College of San Mateo

The Student Learning Outcomes webpage from the College of San Mateo (CSM) is NILOA’s May 2020 Featured Website. Three main goals are listed for assessment: (1) To inform planning by identifying areas of need and/or effective practices around student learning; (2) To create a community of practice that supports continuous improvement in student learning; and (3) To enhance students’ educational experience beyond the classroom through sustained interdisciplinary collaboration around shared learning outcomes. To actualize the goals, the CSM provides an overview page discussing responsibilities for assessing, where assessment happens, and frequently asked questions about assessment. The college’s 6 institution-wide learning outcomes are listed, along with detailed information defining the learning outcome and expected knowledge. Website visitors can explore the learning outcomes statements and assessment measures for student services departments, including the Assessment Services/Welcome Center, Career Services, the Disability Resource Center, as well as find meeting summaries from the College Assessment Committee.  

The Assessment Toolkit walks users through the development of learning outcomes, assessing outcomes, and documenting/reporting. CSM also offers resources on program review, including insight on the purpose of program review and information for the review of instruction and student services. Finally, visitors can find general assessment resources including assessment plan templates, guides, and various workshops, along with CSM’s assessment calendar to help inform their practice. For these reasons, the College of San Mateo’s Student Learning Outcomes webpage is a Featured Website in the category of Centralized Assessment Repository aligning with the Transparency Framework’s component of Assessment Resources and Assessment Plans.