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Student Learning Outcomes and Assessment
What are Student Learning Outcomes and Assessment?
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) are statements about the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and/or abilities a student is expected to have upon successful completion of an academic activity (i.e. a class or program). They are different from a final grade generated in a class, in that the method of assessing the SLO is consistent for all students engaging in that particular activity. During SLO Assessment, faculty can determine whether students engaged in the activity are achieving the desired outcome, regardless of section or instructor, and identify ways to improve teaching and student learning.
For non-instructional areas, faculty and staff can use a similar model of assessing service unit outcomes to determine if the goals of those departments and areas are being achieved as well.
As an Institution, we are also committed to evaluating the experience we offer to students obtaining a degree on our campus. As such, we evaluate SLOs at the Institutional-level and for General Education, to ensure that the desired outcomes and goals of students are being achieved.
The Operational Plan for SLO and Assessment at Miramar can be accessed here:
Where can I find SLOs for my course or program?
For Faculty, Course SLOs are currently located on the SLOJet Website. Please contact your SLO Liaison, Department Chair, or the SLOAC Facilitator for access. For Students, Course SLOs are listed on each individual syllabus by the instructor for that section of the course.
Program SLOs are published in the Miramar College Catalog.
For non-instructional areas, please contact your Dean or Supervisor for access to your learning outcomes and assessment materials.
What resources are available to assist with learning outcomes and assessment?
Miramar College follows guidelines established by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) under the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) in regards to outcomes and assessment planning. The following are standards and resources developed by ACCJC, as well as the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges and the American Association of Colleges and Universities:
- ACCJC Accreditation Standards
- ACCJC Rubric for Evaluating Institutional Effectiveness
- ASCCC Guiding Principles for SLO Assessment
- AACU College Learning for the New Global Century
- Miramar has developed its own resources for development of course and program level SLOs:
In addition, all presentations and workshop material from convocations and college retreats can be accessed below:
- Fall 2013
- Convocation: A Sea Change at Miramar: Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Program Improvement
- SLO Liaison Orientation
- Spring 2013
Who can I contact for assistance with SLOs?
Miramar has developed a group of SLO Liaisons representing each department and service area. A list of current SLO Liaisons, Departments Chairs and Programs can be found below:
|Administration of Justice||Administration of Justice||Jordan Omans
|Fire Tech and EMT||Fire Protection Technology||Mary Kjartanson||John Salinsky|
|Automotive and Diesel||Automotive Tech
|Aeronautical and Aviation||Aviation Maintenance Tech
|David Buser||David Buser
Computer Business Tech
Computer and Info Science
|Wahid Hamidy||Lawrence Hahn|
|Child Development||Child Development||Dawn DiMarzo||Dawn DiMarzo|
|Arts and Humanities||Art
|Bob Fritsch||Bob Fritsch|
World Languages Studies
|Social and Behavioral Sciences||Social and Behavioral Sciences||Tom Schilz||VACANT|
|Exercise Science, Health, Nutrition||Exercise Science||Nick Gehler||Kevin Petti|
|Math||Math||Francois Bereaud||Julia Gordon|
Medical Laboratory Tech
|Marie McMahon||Andy Lowe|
|Linda Woods||Becca Bowers-Gentry|
|Student Support Services||Adela Jacobson||MaryAnn Guevarra|
|Instructional Support Services||Gerald Ramsey, Acting||VACANT|
|Administrative Services||Brett Bell||Denise Kapitzke|
|SLOAC Facilitator||Laura Murphy|
Laura W. Murphy, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology