Frequently Asked Questions about SLOs and Assessment
1. Why do I need to do SLO and PLO Assessments and how does this process help me as
a faculty member?
a. From the Center's (institutional) perspective, SLO proficiency, as defined by the
accreditation commission, is an essential ingredient for accreditation eligibility
and candidacy. From a faculty member perspective, the SLO process gives faculty concrete
information on what is working in their classrooms classroom and provides formal process
to determine how to improve students' learning. This process also confirms successes
that faculty may already know about-but no one else does. This is an opportunity for
their department/division to gloat about all the great things they are doing to ensure
student success and progression to the next level.
Further, this process is nothing more than what good faculty members do in their everyday
workings to improve their teaching. Faculty should reflect each day and after each
assessment to determine what is working, what is in need of improvement and what teaching
practices need to be scraped for something new.
2. What are SLOs?
a. Student learning outcomes (SLOs) are statements describing what students will be
able to do upon completing a course, program, or degree. SLOs are assessed by faculty
regularly to evaluate and improve student learning in the course, program, or degree.
Degree SLO statements, formerly called "core competencies," are now called "Institutional
Learning Outcomes" or ILOs.
3. How SLOs are different from Learning Objectives?
a. An SLO (student learning outcome) indicates general overarching concepts in a course
or program. SLOs are the skill students must acquire after they complete the course.
Assessments are conducted to confirm if students have acquired these skills. SLOs
are the skill students must acquire after they complete the course. Assessments are
conducted to confirm if students have acquired these skills. Typically, there will
be a small number of outcomes for any particular course or program. Learning objectives
address the details in a course and are related to the specific course content. In
short, objectives are the topics that faculty must cover in each course. There will
be many individual objectives for any class.
4. Where do I find the SLO statements for my courses or programs?
a. All SLO statements and assessment reports should be available online on TracDAT
at https://elcamino.tracdat.com/tracdat/faces/login.jsp or in the alignment grids on the ECC SLO web pages or the Compton SLO web pages.
Contact your SLO Facilitator for more information.
To access TracDAT, most faculty members have their username as the first part of the
elcamino.edu email address. For example, if your email address is firstname.lastname@example.org,
your TracDAT username is "jdoe." The password for users is the same as the password
you use for your email. See your facilitator for help with TracDAT or with finding
SLO statements and/or assessment reports. For problems with TracDAT account access,
contact the SLO Coordinator (go to Contact Us for information), or the Dean of Student Success Dr. Chelvi Subramaniam (email@example.com)
5. Who writes (or wrote) the SLO statements?
a. Program faculty (at both campuses) collaboratively wrote the SLO statement(s).
However, if after completing an assessment, you find that these statements need to
be revised or a statement needs to be added, you will need to collaborate with your
discipline faculty, both at Compton and Torrance, to agree on the new statement(s)
or revisions. The new SLO statement(s) will need to be submitted for approval through
TracDAT. Talk to your Facilitator for more information about updating SLO statements.
6. What do I do if I want to add (create) a new SLO for a course or program?
a. If a faculty member wants to add or create an additional SLO statement, he/she
will need to collaborate with his/her peers, both at the Compton campus and Torrance
campus. The new SLO statement will need to be submitted for approval through TracDAT.
Talk to your Facilitator for more information about creating new SLO statements.
7. What do I do if I want to delete an existing SLO for a course or program?
a. If a faculty member wants to delete an existing SLO statement, he/she will need
to collaborate with his/her peers, both at the Compton campus and Torrance campus.
However, faculty may benefit from completing one assessment before making the decision
to delete the statement. The deletion of an SLO statement will need to be submitted
for approval through TracDAT. Talk to your Facilitator for more information about
deleting new SLO statements.
8. Can Compton faculty write SLO statements without consulting with ECC faculty?
a. The simple answer is a resounding.....No! SLO statements are statements that all
faculty members within a particular discipline have agreed upon that are the key ideas/concepts/performance
skills that are essential to success in the course. The process to change an SLO is
described in FAQs #6 and 7.
9. Can ECC faculty write SLO statements without consulting with Compton faculty?
a. Again, No! See answer #8 above.
10. Which SLOs should I be assessing?
a. You should be assessing both course SLOs and program-level learning outcomes (PLOs)
for your area. The exact SLOs you assess during any one semester are determined by
the timeline your program has established, available from the Compton SLO web page
(coming soon-Link here). Contact your Facilitator for more information about your
program's self-selected timeline. Often, the course-level SLO assessments will feed
into the Program Learning Outcome (PLO) assessments. In turn, PLO assessments may
then feed into Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs, formerly "core competencies")
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