The 3-year Assessment Cycle
At Bates Technical College, our Assessment Committee will coordinate the review of student learning outcomes on a three-year cycle. Each year, we will use one of the college’s Institutional Student Learning Outcomes as a theme. Faculty will be contacted each fall quarter with a survey asking them to:
- Reflect on their assessment efforts for the past year.
- Select which specific CSLOs they would like to focus their efforts improving student performance on during the current academic year. Each of the three CSLOs should address the ISLO theme we are addressing as a college:
- Year 1 – Critical Thinking
- Year 2 – Effective Communication
- Year 3 – Human Diversity
- Two CSLOs should not be selected for improvement from a single class during one academic year. One of the SLOs should address the remember/understand (R/U) levels of Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy; one should address the apply/analyze (A/A) levels, and the last should address the evaluate/create (E/C) levels.
- Decide and record how they will determine the extent to which students have met the selected learning objectives.
- Late spring quarter, faculty will be sent a follow-up survey inviting them to report on how well their students did meeting the chosen learning outcomes. Faculty will be asked to report the percentage of their students who exceeded expectations, met expectations and did not meet expectations. Instructors can use data they collect on their students’ performance on CSLOs during the year as one source of evidence for making curricular changes or for requesting resources from the college to better support their students.