This graphic displays Bakersfield College’s overall Student Learning Outcomes work for course, program, institutional and student service areas.
The metric describes first, whether the outcomes have been defined and then whether there is on-going assessment.
The ACCJC (Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges) has set the standard of 100% for all SLO assessment to be done on a continuous basis.
Ongoing Assessment course SLOs, Program PLOs, Student Service SLOs and ILos = 100%
Ongoing assessment of at least one SLO/course, one PLO/program,
Student Service SLOs, ILOs = 100%
Ongoing Assessment of ALL Course SLOs, Program PLOs,
Student Service SLOs and ILOs = 100%
Target Date: By 2015
Each March BC must report on the ACCJC Annual Update report, the percentage of identified course and student service SLOs (Student Learning Outcomes), PLOs (Program Learning Outcomes), and ILOs (Institutional Learning Outcomes), as well as the percent being assessed on an on-going basis. Previously BC reported areas where at least one outcome was being assessed.
Prior to the next accreditation visit 100% of all outcomes must document ongoing assessment. (2/23/2014)
Bakersfield College uses a peer review process to assess its Institutional Learning Outcomes. These are identified as General Education Outcomes and are aligned to ILOs 1 and 2. Each year one General Education Outcome is assessed.
Faculty and administrators responsible for the selected courses are notified and receive materials describing the assessment process, the assessment rubric, and a list of faculty who can provide assistance. Committee members from the Assessment and General Education Subcommittee meet with and engage faculty in a dialogue about Learning Outcomes, student artifacts, assessment tools, assessment results, and decisions made based on the results. Committee members provide feedback that includes verification about whether the GE SLOs are being met; the assessment tools are valid and reliable; the conclusions drawn from the results and the changes are logical and effective.
Overall, this peer review process has lead to rich dialogue between practitioners. The Institutional Learning Outcomes and assessment process are being updated.
The standard for outcomes assessment at all levels is set by the ACCJC. The college has set a target towards accomplishing the standard of 100% of all outcomes assessed. In the process of assessing outcomes several thoughts have arisen. The college needed more focus in three areas since the last accreditation visit: