Assessing Student Learning in Higher Education

Section 1
Intro Part 2
Course Topics
Training SLOs Training Tools
Training Strategies

Section 2
Background and Rationale for Assessment

Section 3
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Section 4
Assessment Tools and Data

Section 5
Course Assessment

Section 6
Program Assessment


Section 7
Closing the Loop

Section 8
Implementing Assessment Training on Campus


Section 9
References & Resources



Using Materials from this Website

Navigating the website

The navigation bar on the left provides an outline of the topics covered and expands to identify the page you are presently viewing with the topic highlighted in blue and marked with a red arrow. Double clicking on words in the body of the text that are underlined will link you to a definition.

The center section of each page presents the content for the topic at hand. Occasionally images will be used to identify and track a particular topic relevant to the main content being discussed. These images are linked to the main page concerning that topic and can be used to return to the introductory page about that topic by clicking on the image. For instance:
 Deep Learning is symbolized by             

The Learning Institution Paradigm by

And specific information for California Community Colleges by

The navigation bar on the right provides links to other resources that will enrich your understanding and introduce you to work by national experts in assessment. Do not get overly involved with these the first time through the material, it may be divert your attention from the main topic. After completing a section, you may want to refer back to the extra resources that interested you.

In addition, this symbol  is linked to a  WORD document that can be  modified and used as a handout for live faculty workshops. Please allow some time for the document to download.

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Course sections and topics

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Janet Fulks ( & Kate Pluta (
Assessing Student Learning in Community Colleges (2004), Bakersfield College