Assessing Student Learning in Higher Education

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Section 1
 Introduction

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
Setting the Stage
Defining Programs
Program SLOs
General Education Programs
Program Assessment Tools
Homegrown Program Assessment Tools
Program/Course Matrix
Program Review and Program Assessment
Sample Program Assessment Reports

 

Section 7
Closing the Loop
 

Section 8
Implementing Assessment Training on Campus

 

Section 9
References & Resources


Definitions

Workbook


Using Materials from this Website

Aligning Courses to Program SLOs

In the same way that we created a matrix in section 5 to evaluate our course activities with regards to SLOs, it is helpful to create a course matrix for the program SLOs.

After writing the Program SLOs, an analysis of where those SLOs are formatively (F) and summatively (S) addressed are plotted in a matrix.

Pre-Allied Health Program SLOs Matrix

 Course

SLO1

SLO2 

SLO3

SLO4

SLO5

Math D

 

 

 

 

 

Chemistry 11

F

 

F

F

F

Biology 14

F

 

 

F

F

Biology 15

 

S

F

S

 

Biology 16

S

 

S

 

 S

Medical Terminology

F

 

 

 

F

Examining SLOs using a matrix ensures that students have been introduced to the outcome, had formative feedback, and are summatively assessed concerning successful student learning. This process is somewhat more complicated when looking at GE outcomes across many disciplines, but essential

Can you identify potential problems inherent in this matrix? Link to matrix comments.

Proceed to Program Review and Program Assessment

Resources and Links

 

Janet Fulks
Assessing Student Learning in Community Colleges (2004), Bakersfield College
jfulks@bakersfieldcollege.edu    
07/11/2006