Every course that appears in the catalog needs an assessment plan on file with the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment that includes:
- At least two SLOs for each course
- Assessments of record for each SLO – a department developed common type of assessment and the evaluation criteria
- A cycle of assessment for each course determined by faculty who teach the course and the needs of the department.
- Courses offered in both fall and spring should be assessed in fall and results reported in spring.
Each course SLO must be assessed at least once during a three-year cycle
Example: A course has three SLOs. The course is offered annually. The department decides which SLO will be assessed in year one. They may assess all SLOs in year one or only a selected SLO. If they assess only SLO # 1 in the first year, they must assess SLOs # 2 and 3 in the subsequent years so that all three SLOs are assessed by the end of the three-year cycle.
- A course that is not taught annually must assess all SLOs when that course is offered.
- Departments decide to assess all sections of a course or a sample of sections. For information about determining this, the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment may be of help.
- Results of assessments must be reported to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment on the 5 column reporting form:
- SLOs and assessment progress should be a regular topic of discussion at department meetings. An in-depth dialog about the improvement of student learning and teaching as a result of assessment should occur annually and be recorded in the department meetings minutes.
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