The primary goal of student learning outcomes assessment is to improve student learning. Once evidence is collected and the faculty have analyzed it to determine if students are attaining the defined SLOs, it is important to take the appropriate steps in response to that information.
If student learning meets expectations?
- Consider it a program strength
- Consider raising expectations
- Move on to assess the next SLO
If student learning does not meet expectations?
- Consider program changes:
- Adjust teaching & learning methods
- Reinforce specific course content
- Change pre-requisites
- Revise course sequencing
- Enhance advising
Assessment results are meant to improve teaching and learning as well as inform planning and decision making. Results can highlight successes such as these:
- Better alignment of the curriculum with desired outcomes;
- Creation of useful rubrics;
- Development of explicit standards and corresponding samples of student work;
- Evidence that students are meeting or exceeding learning expectations.
Closing the Loop & Sharing the Findings
The act of “closing the loop” and making improvement based on the collection and analysis of student learning data allows us to make claims about the strength of our courses, programs, and institution and therefore ultimately benefits not only students but faculty and the institution as well.