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Student learning outcomes (SLOs) are established for virtually every program offered at American River College (99.74%, 387 of 388[i]). These outcomes can be found in the college catalog.
Assessment of program level SLOs relies on ARC's three-year cycle of course-level SLO assessment. This strategy is supported by the Curriculum Committee's diligent review of each program's required courses, which includes a requirement that all program SLOs explicitly map to (i.e. are clearly supported by) one or more of the required courses for a degree or a certificate requiring 6 or more units. These SLO program mapping matrices are completed by departments and reviewed by the Curriculum committee.
Course SLOs at ARC are assessed using a Two-Part Process. All disciplines undergo both parts of the assessment process: 1) the faculty designed assessment, which consists of a method, tool, or rubric created or chosen by faculty in their respective disciplines, and 2) the student self assessment, which consists of student surveys using a common template.
Both parts of the assessment process incorporate benchmarks for determining successful achievement of the SLOs. For the faculty designed assessment, faculty select appropriate benchmarks for success based on their discipline expertise. For the student self assessment, successful achievement of the SLOs is determined by a combination of statistical analyses and faculty review.
The college is currently in the second cycle of course SLO assessment (Assessment years 4 through 6). Each year, one-third of the college undergoes student learning outcomes assessment. Program assessment results are now available for the first two-thirds of departments (Cohorts I and II) that have undergone their second cycle of SLO assessment. Results for Cohort III are expected in Summer 2013.
|Cohort I||Cohort II||Cohort III|
ART NEW MEDIA
AUTOMOTIVE DIESEL TECHNOLOGY
BUSINESS, MARKETING, REAL ESTATE
SIGN LANGUAGE SPEECH PATHOLOGY
ASTRONOMY, PHYSICS, PHYSICAL SCIENCES
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
HUMAN CAREER DEVELOPMENT
LEARNING RESOURCE CENTER
COMPUTER INFORMATION SCIENCE
ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE
GEOGRAPHY / GEOLOGY
GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS
SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETER
SIGN LANGUAGE STUDIES
Cohort III (available Summer 2013)
[i] The one exception is currently going through curriculum and will have established program SLOs when approved by the Curriculum Committee.