Learning Outcomes Resource Center
What is a learning outcome?
A learning outcome is a statement about the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and abilities a student is expected to have upon successful completion of an academic activity. A learning outcome is expressed using active verbs and is stated in terms that make it measurable.
Shasta College currently assesses five types of learning outcomes; Course-Level Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs), Library Student Learning Outcomes, Student Services Student Learning Outcomes, Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs), and Institutional Student Learning Outcomes (ISLOs).
For additional information on each of these types of learning outcomes, please see the menu tabs to the left and the Learning Outcomes Handbook, a comprehensive guide to learning outcomes at Shasta College. Currently, the Learning Outcomes Handbook is under revision, but comprehensive information on SLOs can be found under this tab.
Why assess learning outcomes?
Systematic assessment of learning outcomes benefits the entire college community and is a significant component in maintaining compliance with accreditation requirements.
Students receive clear expectations for their learning and know that faculty are having conversations to ensure student success.
Faculty determine what is working and what isn't in their classes, engage in valuable campus-wide dialog with their colleagues, and collect evidence to transform their teaching and to justify needed resources to maintain or improve courses or programs.
Shasta College captures data for integrated planning and decision-making, demonstrates an institutional commitment to continually improving the academic programs and services offered, and maintains compliance with accreditation requirements.
Contact SLO Faculty Coordinators: Sara McCurry and Kate Ashbey