Institutional Learning Outcome Assessments
Assessment of Learning Committee Institutional Learning Outcomes Assessment Process
Since its inception, the Assessment of Learning Committee (ALC) worked as a 25-member body to design, develop, and implement Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILO) assessments at the College. Lengthy discussions related to ILOs were the major focus of most meetings.
After evaluating the results of the initial assessments (faculty and student surveys), the ALC made the following conclusions:
- The current method of assessment was not the most effective method for gathering authentic data that relates to student learning and how faculty can improve it
- The ALC could utilize its general meeting times more effectively.
In order to improve the assessment process, the ALC decided to form ILO subgroups or “Expert Groups” of ALC members and faculty /staff from the campus at large to spearhead each ILO assessment. The premise was that this group would have the background and expertise associated with the particular ILO and would be able to work more efficiently as a smaller task force. Although the Expert Groups were required to keep the ALC informed of its actions, it would allow the ALC to focus on additional important issues related to the overall SLO and PLO assessment processes on campus.
In Spring 2013, the first ILO Expert Group successfully completed the assessment of ILO 6 - Information and Technology Literacy. The methodology and results of this assessment can be found below.
ILO 6 - Information and Technology Literacy - Assessment Results (Spring 2013)
The next ILO Assessment - ILO 1 Content Knowledge - will be conducted in Spring 2013.
Previous Assessment Plans and Reports
The college assesses its ILOs in a four-year cycle.
ILO 5 - Community and Collaboration - Assessment Results (Fall 2012)
ILO 4 - Professional and Personal Growth - Assessment Results (Spring 2012)
ILO 3 - Critical, Creative, and Analytical Thinking - Assessment Results (Spring 2011)
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ILO 2 - Communication and Comprehension - Assessment Results (Fall 2010)
ILO Alignment Process
During Spring Flex Day 2010, the college faculty mapped their courses and programs to the College's institutional learning outcomes (ILOs). Using a scale of 1-4 (1 = least important and 4 = very important) faculty were asked to rate how strongly each ILO was related to each of the program's courses. By doing this, the College has been able to assess the first three ILOs by focusing on courses that are very important to the institutional learning outcome.
The completed alignments are below organized by division.
- Behavior Social Sciences (American Studies, Anthropology, Child Development, Economics, Education/Liberal Studies, Ethnic Studies, Global Studies, History, Human Development, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Women's Studies)
- Business (Business, Computer Information System, Law, Real Estate)
- Fine Arts (Art, Communication Studies, Dance, Film Video, Music, Photography, Theater)
- Health Science and Athletics (Kinesiology Athletics, Kinesiology Fitness/Wellness, Kinesiology Theory, Nursing, Radiological Technology, Recreation, Respiratory Care, SRC/Adapted Physical Education, Sign Language/Interpreter Training)
- Humanities (Academic Strategies, English, ESL, Foreign Language, Journalism)
- Industry and Technology (Administration of Justice, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, Architecture, Auto Collision Repair/Painting, Automation, Robotics, and Manufacturing, Automotive Technology, Computer Aided Design/Drafting, Construction Technology, Cosmetology, Electronics and Computer Hardware Technology, Fashion, Fire and Emergency Technology, Welding)
- Mathematical Sciences (Math, Computer Science, Pre-Engineering)
- Natural Sciences (Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Health Sciences, Horticulture, Physics)