Student Learning Outcomes Assessment is a Curricular Matter

Spring
2016
Resolution Number: 
09.06
Contact: 
Assigned to : 
Category: 
Curriculum
Status: 
Assigned

Whereas, The ASCCC paper “Guiding Principles for SLO Assessment,” approved in Fall 2010, states, “SLOs are instruments of curriculum development, and therefore both the design and the assessment of SLOs clearly are curricular matters”;

Whereas, Outcomes assessment is a form of research that may inform improvements in course curriculum, program curriculum, and teaching methodologies with the goal of improving student achievement; and

Whereas, Curriculum is an academic and professional matter;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges urge local senates to ensure that institutional decisions regarding student learning outcomes assessment are understood to be a curricular matter and therefore institutions should consult collegially with local senates;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges urge local senate leaders to advocate for outcomes assessment as a form of academic research that emphasizes improvement in student learning;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges advocate for State Legislature recognition of these additional research contributions on the part of community college faculty to higher education and advocate for professional development funding to improve the research capacity of community college faculty that enhances teaching and learning; and

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges urge local academic senates to advocate for recognition of these additional research contributions on the part of faculty to the institution and to advocate for substantial professional development resources for training and reassigned time.

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Status Report: 

Committee charge has been updated to include SLOs. SLOs were separated out from COR paper. 2017 - 18: The Committee will update the SLO glossary and develop an outline for the SLO paper for consideration by the Executive Committee.