student learning. On some campus, people simply refer to AUOs as goals. AUOs are goals – a specific type of goals that are linked specifically to student learning and the student achievement of Institutional Student Learning Outcomes (ISLOs).

There are several purposes for assessing AUOs:
  • To provide feedback for improvement of a unit to benefit student learning.

  • To inform decision makers of the contributions and influence of a unit to the development and growth of students.

  • To prove what a unit is accomplishing.

  • To support decision making on campus (i.e., program review, strategic planning and budget decisions)
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Steps to Assessing Administrative Unit Outcomes (AUOs)
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Steps To Do
Write
Outcomes
  • Write (or revise) all outcomes.
  • Use the Outcomes Assessment Timeline to select which outcomes will be measured
Communicate
Outcomes
  • Communicate selected outcomes to students.
  • Provide services and support to help students achieve selected outcomes
Measure Outcomes and Collect Data
  • Create rubrics for measuring levels of student achievement of outcomes.
  • Design tools that align with rubrics that will accurately measure student achievement of outcomes.
  • Measure outcomes and collect aggregate data (collections of scores, not individual student scores)
Store Data
  • Store data in unit office
Meet to Discuss and Analyze Data
  • In a meeting with colleagues, analyze aggregated data (collections of scores, not individual student scores).
  • Describe results of analysis in Program Review.
Create Plan(s) for Improvement
  • In a meeting with colleagues, use analysis of results to design a plan or plans for improvement in student achievement of outcomes.
  • Review and revise rubric(s) and measurement tool(s) as necessary.
  • Describe plan(s) and reasoning for changes in Program Review.
Implement New Plan(s)
  • Restart the assessment process.
  • Describe results of new plan implementation in Program Review

In the collection of AUO data, it is imperative that student privacy is respected. When collecting, analyzing then reporting data, use aggregate data (a collection of scores), and avoid the tracking of individual students.

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