History and Background of Assessment
Course and Program Assessment
Beginning with your Course
What do we Assess?
Gen Ed SLOs
Assessing Gen Ed
Department Based Strategies
Individual Faculty and Course Strategies
Using Materials from
These strategies target a campus-wide effort with
expectations made clear by both administration and faculty.
Because assessment directly impacts teaching and learning in the
classroom faculty must be the major drivers in determining outcomes,
testing tools, and reporting methods. However, no assessment effort will
survive without adequate and active administrative support regarding
funding, workload considerations, resources, and closing the loop.
Some campus-wide initiatives
start by assessing the General Education Curriculum, which cuts across
nearly every department or program. Initiatives at this level require
intensive cross disciplinary discussion and participation. General
Education is that course of study often referred to as Liberal Studies
or Inter-Disciplinary Studies. These are the core studies for most
discipline specific degrees. Initiating General Education Assessment
requires clearly defined Student Learning Outcomes for the General
Education Program of study.
Examples of General Education Student Learning
Outcomes from a variety of campuses.
Methods for General Education Programs
ACCJC-WASC Specific General Education Considerations
initiative approaches assessment from the Institutional Effectiveness
James O. Nichols
has produced numerous books on strategies that target an institutional
Intensive assessment institute training -
Modesto Junior College - Bill Scroggins
Institutional Effectiveness led implementation -
Bakersfield College - Chris Romanowich
Assessment Committee led implementation -
Southern Illinois UniversityEder, Suskie,