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Background and Rationale for Assessment
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Assessment Tools and Data
Closing the Loop
Budgeting, Planning, and Improving
Principles of Good Assessment
Implementing Assessment Training on
References & Resources
Using Materials from
Closing the Loop
The purpose of assessment is primarily improvement. In
order for improvement to occur, the assessment loop must be closed.
Without closing the loop this simply becomes another externally mandated
requirement, serving only for accountability. The good news is
that closing the loop does produce rather immediate results,
particularly in courses. As you begin to
work with assessment practices you will find that it is also a valuable
tool to promote learning, not only in the classroom, but amongst faculty
modify, or review a curriculum, course, program, or service.
modify Student Learning Outcomes SLOs
Measure Student Learning as a result of the Curriculum, Course, or
discuss, and analyze data.
refinements based on outcomes data.
Closing the Assessment
Dr. Barbara Beno at ACCJC-WASC shared this diagram to provide a picture
of the iterative processes involved in assessment and the holistic impact
on institutional effectiveness.
Measurable Performance Criteria
Collection, Analysis of Evidence
Evaluation : Interpretation of
Institutional Effectiveness Cycle: Assessment for
Quality Assurance By Gloria Rogers
It is better to close the loop on a single SLO than to
partially assess all SLO. For this reason you should focusing on one or
two SLOs. For some faculty that may mean one or two SLOs per course, and
one or two program SLOs and if the faculty member is involved in
institutional assessment, another one or two SLOs.
The key for faculty is recording the data immediately.