Welcome to the Crafton Hills College SLO website.

Here you will find resources to guide you through the tasks associated with successfully developing, assessing and implementing student learning outcomes with the goal of improving student learning.

SLO Training Presentations

SLO Update Tables

We have chosen the graphic (below) to illustrate the complete cycle. To find resources and assistance with each step, simply click on that part of the graphic:

SLO Cycle 1. Define/Refine student learning outcomes based on input from stakeholders. 2. Design assessment tools, criteria, and standards directly linked to each outcome. 3. Implement assessment tool(s) to gather evidence of student learning. 4. Analyze and evaluate the collected data. Identify gaps between desired and actual results. 6. Document results and outline needed changes in curriculum, instructional materials, or teaching strategies.

Getting Started:

What are SLOs?

Student Learning Outcomes are statements which define what students should be able to do upon the completion of a course or program. SLOs articulate not only what students are expected to learn, but also how student work will be evaluated, and what counts as evidence of student learning. Faculty set appropriate learning standards for learning quality, and the evidence gleaned from the process provides us valuable information about the effectiveness of our courses and programs. Assessing student learning outcomes, and collecting data on student learning, enables us to develop a "culture of evidence" with the goal of improving student learning.

What is Assessment all about?

  • An ongoing process aimed at understanding and improving student learning.
  • Faculty making learning expectations explicit and public.
  • Faculty setting appropriate standards for learning quality.
  • Systematically gathering, analyzing and interpreting evidence to determine how well student performance matches agreed upon faculty expectations & standards.
  • Using results to document, explain and improve teaching & learning performance.
Tom Angelo AAHE Bulletin, November 1995

Roles of Assessment

"We assess to assist, assess to advance, assess to adjust":

  • Assist: provide formative feedback to guide student performance
  • Advance: summative assessment of student readiness for the next step in their educational journey
  • Adjust: continuous improvement of curriculum, pedagogy
- Ruth Stiehl,
The Assessment Primer:

Creating a Flow of Learning Evidence (2007)

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