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Department/Discipline and Individual Assisstance

For SLOAC and Palomar Outcomes Database assistance, please contact the Palomar SLOAC Coordinator, Katy French, at or contact the Faculty Mentor Team, a.k.a. POD Squad, for your division or discipline .

Explore the resources developed by Palomar College in this website and on Blackboard for taped workshops and training materials. Check back for more scheduled training opportunities.

Online Resources @ Community Colleges

Bakersfield Community College has published many materials that are informative and useful. SLO guru Janet Fulks and other colleagues have developed these hands-on materials that bring light to the issues and assist with understanding and implementing the SLOAC process.

Cascadia Community College. A new college in Bothell, Washington, Cascadia is pioneering an outcomes-based approach to curriculum. You can see the learning outcomes that are the organizing principle of their curriculum and faculty.

Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio is one of only 12 Vanguard Learning Colleges in the U.S. and Canada, named for their outstanding record of achievement in learning-centered education. Their training and resource page has rich information concerning the assessment of learning.

Online Resources and Assessment Programs @ Four-Year Undergraduate Colleges

Student Learning Outcomes and Assessment.The California State University system assessment program. It contains examples of campus assessment activities.

The CSU Cornerstones Report. On January 28, 1998, the CSU Board of Trustees unanimously endorsed this system wide planning framework that articulates the values, priorities and expectations for the CSU future. Take a look at Chapter Three-Assessment of the Institutional Learning Environment.

The Urban Universities Portfolio Project: Assuring Quality for Multiple Publics is a national initiative aimed at developing a new medium, the institutional portfolio, for communicating about the work and effectiveness of urban public higher education.

Bibliographies and Links

Internet Resources for Higher Education Outcomes Assessment An extensive list of Internet resources, including handbooks and college Web pages, provided by North Carolina State University.

The Brigham Young University Planning and Assessment site provides a number of sources on education-related issues. Also see the Brigham Young Center for Teaching and Learning site.

Other Sites of Interest

Measuring Up 2000: The State-by-State Report Card for Higher Education Sponsored by The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, this "report card" gives interesting comparative information on how the states are performing.  The comparisons on Learning are especially instructive.  There are also some interesting background articles.

National Survey of Student Engagement: The College Student Report While the whole report isn't on the Web, the design of the report and the examples offered are interesting and instructive.

U.S. Department of Education

American Association of Community Colleges (AACC)

American Association for Higher Education and Accreditation (AAHEA)

Alverno College A Four-Year Liberal Arts College for Women

Reflections on Learning

Institutional Effectiveness Associates (IEA) is a firm offering seminars/ workshops and consulting services regarding institutional effectiveness or student/educational outcomes assessment to two and four year institutions of higher learning in the United States.

The Center for Student Success (CSS) identifies and disseminates effective practices in California’s community colleges. This web site provides you with access to the CSS’s findings, and features successful practices developed by community college practitioners in six knowledge areas: 

1. Student Success: From basic skills to transfer – tools and strategies to improve student success

2. Diversity: From internships to curriculum integration -- case studies from colleges around the state

3. Teaching & Pedagogy: From active learning to use of internet resources – tools and strategies to improve student engagement and learning

4. Learning Assessment: From basic skills to student development -- tools and strategies on how to assess student learning

5. Planning: From program to Education Master Planning – tools and strategies on planning

6. Evaluation: From curriculum to program evaluation – tools and strategies on evaluation

The Chancellor’s Office datamart This “queryable” datamart allows users to access college information on all of the California Community Colleges.  Examples of information that a user can access from this website include: student demographics, course retention and success rates, and count of degrees and certificates awarded.

The California Assessment Institute This website includes resources and references regarding learning assessment.

Strengthening Student Success Conference archives

Learning Assessment Listserv


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SLOAC Workshops

 SLOAC workshops will resume in Fall 2012.


Contact Information

Wendy Nelson
(760) 744-1150 ext. 2451

Katy French
(760) 744-1150 ext. 3640

SLOAC Office

The SLOAC Office is closed during Summer 2012.


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