Evidence of Student Learning
At San Diego Miramar College, evidence of student learning is multi-faceted. Student learning is measured using assessment of student learning outcomes, as well as student achievement data and institution-set standards for performance. The results of outcomes assessment activities include both indirect (e.g. surveys) and direct (e.g. portfolio) student learning. This evidence is available at different levels throughout the College, as seen below.
Evidence of Student Learning at the Institutional Level
As discussed in detail on the Assessment Plans webpage, the College has developed a method for gathering evidence of student learning college wide by mapping course, program, and service unit outcomes data to institutional outcomes and by distributing a student survey. Together, the results of this assessment were presented to the College using the ISLO Assessment Summary Fall 2015. The College used the direct mapping feature in Taskstream to identify outcomes college wide that support one of Miramar College's 4 Institutional Student Learning Outcomes.
Success rates for mapped outcomes can be seen below:
|Outcome Type||ISLO 1||ISLO 2||ISLO 3||ISLO 4|
|# CSLOs mapped||492||530||322||444|
|Percent meet or exceed acceptable target||77%||78%||81%||80%|
|# PSLOs mapped||121||189||38||116|
|Percent meet or exceed acceptable target||74%||75%||58%||73%|
|# Student Services SUOs mapped||0||6||6||0|
|Percent meet or exceed acceptable target||0||100%||100%||0|
|# Instructional Support SUOs mapped||0||16||14||0|
|Percent meet or exceed acceptable target||0||69%||57%||0|
|# Administrative Services AUOs mapped||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Percent meet or exceed acceptable target||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
In addition, the College gathered student perception data on whether the students felt they had successfully achieved the ISLOs during their time at San Diego Miramar College. Based on the structure of the Fall 2014 Miramar Institutional Student Learning Outcomes Survey, survey data was collected in the following areas:
- ISLO-2: Intellectual and Practical Skills
- Communication: The majority of the respondents (72%) felt that the courses taken at San Diego Miramar College had improved their communication skills.
- Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: More than half of the respondents (60%) felt that courses taken at San Diego Miramar College increased their understanding and ability to use mathematical concepts. The majority of respondents (74%) felt that course work enabled them to understand and use problem-solving strategies and critical thinking in their everyday life.
- Information Literacy: The majority of respondents (69%) felt that they have developed technology skills during their time at San Diego Miramar College.
- ISLO-3: Personal and Social Responsibility
- The majority of the respondents felt that courses at San Diego Miramar College had encouraged them to understand (71%), respect and converse (72%) about the viewpoints, values, or customs of other world cultures
- More than half of the respondents (54%) attended events or activities that had increased their understanding of other cultures, values, and customs.
Evidence of Course and Program Student Learning
Using Taskstream, the College is able to collect evidence of course-level and program-level student learning, including percentages of students meeting both acceptable and ideal targets, as well as resource requests and actions for improvement associated with the SLO data. This information is also reviewed by departments during the Program Review process. The below evidence was prepared using the 2013-2015 Student Learning Outcomes Assessment cycles. The current assessment cycles run from 2015-2018 and evidence will be updated at that time.
Evidence of Student Services Learning Outcome Achievement
Using Taskstream, the College is able to collect evidence of student services student learning. This information is also reviewed by departments during the Program Review process. The below evidence was prepared using the 2013-2014 Student Services Outcomes Assessment cycle. Until 2015, the student services assessment cycle was annual. The current assessment cycle runs from 2015-2018 and evidence will be updated at that time.
Evidence of Instructional Support Service Unit Outcome Achievement
Using Taskstream, the College is able to collect evidence of achievement of service unit outcomes in instructional support service areas. The below evidence was prepared using the 2015-2016 Instructional Support Services Outcomes Assessment cycle. The assessment cycle is annual in this area.
Evidence of Student Learning through Student Achievement Data
San Diego Miramar College uses multiple methods to capture evidence of student learning. Evidence of student learning with respect to student achievement can be found in the following:
- Miramar Fact Book:The Fact Book is a publication of the SDCCD Office of Institutional Research and Planning for San Diego Miramar College. It provides information on student enrollment, demographics, and student achievement outcomes.
- Strategic Plan Assessment Scorecard:The Strategic Plan Assessment Scorecard (SPAS) was developed based on the Balanced Scorecard (BSC) (Kaplan & Norton, 1992) methodology. The BSC is a measurement and strategic management tool designed to translate the mission statement and strategies into specific, measurable benchmarks. It helps define and measure institutional effectiveness and provides evidence of student learning in the context of student achievement.