Student Learning Outcomes and Assessment
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) Assessment is an ongoing, evidence-based approach that indicates the extent to which programs, courses, services, and all college units achieve their intentions. Assessment uses a feedback loop that involves identifying desired results; collecting and analyzing relevant information (data); and then using the findings to stimulate discussions and direct activities that can improve student learning, instructional delivery, curricula, programs, and/or services.
Generally, measurable outcomes are a means to determine what students know, think, feel or do as a result of a given educational experience. Outcomes assessment, including course (CLOs), program (PLOs), general education (GLOs) and institutional levels (ILOs), allows us to discover if the students are learning what we expected to learn.
Moorpark College has adopted a 5-year assessment schedule anchored in the 5-year curriculum review cycle. For instructional programs, all assessment results will be gathered and analyzed one year before the program is due to go through curriculum review. For service and support programs, assessment tends to be completed more often, but it is agreed that programs will gather and analyze their assessment information at least once every five years. Assessment results and analyses inform program planning and curriculum development, as reported on the Annual Program Plans.