Implementation and Data Collection

Step 5: Implement your chosen course assessment tools and strategies and focus on collecting data for course and program SLOs on a rotating schedule.

Again, use the requirements of Silver Core assessment to your advantage: if you offer courses satisfying Core Objectives 9-14, then conducting assessment in these courses should inform the measurement of your program-level SLOs as well.

Programs do not need to conduct full-scale assessment of all learning outcomes each and every year; if your degree program has, for example, 5 SLOs encompassing a range of Specialized Knowledge and Intellectual Skills, you do not need to seek quantitative data on all 5 learning outcomes each year.

Rather, determine a convenient cycle of assessment, in which your faculty can focus on 1-2 program SLOs per year. An effective means of designing this cycle is to consider the frequency of your gateway, mid-curriculum, and Capstone/senior-level courses: are any offered only in fall or spring? if offered in both, does enrollment tend to increase in one semester versus another? It may also help to try to the extent possible to distribute evenly assessment efforts over the fall and spring semesters.

Finally, make use of the data that you collect regarding student learning. The point of assessment is not to find something wrong that must be repaired; rather, it is to identify where your students are particularly successful or challenged in demonstrating and applying the knowledge and skills in your degree program. It is up to you to decide how to revise your courses and curriculum based on this information.