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Current SLO Structure

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Effective Fall 2015

Starting in fall 2015, there were three significant changes to the way in which SLOs are handled on campus

1. Three SLO Coordinators were appointed to more effectively carry out the responsibilities of SLO assessment. 

Instead of having just one SLO Coordinator for the entire campus, we appointed three to be responsible for the following areas:

  1. CSLOs (Course SLOs)
  2. PSLOs (Program/Pathway SLOs)
  3. SLO Outreach

This division of responsibilities provides a much more manageable process for coordinating all SLO activities on campus, and enables the SLO Coordinators to interact more broadly with the campus community.  Also, one of the Coordinators is the chair of the Outcomes Assessment Committee (OAC), a tier-three work group composed of members from throughout the College.

From fall 2017, SLO Outreach has been incorporated into CSLOs and PSLOs activities.

2. The process of random sampling was replaced with total assessment.

Even though random sampling with a high percentage of sections can provide reliable data, we wanted assurance that all members of the College community were involved in SLO assessment.  As a result, all courses are assessed at least once every three years.  Now, all faculty members are required to conduct an SLO assessment for each of their courses, including a "Reflection" about the assessment tool, the results that were achieved, and any changes that need to be made to improve the way students master the communication, critical thinking and other skills for the course.

3. eLumen was implemented as the SLO assessment management system.

To facilitate the process of collecting and disseminating assessment data, we implemented eLumen, an SLO assessment management system used by other colleges within the State and the District.  The Coordinators conduct a number of meetings with department chairs and faculty each semester to provide instruction and guidance on how eLumen works and the types of reports it can generate. In addition, the OAC website was updated to include details about the SLO assessment process, including instructional videos and materials.

Our Commitment to SLO Assessment

We have defined our commitment to SLO assessment in four main areas:

  • Faculty Evaluations.  All full-time and adjunct classroom faculty are required to participate in SLO assessment and must include approved SLOs on their syllabi.
     
  • Hiring Prioritization.  Being current with SLO assessments is one of three factors that determine the level of prioritization a department will receive for hiring.
     
  • Viability of Departments.  Failing to maintain completion rates of SLO assessments above a specific percentage is one of the "triggers" of an intervention from the Program Effectiveness & Planning Committee (PEPC).
     
  • Approval of New or Modified Courses. All submissions for new courses or modifications to existing courses must include an SLO Addendum, which describes the SLO, the Assessment Activity (Assessment Tool), and the Assessment Measure.

We have made every effort to integrate SLOs throughout the College and to demonstrate how important they are to us, and will continue to review and improve the way SLOs are used to improve curriculum and services.