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Outcomes Assessment

​Campus Wide Assessment

Accademic Affairs Unit/ Student Servies Unit/ Academic Services Unit

 

Starting Fall semester 2015 Los Angeles Harbor College will begin the 3rd campus wide assessment cycle. This 3rd cycle will be a 3 year cycle to correspond to the 3 year mid-term report.

 

​Assessment Fundamentals

Accountability: Public institutions are held accountable for the use of public funds. Institutions must demonstrate that they are efficient and effective in serving the needs of the state. The use of funds and process for determining the use of funds must be reported to the public. The collection and use of data should clearly support the decision making process at each institution.

Assessment is the systematic collection, review, and use of information about educational programs undertaken for the purpose of improving student learning and development. Assessment provides a systematic ongoing measure of Quality Control and Validation. The term "Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)" is widely used by many campuses to describe an assessment. At Los Angeles Harbor College, academic SLOs are assessments done at the course level. The data collected at the course level will then feed into each disciplines program assessments, Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs), and then into the Institutional Student Learning Outcomes (ISLOs). In addition to academic course SLOs, student service areas may also address SLOs for the services provided, In addition to SLOs, both student service and administrative services will assess , Service Area Outcomes, (SAOs) which will address the SEMP goals. A summary of the SLO and SAO assessment forms will be provided in the Annual Unit Planning Modules and will form the basis of the Program Review.

An Assessment Plan is documented outline which clearly states which data will be collected and how it is collected. The plan should also state the process for reviewing the data, policies and procedures to discuss the results and implement changes to programs to improve student learning. The assessment plan should clearly show evidence of continuous quality improvement. At Los Angeles Harbor College, the data will be collected within a multi-year cycle.

The general layout of the campus wide assessment alignment is shown in the "Assessment Student Pyramid of Success". At Los Angeles Harbor College success of the student is the top priority, thus is placed at the apex of the pyramid. The success of all campus wide programs and services are important to provide a solid support system for student success. Student success is measured by course completion with a passing grade of a C or better, completion of a degree or certificate, transfer, self-improvement, workforce development and training.

 

As of 11/15/16, the Assessment Committee has suspended this annual obligation. Each course will simply be responsible to assess course SLOs annually.

Previous ISLO assessments:

​ISLO​​Outcome

Academic Year​

1. ​CommunicationTBA​2018 - 2019​
​4. Social Responsibility and EthicsTBA​​2017 - 2018
​3. Information and Technological Competency​General (See note above)​2016 - 2017
2. ​Cognition​General​2015 - 2016
​1. Communication​Oral Communication2014 - 2015
4. ​Social Res​ponsibility and Ethics
​General​2013 - 2014

 

 For the current Cycle 3 (2015-2018) assessments of the ISLOs please visit the following link:   ISLO Assessments​

References
The current process for assessing SLOs-PLOs-ISLOs is summarized in the 2017 Assessment Committee Executive Summary (Reviewed by the VP of Academic Affairs/ALO  Spring 2017). 

 Publications:

Conference Presentations:

SLO Symposium 2017 - Anaheim

ACCJC Conference 2017 - Irvine

RP Group Conference 2017 - San Francisco