|PLANNING AN ASSESSMENT CYCLE
student service area and administrative unit outcomes assessment cycles
should follow their Comprehensive Program Review cycles.
every single outcome must be measured every single semester or
year. Disciplines, student service areas, and administrative
can choose how to space out their assessments of outcomes between
Comprehensive Program Review Cycles.
Academic Comprehensive Program
Review cycle is every three (3) years.
Comprehensive Program Review cycle is every six (6)
Southwestern College’s Procedures 4350, there are two guidelines to
follow when designing outcomes assessment work plans.
To organize outcomes assessment
work plans all disciplines, student service areas and administrative
units should complete the Outcomes Assessment TimelineThis timeline is part of the Program Review
should be reviewed and updated each year.
- Disciplines, student service areas and
administrative units should participate in the assessment process every
year disciplines, student service areas and administrative units should
update their outcome assessment work plans and outcomes assessment
progress in Program Review.
outcomes are simply goals. They state, specifically, the ends
process (rather than the means) that should be met.
academics there exists a gap between what students are taught and what
students can do with what they have learned. Student learning
outcomes attempt to bridge this gap by placing more focus on what
students can do with information learned once they leave the classroom,
campus service area or college after graduation rather than on the
completion of specific objectives.
outcomes measure “the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and habits
of mind that students have and take with them when they successfully
complete a course or program” (Suskie, p. 23).
outcomes “identify what students should demonstrate,
represent, or produce because of what and how they have learned” (Maki,
is the difference between outcomes and
these terms are used inconsistently in the literature, and many use the
terms interchangeably. Some objectives are written in outcome
language (as is required in Course Outlines of Record at
can be confusing. One way of understanding the difference is
- State what
students will be able to do with what they learn
- Provide evidence of skills students have
- State and list what student should learn
- State and list what students will be taught
are achieved when students can demonstrate that they have mastered what
was learned through testing, performance, or other means.
At Southwestern College, there are several types of outcomes that need
to be assessed:
At the top of the hierarchy is Institutional
Student Learning Outcomes. All outcomes must link directly to one of
the ISLOs at Southwestern College.
college community creates a complete learning environment that
facilitates student success. Student success does not only
in a classroom. CSLOs, PSLOs and AUOs all work in tandem to
students achieve ISLOs by the time they graduate or transfer from