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SLO Assessment Cycle 3 (2015-2018) Progress Reports
SLO Assessment: Cycles 1 and 2 Results
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 SLOs, service areas (SAOs) will also be assessed for both student services and administrative services.
An Assessment Plan is a 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 annual results will be collected within a 3-year cycle. The process is clearly outlined in the "LAHC SLO and Campus Wide Assessments Guidebook".
The general layout of the campus wide assessment alignment is shown below 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.