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Curriculum Committee

Outcome Assesment Committee (OAC)

Formerly SLO Subcommittee.

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Background

In 2002, the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) established new accreditation guidelines focusing on Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs). Under these guidelines, success is seen as students leaving courses and programs with integrated higher learning skills that they can demonstrate.  Faculty are required to define SLOs for each course and program, design assessments that will allow students to demonstrate what they learned, evaluate those assessments, and use the information for improvement.  In addition, every area on campus needs to define and assess how what they do contributes to student learning, either directly through SLOs or indirectly through service outcomes.

Mission

The Outcomes Assessment Committee oversees and coordinates SLO efforts at the campus level. Responsibilities include proposing policies and processes, developing and assessing college-wide program outcomes, and supporting and reviewing the assessment of course and service outcomes. The Committee promotes campus-wide understanding and integration of SLOs, facilitating campus dialogue to enhance institutional effectiveness and the continuous improvement of student learning. Instructional policy items are brought to the Academic Senate and all items are brought to the Program Effectiveness and Planning Committee.

 

Revised Fall, 2018