Responses from other faculty who have critiqued these SLOs.

Upon completing this course or program students will:

  1. Improve their ability to read, listen to, and/or follow directions.

    Faculty were concerned that they had no idea what class this was for.
    General comments: It is hard to measure "improve" without pre and post testing.
    Are the students only going to listen OR follow directions?
    The whole concept is vague and unclear, what must the students do?.
     What criteria would be used for this?
    While we would all like to see this in our courses, is it an overarching outcome for any other than basic skills courses?
    Overall, most faculty agreed this is a poorly written SLO for many reasons.
     
  2. Design experiments and interpret data according to the scientific method in order to evaluate a hypothesis. 

    This SLO has jargon and hidden expectations.
    After discussion with other science faculty the SLO was rewritten to read Design experiments and interpret data according to the scientific method in order to evaluate a hypothesis.  This includes the ability to: (a) approach the scientific method in a variety of ways; (b) formulate questions; (c) design experiments that answer the questions; and (d) manipulate and evaluate the experimental data to reach conclusions.
     

  

  1. Write papers that

o       develop a thesis

o       present coherent and logical claims

o       are organized with clear links between claims and support

o       are well developed with sufficient and relevant evidence

o       use standard American English correctly

o       make stylistic choices in persona, syntax, and diction

o        gauge the needs of and address a specific audience

    This is specific but some of the language is unclear.
    What is standard American English?
    Good measurable outcome criteria.
    Clear direction for the students.

  1. Faculty and staff will demonstrate knowledge of disabilities and accommodations and services available for students in the Disabled Student Program & Services.

  Who are the students here?
    This is measurable, but could be written with more specific expectations.
    What are the criteria?

  1. Demonstrate social responsibility.

    Too general, no way to measure outcomes.
    What does this mean anyway, terms are unclear.