Creating A New Course SLO (CSLO)


When creating a course and/or writing new CSLOs 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.

 What is the Process?

To submit a new CSLO, faculty authors must consider the evaluation criteria set forth in the Course SLO Checklist. Faculty authors will then submit the newly created CSLO to the department SLO Facilitator, who will submit the necessary online form. After the online form is submitted, members of the ASLO Subcommittee will carry out a Technical Review of the new CSLO. New Course Proposals, new CSLOs, and Assessment Methods must receive approval from the ASLO subcommittee. In certain circumstances, the SLO Coordinator may conduct the technical review. Upon approval, the SLO Coordinator will sign off on any New Course Proposals. In addition, newly approved CSLOs 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.