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Student Learning Outcomes and Assessment

As an institution, Miramar College is committed to evaluating the experience we offer to students obtaining a degree or certificate on our campus.  As such, we have developed Institutional Student Learning Outcomes (ISLOs), to ensure that the desired outcomes and goals fo the students are being achieved.  The below ISLOs are a modified version of the AAC&U Essential Learning Outcomes, which were developed as part of the AAC&U's Liberal Education and America's Promise campaign, designed to identify outcomes that prepare students for twenty-first-century challenges.  These 4 ISLOs provide the guiding framework for student learning, support and service level outcomes at all levels of our institution:

ISLO 1:  Knowledge of Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World

Study in sciences, mathematics, social sciences, humanities, histories, language and the arts, or a specialized field of study

ISLO 2:  Intellectual and Practical Skills


Critical Thinking

Problem Solving

Quantitative Literacy

Information Literacy

ISLO 3:  Personal and Social Responsibility

Local and global civic knowledge and engagement

Intercultural knowledge and competence

Ethical reasoning and action

Foundations and skills for lifelong learning

Pursuit of high quality collegiate educational and extracurricular experiences

Successful navigation of the postsecondary education system to achieve educational goal(s)

ISLO 4:  Integrative and Applied Learning

Synthesis and advanced accomplishment across general or specialized studies

Demonstration of applied skills required for the student’s chosen career field

How are Student Learning Outcomes and Assessment related to Student Success?

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 course 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 Outcomes 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 and success.

For non-instructional areas, faculty and staff use a similar model of assessing Student Service or Administrative Unit Outcomes to determine if the goals of those departments and areas are being achieved as well.

To ensure student success on our campus, we have deveoped an Operational Plan for Outcomes and Assessment at Miramar College as well as a calendar for assessment activities, which can be accessed here:

Where are Outcome Statements and Assessment Plans located?

For Faculty and Staff, Course, Program, Student Services, and Administrative Services Outcome and Assessment Plans can be found on the Taskstream Website.  Please contact your SLO Liaison, Department Chair/Supervisor or the College-Wide Outcomes and Assessment Facilitator for access if you do not currently have an account. Once you have access, you can also obtain college specific resources guides to help with assessment, which are found in the Training Module on your homepage.

For Students, Course SLOs are listed on each individual syllabus by the instructor for that section of the course.  Institutional, GE,  and Program SLOs are published in the Miramar College Catalog.

Where can I view results of Outcomes Assessment?

Faculty, staff, administrators, students and the public have access to periodic reports on Outcome and Assessment.  You may select from the following reports:

What additional resources are available to assist with developing Learning Outcomes and Assessment Plans?

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:

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INTERNAL Resources

We have created several manuals and instructional guides that are specific to the process of outcomes and assessment at Miramar College. Below you can find guides to accessing Taskstream, creating course and program assessment workspaces in Taskstream, and developing program outcomes and assessment plans. In addition, since outcome assessment is now an integral part of program review, there is an instructional guide for program review listed here as well. These guides can also be found in the Taskstream "Training Area":

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 Dennis Sheean
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
Darrel Harrison Duane Short
Child Development Child Development Dawn DiMarzo Debbie Lewis
Arts and Humanities Art
Mark Hertica VACANT
ECWL English
Communication Studies
World Languages Studies
Sheryl Gobble
Ken Reinstein
Ken Reinstein
Social and Behavioral Sciences Social and Behavioral Sciences Dan Igou VACANT
Exercise Science, Health, Nutrition Exercise Science Nick Gehler Kevin Petti
Math Math Francois Bereaud Julia Gordon
Biological Sciences Biology
Medical Laboratory Tech
Andrew Lowe Andrew Lowe
Physical Sciences Chemistry
Physical Sciences
Linda Woods Becca Bowers-Gentry
Student Support Services   Adela Jacobson MaryAnn Guevarra
Instructional Support Services   Daniel Miramontez Val Sacro
Administrative Services   Brett Bell Denise Kapitzke

College-Wide Facilitator

  Laura Murphy

Laura W. Murphy, Ph.D.

College-Wide Outcomes and Assessment Facilitator

Professor of Biology


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