Program Assessment Methods
The Chancellor’s Office and ACCJC define a ‘program’ as “any certificate or degree that the college awards.” Every award at the College consists of a unique set of classes, and as such, leads to unique program learning outcomes. PSLOs also help students understand how program completion will lead to real-world applications such as gainful employment and/or significant preparation for upper division coursework. For these reasons, each award at LBCC must have at least one outcome and assessment method. The assessment methods are a critical component of the Assessment Cycle, as the SLO assessment will be used to determine how well each student is mastering each student learning outcome.
The creation of a viable assessment method is complementary to the creation of its outcome. Departments are encouraged to utilize program assessment data to inform program planning and review, as well as hiring priorities. Furthermore, without viable assessment methods faculty will not be capable of assessing students’ mastery of an outcome nor will faculty be able to call on robust data sets that inform integrated planning decisions, including resource allocation, and improvements across campus.
A program SLO methodology is defined as the means by which faculty assess program SLOs. In certain circumstances, outside agency exam or other methodologies are viable PSLO assessment methods. However, the ASLO Subcommittee recommends using CSLO to PSLO mapping as the primary program SLO assessment methodology, as the alignment of specific CSLO assessment results with each PSLO enables faculty to determine how course curriculum is contributing to student learning throughout each program. Specific results of assessment are made available to faculty via Tableau dashboards, which present results visually and provide the ability to disaggregate the data by student race/ethnicity, gender, and modality.
Criteria/Expected Level of Achievement
The aggregate results for each program SLO should meet or exceed an expected level of achievement of 70%. That is, 70% of the CSLOs in the program should have met the CSLO expected level of achievement of 70% or higher. This expected level of achievement was approved for all programs by the ASLO Subcommittee.
Program 1: Sample PSLO Assessment
CSLO to PSLO Mapping: Course-to-program SLO mapping highlights how student learning at the course-level informs student learning in programs. This method of assessment involved aggregating all course-level results of assessment from selected CSLOs, which align with a program’s PSLOs. The ASLO subcommittee recommends using this method of assessment for all Program SLOs.
Program 2: Sample SLO Assessment
OUTSIDE AGENCY EXAM: What: Web based ATI-RN Comprehensive Predictor Examination version 2010. How: All students enrolled in ADN 22B each semester will successfully complete the ATI comprehensive Predictor Examination at the end of the semester.