Assessment refers to a process where methods are used by a faculty member, department, program or institution to generate and collect data for evaluation of processes, courses, and programs with the ultimate purpose of evaluating overall educational quality and improving student learning. This term refers to any method used to gather evidence and evaluate quality and may include both quantitative and qualitative data. (California Academic Senate, Draft SLO Terminology Glossary)
Keep in mind the basics of assessment as you explore your process
To view the descriptions of all nine principles, here is the whole document.
Assessment is an integral part of student learning outcomes. The Research Office can help with your assessments whether you are involved with SLOs in or out of the classroom.
An assessment tool may be anything you deem appropriate for measuring student learning. It may be as simple as a few key questions in the form of an exit exam or a set of questions administered twice as pre/post tests. In any case, the Research Office can advise on methods of assessment or analyzing data, and help you design assessment tools suitable for your particular needs.
Please contact the Research Office at any time for more information and note the Helpful Links on the SLO and Research web pages.
Now that you’ve made your decision about what to assess and how to assess, completed your assessment, and gathered a pile of results – what’s next?
Step One – Organize
Step Two – Summarize
Step Three – Act
In all of these steps, the Office of Research and Planning, the SLO Coordinator & Ambassadors, and the Student Learning Committee can provide support and encouragement.