|ADMINISTRATIVE UNIT OUTCOMES
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)
|Steps to Assessing Administrative
Unit Outcomes (AUOs)
- Write (or revise) all outcomes.
- Use the Outcomes Assessment Timeline to select
which outcomes will be measured
selected outcomes to students.
services and support to help students
achieve selected outcomes
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)
data in unit office
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.
Plan(s) for Improvement
a meeting with colleagues, use analysis of
results to design a
plan or plans for improvement in student achievement of outcomes.
and revise rubric(s) and measurement
tool(s) as necessary.
plan(s) and reasoning for changes in
- Restart the assessment process.
- Describe results of new plan implementation in
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.