Analyze Data

The primary goal of student learning outcomes assessment is to improve student learning. Once evidence is collected the faculty should analyze it to determine if students are attaining the defined SLOs. Questions to consider:

What does the evidence collected from your assessment measures tell you?

  • Does evidence gathered accurately answer the questions implied by the SLOs?
  • What are students learning? What aren’t they learning?
  • What changes to course or curriculum design might the assessment evidence suggest?
  • Does assessment evidence highlight a need to revise the assessment plan, outcomes, or measures for future assessment practice?

The purpose of assessing student learning is to use the information for continued improvement of student learning. Thinking critically about the data collected and what it means is an important step in this process.