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Student Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes
Student Learning Outcomes (SLO) are outcomes that describe what knowledge, competencies, and skills a student is expected to learn as a result of participating in academic activities or through academic experiences.

Student Learning Outcomes Assessment
Student Learning Outcomes Assessment is the process of collecting information that will tell an institution whether the services, activities, or experiences it offers are having the desired impact on  those who partake in them.  In other words, is the institution making a difference in the lives of the individuals it serves?

Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Mission
At Clinton Community College, the Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Mission is to improve and support student learning by systematically evaluating student performance using agreed upon program-specific student learning outcomes.  Student Learning Outcomes Assessment is cyclical with three phases:  1) Planning, 2) Implementing, and 3) Reflecting on Assessment Results and Making Improvements.  


Characteristics that Guide Student Learning Outcomes Assessment

1.  Faculty are best suited to determine the program goals and learning outcomes, how to assess them, and how to use the results.
2.  Results will be used to improve academic programs and experiences, not to assess individual faculty members.
3.  Assessment plans will be manageable in size with a plan in place to assess all student learning outcomes within a 3-year cycle.
4.  Assessment Results will be used to inform the Strategic Planning Committee of academic needs.
5.  Assessment Plans are living documents that are able to be revised at any phase of the assessment process in order to provide more meaningful assessment.
6.  Student Learning Outcomes fit within the campus-wide culture of assessment carried out at the course, programmatic, and institutional-levels.


If you have questions regarding CCC's Student Learning Assessment, contact: 
Donna M. Lynch, Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Coordinator