SLO Agenda - Glass Half Full
Do we have a glass that is half empty or half full? How many SLOs and assessments are left to complete?

Or, should we be asking ourselves another question altogether?

SLO Agenda - Fountain

A fountain of inquiry is sustainable, recycling, living, and without end.

1.Strengthening Student Success Conference, Oct. 7-9, 2009, San Francisco

1. Kathy McNeese, Stacy Jazan, Hoover Zariani and Alice Mecom were awarded for their progressive work in SLOACs. The categories are as follows:

Kathy and Hoover – Program Outcomes
Stacy – Course Outcomes/Faculty Researcher
Alice – Integrator of the Year

More info on the awards and the conference at: www.sloassessment.com
2. Theme of the Conference: “Learning From Assessment” and “Culture of Inquiry”

“Other” colleges seem to have more institutional interest in and collaboration on discovering ways to meet students’ learning needs and then institutionalizing new strategies to meet those needs.

“Other” colleges seem to have more interconnectivity between their SLO Committee, C & I, Foundational Skills Committee, Program Review, and Office of Research and Planning. (Santa Monica College)

“Other” colleges seem to have traded in the title “SLO Committee” for a new title that relates to assessment, such as the “Outcomes and Assessment Committee” (Chaffey College)

“Other”’ colleges seem to have much more support from their administration and have more manpower, i.e. “assessment teams”. They have professional development days where training and assessment work takes place. (Mt. SAC, Rebecca)

“Other” colleges seem to have designed a quality control element to their SLOs and assessments. A body of people (the SLO Committee, C & I, or campus researchers) screens the outcomes with a rubric and sends them back for revisions. (Chaffey)

3. GCC – What can we do?

As an institution, have we been focused enough on identifying our students’ learning needs and planning accordingly?

Do we have silos of faculty and staff groups working on projects relating to student needs, but with little communication between them and with the campus as a whole? Has this lack of communication resulted in overlap and perhaps lack of awareness of overarching, cross-disciplinary student learning needs?

Should we try to create a visual “map” of assessment projects (under whatever title or purpose) that may or may not be described as SLOAC projects? What would this visual grid reveal to us?

Could it be a starting point for better institutional effort and awareness?

We are very good at identifying problems on our campus. Can the identification and desire to change problems direct us to a unified action?

How do we foster a “culture of inquiry”? How do we build a fountain rather than try to fill a glass?

Should we make better use of our SLO committee? Should we meet more frequently and be more “hands-on”? Should we re-establish our mission?

Should we revise our assessment reporting form to better represent the purpose of assessments?

How do we reach those faculty and staff that do not value assessments? Would addressing students’ core competencies or basic skills problems be meaningful?

Other ideas?

2. Staff Development Workshops:

1. Assessment Workshops, FALL 2009

2. Ideas for other workshops? More on assessment training?

3. Grants:

1. BSI and eLumen
2. PFE – Student SLO Survey

4. Program Level Outcomes:

1. Senate’s Motion
2. ACCJC’s latest newsletter
3. Framing Program SLO’s within the corresponding core competencies
4. Ideas for getting them done!


SLO Meeting Sign In Sheet October 15, 2009

Please sign in and identify any of the following that apply to you by marking the letters in the last column of the sign in sheet.

A. I am able to participate by relaying SLOAC information back to my area.

B. I feel knowledgeable about writing SLOs, and would like to help my colleagues write and/or review their SLOs.

C. I am interested in doing meaningful assessments and can share what I know.

D. I am interested in learning more about assessments so that I can train myself and my colleagues.

E. I would like to engage my area in discussions about student needs that concern us and to think of ways to lead that discussion to action.

F. I am interested in finding out and sharing what other groups are doing on campus to improve teaching and learning.

G. I know others who should be referred to this committee and will see if they are interested.

H. I’d like to research and share other colleges’ strategies.

I. I am interested in strategy and problem-solving to support SLOACs.


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