Assessing Student Learning in Higher Education

Section 1

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
Vehicle for Implementation
The Core Committee
Assessment Audit
Campus-wide Logistics

Training Leaders
Campus Training
Closing the Loop
 Sustaining Assessment

Section 9
References & Resources



Using Materials from this Website


Step 7: Close the LOOP and adjust campus processes

Incorporate SLOs in the curriculum documents of record.

Modify program review to include assessment reporting.

Use the checklist to evaluate your assessment plan.

Identify needed improvements and implement them.

Deploy institutional resources to achieve planned improvements in student learning.

Communicate the effects (improved learning, curriculum, pedagogy) at key campus events

Require documentation of strategies to, or evidence of, improved learning each year (unit reports). Writing things down is the hardest part. Provide templates or models. This creating a summary report is essential to the reflective aspect of closing the loop.

Proceed to Sustaining Assessment

Resources and Links

Lane College
examples of Outcomes  implementation

Download the checklist to evaluate your assessment plan.


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