Use of Student Learning Evidence

San Diego Miramar College continues to develop its outcomes assessment process to provide the best possible evidence to be used in improving student success. As seen on the "Assessment Resources" webpage, the College has increased its focus on the continued development of outcomes assessment to make it useful and used:

Use of Student Learning Evidence at the Institutional Level: A Focus on Critical Thinking

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 analysis and discussion surrounding these results led to several important actions. College wide, the campus felt that to improve student success in the classroom and beyond, there needed to be an increase in focus and assessment on the student's ability to think critically. This led to the following:

  • Revision of the ISLO Survey tool to focus in on ISLO 2: Intellectual and Practical Skills, including a direct measurement of student learning and critical thinking.
  • College-wide focus on Critical Thinking in the design of Professional Development workshops and Planning Summits.
    • Spring 2017 Planning Summit (details to follow)
    • Critical Thinking workshops (details to follow)
    • Rubric Development workshops (details to follow)
  • Pilot SLO Disaggregation Study with a focus on Critical Thinking
    • MATH 38 Disaggregation- Pilot Project
    • IEPI SLO Disaggregation Study (details to follow)

Use of Student Learning Evidence in Courses and Programs

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. Based on the analysis of this evidence, faculty and staff can develop action plans that are created to maintain or increase student success in a particular area. These plans are integrated into Program Review to ensure that planning is grounded in SLO assessment. The following use of this evidence is shown for the last completed SLO cycles (2013- 2015):

Use of Outcomes Assessment Evidence in Non-Instructional Areas

Using Taskstream, the College is able to collect evidence of outcomes assessment in non-instructional areas, as well as in instruction. Based on the analysis of this evidence, both student learning outcomes (SLO) and service unit outcomes (SUO), faculty and staff can develop action plans that are created to maintain or increase student/ service unit success in a particular area. These plans are integrated into Program Review to ensure that planning is grounded in SLO/SUO assessment. The following use of this evidence is shown for the last completed SLO cycles:

Use of Outcomes and Assessment Evidence in Budget Resource Allocation and Planning

As the College aligned its outcomes and assessment processes in Taskstream, it has been able to link this process with the Program Review process. As such, the College now considers student learning/ service unit outcomes evidence in making budget and resource allocation decisions through the Budget and Resource Development Subcommittee (BRDS) webpage. An example of how this is used can be seen in the spreadsheet below:

  • Program Review Resource Requests—This file shows how the Art and Visual Studies program used analysis of SLO evidence and program goals to develop its annual resource requests (2016-2017).