Student Learning Outcomes
As an institution, Miramar College is committed to evaluating the experience it offers students both inside the classroom and out, to ensure the best environment for student success. As the nationwide focus of student success shifts to direct measurements of student learning, it is becoming more critical to identify inequities in learning for populations of students that are struggling to succeed, with the ultimate goal of implementing strategies for improvement and equity. As the nation further shifts emphasis towards awarding grades and degrees based on successful completion of learning outcomes, learning will be a critical factor for student success directly related to student achievement. Described below are the Outcome Statements for outcomes assessment activities at all levels on campus.
Instructional Program and Course Student Learning Outcomes
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 degree/ certificate 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 the process of learning 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. In addition, these instructional learning outcomes are linked to the college-wide ISLOs and can be used to assess learning at an institutional level. Instructional programs fall under the office of the Vice President of Instruction and include programs in the Schools of Business, Technical Careers and Workforce Initiatives; Liberal Arts; Mathematics; Biological, Exercise & Physical Sciences; and Public Safety, as well as in the Interdisciplinary Areas.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Each degree and certificate program at Miramar has a set of program SLO statements, which are developed in consideration of the courses required for the program and the goals and outcomes of the students who complete them. Program SLO statements can be found through:
- Comprehensive List of Program Student Learning Outcome Statements
- Miramar Catalog
- Taskstream (for faculty with account access only)
Course Student Learning Outcomes
Each course at Miramar has a set of course student learning outcome statements, which are developed to inform the student about key knowledge, skills, attitudes, and or abilities they will have at the successful completion of the course. Course SLO statements can be found though:
- Comprehensive List of Course Student Learning Outcome Statements
- Taskstream (for faculty with account access only)
Student and Learning Support Outcomes
For non-instructional areas, faculty and staff use a similar model of assessing Student Service or Instructional Support Service Outcomes, to determine if the goals of those departments/areas in supporting student success are being achieved.
Student Services Outcomes
Student Services falls under the office of the Vice President of Student Services, and includes Admissions, Student Affairs (e.g. Financial Aid, Health Services, Outreach, Student Affairs, and Mental Health), and Student Development and Matriculation (e.g. Assessment, CalWorks, Care, Career Services, Counseling, DSPS, EOPS, Transfer Center, and Veterans). Student Services Unit Outcomes can be found through:
Instructional Support Services Outcomes
Instructional Support Services falls under the office of the Dean of PRIELT and Dean of Liberal Arts, and includes Audiovisual, Instructional Computing Support, Library, the Independent Learning Center, and the Personal Learning Assistance Center (PLACe). Instructional Support Services Unit Outcomes can be found through:
Administrative Services Outcomes
Miramar has decided to include Administrative Services in the college-wide assessment of outcomes, using a similar model to Instruction and Student and Learning Support Services. Administrative Services falls under the office of the Vice President of Administration and includes Administrative and Personnel/ Payroll Support, Budget and Purchasing Support, Digital Print Production and Mailroom Support, Hourglass Support, Stockroom/ Receiving and Student Accounting. Administrative Services Unit Outcomes can be found through:
Institutional Student Learning Outcomes
To address student learning in a meaningful way, Miramar has developed a comprehensive set of Institutional Student Learning Outcomes (ISLOs) statements. Miramar’s ISLOs were developed in consideration of the unique features and functions of the college as well as the AAC&U’s Essential Learning Outcomes, which originated 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
Through study in sciences, mathematics, social sciences, humanities, histories, language and the arts, or a specialized field of study...
...and focused by engagement with big questions, both contemporary and enduring
- ISLO 2: Intellectual and Practical Skills, including
- Critical Thinking
- Problem Solving
- Quantitative Literacy
- Information Literacy...
- ...and practiced extensively, across the curriculum, in the context of progressively more challenging problems, projects, and standards for performance
- ISLO 3: Personal and Social Responsibility, including
- 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)...
- ...and anchored through active involvement with diverse communities and real-world challenges
- ISLO 4: Integrative and Applied Learning, including
- Synthesis and advanced accomplishment across general or specialized studies
- Demonstration of applied skills required for the student’s chosen career field
- ...and through the application of knowledge, skills, and responsibilities to new settings and complex problems