New Program SLOs
Remember that the Chancellor’s Office and ACCJC define a ‘program’ as “any certificate or degree that the college awards.” Because of this, each program at LBCC must have an outcome and assessment method. Facilitators will be tasked to help create SLOs and assessment methods in order to close the loop on LBCC’s programs. Your course SLOs will build toward overarching program-level outcomes that students should master upon completion of the program. Remember, SLOs should begin with a Bloom’s Taxonomy verb at the appropriate level of critical thinking.
Reference your program’s mission statement and goals when creating a program SLO. Without a mission statement or goals, faculty might have different ideas of the purpose of an instructional program and therefore, may be unable to reach a consensus on the learning outcomes for that program.
Program SLO statements should describe what students must know, do, and value at the conclusion of a program. In addition, program outcomes tend to emphasize integrating skills into an interrelated set and often put more stress on real world application that provide a bridge to the student's next experience on the job or in upper division study at a four-year university.
How Long Will it Take?
When faculty submit a new SLO request, members of the ASLO Subcommittee will carry out a Technical Review. This Technical Review takes place outside of the ASLO Subcommittee’s monthly meetings and occurs on a rolling basis as needed. Therefore, you will not have to wait for an ASLO Subcommittee meeting in order for your requests to be processed. A SLO Coordinator will sign off on any New Course Proposals as soon as the review is complete.
Recommended Number of Program SLOs
In keeping with the Principles of Assessment, which encourage a focused and meaningful approach to assessment of Student Learning Outcomes, the ASLO Subcommittee recommends that faculty create the following number of SLOs per program:
Certificate of Competency: 1 SLO
Certificate of Accomplishment: 1 SLO
Certificate of Achievement: 1-2 or more SLOs
Associate Degree of Arts/Science: 2 or more SLOs
- Associate Degree for Transfer: 2 or more SLOs
New Program SLO Forms & Workflows
Point Faculty and Facilitators should work together to submit the appropriate forms when creating a new program SLO.
New Program SLO Resources & Templates
Please note that your departmental Facilitator will add the new SLO and Assessment Method in TracDat after the ASLO Subcommittee and Curriculum Committee have approved the creation. Changes will carry onto the Course Outline of Record in the Winter and Summer Intersessions.
New Program SLO Creation Considerations
Begin Development with the Major: Focus on the foundational courses within the program. These are identified on the program’s curriculum guide as “required” courses.
Begin Development with the Capstone Course or Experience: Focus on the program’s capstone expectations to derive SLOs for the entire program.
Begin with the Areas of Concentration in the Program: Areas of concentration of study manifest as certificates or groupings of courses noted on the program’s curriculum guide.
Begin with the Courses: One program may contain various tracks of study, which build from the program’s foundational (required) courses. These tend to be distinct lines of study within the program’s curriculum that reflect professionally emphasized categories of learning.
Begin with a Curricular Map: This process assumes that the program has recently reviewed its curriculum, articulating for itself the courses within the program, as well as the requisite requirements outside of the program (department, school, institution) into a curricular map.
In designing the SLO, have faculty ensured students have enough opportunities to achieve this program learning outcome?
- Does the SLO represent attitudes, values, dispositions, and/or habits of mind that a student has acquired upon completing the program?