Information on Learning Outcomes Assessment

Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) has a long history of working with college leaders across the country to articulate the aims of a liberal education in our time. AAC&U is distinctive as a higher education association. Its mission focuses centrally on the quality of student learning and the changing purpose and nature of undergraduate curricula.

National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment's (NILOA) mission is to discover and disseminate ways that academic programs and institutions can productively use assessment data internally to inform and strengthen undergraduate education, and externally to communicate with policy makers, families and other stakeholders.

The RP Group strengthens the abilities of community colleges to gather, analyze and act on information in order to advance student success.

The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACCJC) accredits community colleges and other associate degree granting institutions in the Western region of the U.S.

Guiding Principles for SLO assessment - from the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges.  The goal of this paper is to suggest principles that will help faculty to develop efficient and effective SLO assessment practices as appropriate for their own local colleges. These principles address various aspects of SLO assessment and factors that influence assessment processes, including institutional support, cooperative relationships with other faculty, researchers, and administrations, and alignment of outcomes throughout the different levels of the college curriculum. Above all, the paper promotes and emphasizes the primary role of faculty in all SLO development and assessment activities and the importance of faculty participation and involvement in the development and implementation of assessment processes.

SLO Terminology Glossary - from the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges.   The glossary was developed from existing research and feedback from faculty and researchers from the California community colleges in response to Resolution S08 2.02 that asked the Academic Senate for California Community College to address the confusion in the field by researching and developing a glossary of common terms for student learning outcomes and assessment.