Creating A New Course SLO (CSLO)


When creating a course and/or writing new SLOs for a course, defining the overarching outcomes that students should master upon completion of the course is of utmost importance. Furthermore, these outcomes are built on the course objectives, which are specific and focused. Remember, SLOs should begin with a Bloom’s Taxonomy verb at the appropriate level of critical thinking. 

How Long Will it Take?  

To submit a new CSLO, faculty authors must complete the CSLO Checklist. Faculty authors will submit the checklist to the department SLO Facilitator, who will submit the necessary online form. When both the checklist and form are submitted, members of the ASLO Subcommittee will carry out a Technical Review of the new SLO. New CSLOs and Assessment Methods must receive approval from the ASLO subcommittee and Curriculum Committee. In certain circumstances, the SLO Coordinator may conduct the technical review. Upon approval, the SLO Coordinator will sign off on any New Course Proposals as soon as the review is complete. In addition, newly approved SLOs will be input into Nuventive Improve and become current on the Course Outline of Record and for assessment purposes during the semester following approval. 

Recommended Number of Course SLOs 

In keeping with the Principles of Assessment, which encourage a focused and meaningful approach to the assessment of Student Learning Outcomes, the ASLO Subcommittee recommends that faculty create the following number of SLOs per course: 

  • Non-Credit Course: 1 CSLO 
  • 1-2 Unit Course: 1-2 CSLOs 
  • 2-5 Unit Course: 2 or more CSLOs 

New Course SLO Creation Considerations

When developing a new Course SLO: 

  1. Complete the Course SLO Checklist, and submit the completed form to the SLO Facilitator.
  2. Reference the Course Assessment Methods webpage to inform the development of course SLO methods of assessment.