Modifying/Inactivating an SLO

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Modifying or inactivating a course or program SLO is a legitimate action to take if it is based on assessment data, if the modification/inactivation will result in a more meaningful and focused approach to gathering and analyzing assessment data, or if the course or program content is significantly modified through the curriculum process. However, departments should avoid employing gratuitous modifications in lieu of taking action based on meaningful assessment data.

What is the Process? 

To submit a modification/inactivation for an SLO, faculty authors must consider the evaluation criteria set forth by the CSLO Checklist and the PSLO Checklist. Faculty authors will then submit the newly modified/inactivated CSLO or PSLO 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 modification/inactivation. In certain circumstances, the SLO Coordinator will carry out the technical review. Upon approval, the SLO Coordinator will modify or inactivate the CSLO or PSLO and/or assessment methods in Nuventive Improve. For existing courses with modified/inactivated SLOs, the updates will appear on the existing public Course Outline of Record during the Winter and Summer Intercessions and will begin to be in effect the semester after their approval. For existing programs with modified/inactivated PSLOs, the updates will appear in the next iteration of the College Catalog or Catalog Addendum. 

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

Recommended Number of Program 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 program:

  • Certificate of Competency: 1 PSLO
  • Certificate of Accomplishment: 1 PSLO
  • Certificate of Achievement: 1-2 or more PSLOs
  • Associate Degree of Arts/Science: 2 or more PSLOs
  • Associate Degree for Transfer: 2 or more PSLOs