Student Learning Outcomes Statements
Student learning outcomes statements clearly state the expected knowledge, skills, attitudes, competencies, and habits of mind that students are expected to acquire from an educational experience. Transparent student learning outcomes statements are:
â€¢ Specific to institution-level and/or program-level
â€¢ Clearly expressed and understandable by multiple audiences
â€¢ Prominently posted or linked to multiple places across the website
â€¢ Updated regularly to reflect current outcomes
â€¢ Receptive to feedback or comments on the quality and utility of the information provided
The Texas A&M University System
TheÂ Empower UÂ websiteÂ from the Texas A&M University Systemâ€™s is the July 2020 NILOAÂ FeaturedÂ Website! In developing theÂ website, the system relied on NILOAâ€™sÂ Transparency FrameworkÂ and its components to guide the types of information made available to visitors. Institutions in the Texas A&M University System share a common set ofÂ student learning outcomes, and are encouraged to pursue an assessment culture of improvement; emphasizing a commitment â€œto responsible assessment practices that stress fairness and equity, and transparency.â€Â WebsiteÂ visitors can find information on the six system-wide learning outcomes:Â Ethical & Social Responsibility,Â Globalization & Diversity,Â Specific Knowledge,Â Integration,Â Communication, andÂ Problem Solving & Critical Thinking. This includes a description of each outcome and an overview of the multiple measures that will be used as sources of evidence for each outcome.
Information regarding how different system universities engage in assessment and quality enhancement from an evidence-based and continuous improvement perspective can also be explored; including those of theÂ Texarkana,Â Central Texas, andÂ Prairie ViewÂ campuses. Finally, cache of â€œdataÂ about current student enrollment, graduation rates, degrees awarded, and financial metrics for all universities within The Texas A&M Systemâ€ can be found on the site. For these reasons, the Empower UÂ websiteÂ is a NILOAÂ FeaturedÂ WebsiteÂ in the category ofÂ Communication.Â The site also serves as an example of the Transparency FrameworkÂ Student Learning Outcomes StatementsÂ component.
Las Positas College
Las Positas Collegeâ€™sÂ Student Learning OutcomesÂ (SLO) webpage is the September 2019 NILOAÂ Featured Website! The website provides a rich range of materials on student learning outcomes (SLOs) and assessment. For instance, website visitors can find tips on how to writeÂ institutional,Â program, andÂ course outcomes. As both a good practice of transparency and to serve as an example for others, the institution has made available its own current SLO statements for theÂ course-,Â program-, andÂ institution-level; along with SLOs forÂ student services. Relatedly, there is a FAQ-style page that helps explainÂ SLOs to students. In addition, theÂ SLO HandbookÂ offers a useful introduction and guide to learning outcomes and assessment. Website visitors can also find several assessmentÂ resultsÂ for outcomes at the institution-level, program-level, and student services ranging from 2013 through 2016 as well as anÂ archiveÂ of prior results and assessment related information.
There are plenty of useful general assessment resources, as well. For one, Las Positas offers an informativeÂ Assessment ToolsÂ guide that discusses the benefits and challenges associated with various assessment tools. Supporting this document is the collegeâ€™s ownÂ assessment philosophyÂ which can be used to start meaningful conversations about the purpose and approaches to effective SLO assessment.Â For these reasons, Las Positas Collegeâ€™s Student Learning Outcomes webpage is a Featured Website in the category ofÂ Centralized Assessment RepositoryÂ aligning with the Transparency Frameworkâ€™s component ofÂ Student Learning Outcomes Statements.