Program Learning Outcome Development

Recommended Steps and Resources

 

1.     Engage discipline faculty in discussion of program characteristics and models of Program Learning Outcome (ProLo) development

 

Possible discussion points:

·         Program definition

·         Overall goals and expectations for students

·         Articulation of program requirements with the General Education pattern, transfer institution expectations, industry needs, accreditation standards, etc.

 

Resources

·         Program Learning Outcomes: Strategies and Tools (SCC Flex ‘06)

http://web.scc.losrios.edu/files/slo/programlearningoutcomeworksh.ppt

 

·         Guidelines for Program Assessment – St. Cloud University

http://www.stcloudstate.edu/assessment/guidelines.asp

 

·         Bakersfield Community College Program Assessment Guide

http://cai.cc.ca.us/Summer2005Institute/ProgramLearningOutcomes/Writing%20Program%20SLOs.doc

 

 

2.     Examine how assessment efforts can be (or already are) a critical tool in the clarification, assessment and achievement of program goals.

 

Resources

·         AAHE Principles of Assessment

http://www.iuk.edu/%7Ekoctla/assessment/9principles.shtml

 

·         SCC SLO Philosophy Statement

http://web.scc.losrios.edu/files/slo/SLOphilosophystatementfinal.doc

 

·         Cal State, San Bernandino: Assessment Plans by department.

http://gradstudies.csusb.edu/outcome/bycollege.html

 

 

3.     Utilize models and tools to begin developing and writing ProLos

 

·         Locate external resources (See examples in Step 4 below)

·         Identify and use internal, course-level outcome information.

 

Resources

·         Program Learning Outcomes: Strategies and Tools (SCC Flex ‘06)

http://web.scc.losrios.edu/files/slo/programlearningoutcomeworksh.ppt

 

·         ProLo development guides and templates (SCC curriculum committee)

 

Instructions for developing ProLos from degree course outcomes

http://media.scc.losrios.edu/slo/InstructionsforProLOdevelopm.xls

 

Matrix for alignment of ProLos with degree courses

http://web.scc.losrios.edu/files/slo/ProLOtemplaterevised2.28.06.xls

 

·         Bloom’s taxonomy (3 domains)

http://web.scc.losrios.edu/files/slo/Threedomains.doc

 

1.      Examples of Program Learning Outcomes across disciplines

 

·         SCC Programs with ProLos specified in Socrates

http://web.scc.losrios.edu/files/slo/ProgramswithProLO20052006noh.htm

 

·         Mission College

http://cai.cc.ca.us/Summer2005Institute/ProgramLearningOutcomes/Program%20SLOs.doc

 

·         West Valley College

http://cai.cc.ca.us/Summer2005Institute/ProgramLearningOutcomes/Department%20SLOs%20list_RP.doc

 

·         CSU Campus Assessment resources: Links to SLO assessment sites at most CSUs. See sites for information on ProLos from various departments.

http://www.calstate.edu/AcadAff/SLOA/links/csu_assess_sites.shtml#sac

 

·         Cal State San Bernardino: Assessment plans by department

http://gradstudies.csusb.edu/outcome/bycollege.html

 

·         Various 4-year and professional organization sources

http://web.scc.losrios.edu/files/slo/Examplesfrom4yearinstitution.htm