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?

External Resources

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:

In addition, all presentations and workshop material from convocations and college retreats can be accessed below:

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:

Department/Area Programs Chair/Spvr SLO Liaison
Administration of Justice Administration of Justice Jordan Omans
Steven Lickess
Fire Tech and EMT Fire Protection Technology Mary Kjartanson John Salinsky
Automotive and Diesel Automotive Tech
Diesel Tech
Joseph Young
Dan Wilkie
Mark Dinger
Aeronautical and Aviation Aviation Maintenance Tech
Aviation Operations
David Buser David Buser
Arnold Huntley
Business Accountancy
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
ECWL English
Communication Studies
World Languages Studies
Sheryl Gobble
Ken Reinstein
Ken Reinstein
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
Biological Sciences Biology
Medical Laboratory Tech
Marie McMahon Andy Lowe
Physical Sciences Chemistry
Physical Sciences
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.

SLOAC Facilitator

Professor of Biology


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