Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

What are SLOs? 

A Student Learning Outcome (SLO) is a statement that describes what students can do as a result of their educational experiences. SLOs describe the knowledge gained, skills and abilities acquired or demonstrated, and attitudes or values changed. SLOs are the specific observable or measurable results that are expected subsequent to a learning experience. 

SLOs: 

  • Communicate clear expectations about what’s important in a course or program
  • Inform you that there is common core content across all sections of a course
  • Allow you to make better decisions about programs based on outcomes results

View our SLOs and Results Request SLO Help or Training

Types of SLOs

Course SLOs (CSLOs)

Statements describing the knowledge, skills and abilities that a student will be able to demonstrate at the end of a course. The specific observable or measurable results that are expected subsequent to a learning experience in a course. 

Current course SLOs are located in the class schedule under individual classes. View the Class Schedule for CSLOs.

Program SLOs (PSLOs), including Specific SLOs (SSLOs)

Statements that describe what students will know and be able to do when they complete a degree, certificate or a program. The specific observable or measurable results that are expected subsequent to a learning experience in an instructional program. Non-instructional programs include all events that occur outside of the classroom that complement the academic programs and enhance the overall student experience. The specific observable or measurable results that are expected subsequent to the experiences from student services.

Institutional SLOs (ISLOs)

Outcomes that encompass the whole student experience. The specific observable or measurable results that are expected subsequent to the overall learning experience at the institution. Sierra College assesses four types of outcomes: ISLOs, PSLOs (or non-instructional SSLOs), and CSLOs. Click on the program tabs below to view related outcomes and results.

Students attend Sierra College for a variety of reasons. Based on their own educational goals and experiences, students will develop skills in the following areas: 

  • Communication
  • Critical and Creative Thinking
  • Citizenship
  • Technology and Information Competency

Assessment

Assessment is the ongoing, systematic collection, review and use of information about the entire educational experience to improve student learning. Assessment follows a cycle including: planning, implementing, assessing, reporting/revising. Assessment helps align instruction and student services in order to meet program and institutional goals.

Student learning outcomes assessment is a faculty driven process used to increase student success, enhance the quality of our programs, allocate resources efficiently and continually improve.

Why Assess? 

  • Makes the learning process more effective
  • Helps make effective resource allocation decisions
  • Facilitates student feedback
  • Helps instructors and service providers become better at what they do
  • Assessment is an effective pedagogical practice
  • Assessment demonstrates commitment to constituents
  • Assessment is a required part of the accreditation process

Assessment must be an integral part of any successful institution. A well planned and executed assessment process will help the college accomplish its mission and goals

Outcomes assessment helps align instruction and student services in order to meet program and institutional goals. Inside the classroom, assessment can dramatically improve teaching effectiveness and student learning. Outside the classroom, it informs institutional effectiveness and improvement. Outcomes assessment is systematic, ongoing and involves the entire Sierra College community.

We assess student learning outcomes (SLOs) at the following levels:

  • Institutional level (ISLOs)
  • Program level (PSLOs, instructional and student services), and
  • Course level (CSLOs) 

We assess because we have an obligation to our educational community and through the assessment process we become better at what we do.

Assessments are conducted throughout the year and results of assessment activities are posted twice a year. To view aggregated departmental outcomes, view SLOs, Results and Reports further below.

Departmental assessment analysis (DAA), evaluation and planning occur during planning and assessment days and throughout the year. Utilizing the DAA form, departments capture the meaning of the assessments and respond accordingly. Results of the planning activities are posted twice a year. To view Departmental Assessment Analysis forms, visit Help and Training.

Visit Student Learning Outcomes to view Student Learning Outcomes, Results and Reports by Program.

To see your department's Program Review, visit Planning and Governance

Our Assessment Guidebook was created as a resource for Sierra College faculty, staff and administrators. It was designed to: 1) Facilitate understanding of the assessment process at Sierra College 2) Provide resources to fulfill the assessment requirements, and 3) Take advantage of assessment practices to improve institutional effectiveness.

Student Learning Outcomes and Results by Program