Mt. SAC's Efforts to Date:
In January 2005, Mt San Antonio College was one of the first community colleges in California to be accredited under the new SLOs-based standards. The AACJC visiting team commended the college for its demonstrated commitment to SLOs implementation. Although Mt. SAC is not unique in its efforts to comply with accreditation standards, it is unique in its approach.
In February of 2004, when the college’s Academic Senate formed a steering committee to create a plan for SLOs implementation, its faculty members were no strangers to innovative forms of assessment. They had attended training sessions offered by David Langford, Alverno College and Dr. James Nichols. This familiarity with a wide variety of outcomes assessment models allowed the committee members to choose a process that would be a good fit with Mt. SAC’s campus culture and history. The committee chose the Nichols model because it relies on a grass roots effort across the institution and because it allows for the use of administrative unit objectives in the support areas.
In fall of 2004, an implementation team that consisted of faculty and classified staff members began facilitating SLOs/AUOs training in the college’s departments and units with the aid of a newly hired Educational Research Assessment Analyst. Now, in spring of 2007, as Mt. SAC nears the end of its three year implementation phase, 80% of the college is actively assessing outcomes or objectives.
In addition to its SLOs/AUOs assessment efforts, the college’s Institutional Effectiveness Committee created an SLOs/AUOs-based program review process designed to assess and improve the institution. The college is in the midst of year-two of this new process and looks forward to augmenting its effectiveness with its newly acquired software by Nuventive: Trac Dat.
Trac Dat will help the college track and report all institutional effectiveness efforts on campus.
Although the college must now approve a plan for General Education Outcomes assessment, the SLOs/AUOS implementation process to date is creating a campus-wide culture of assessment with positive, productive results.
For further information please go to: http://www.mtsac.edu/instruction/outcomes/
or contact Jemma Blake-Judd, Coordinator, SLOs/AUOs Implementation Team at firstname.lastname@example.org