ISLO Assessment Results

Skyline College shaped, adopted, and published in the College Catalog five ISLOs, which are derived from the AA/AS degree requirements: Effective Communication, Critical Thinking, Information Literacy, Citizenship, and Lifelong Wellness.The ISLOs are assessed with an indirect and direct measure.

The indirect measure is through the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE). The CCSSE is a tool used to measure how students perform on standards relative to student engagement. The data resulting from this assessment is then analyzed and discussed by the SLOAC Steering Committee, and various participatory governance committees.

The direct measure involves the use of a common rubric, which enables faculty to have a common language and criteria around assessment. Each of the ISLOs is scheduled to be assessed on a given semester, with one to two per academic year, until each of the five is assessed by faculty across the disciplines. Select faculty whose courses map up to the ISLO that is scheduled to be assessed that semester use the common rubric to evaluate students’ work within their disciplinary framework. The data resulting from the assessment is then analyzed and discussed by the SLOAC Steering Committee and departments as they complete their program review. A campus-wide forum is also held on an annual basis to discuss ISLO assessment results.

 

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Assessing the ISLOs with the CCSSE Survey, an Indirect Measure

In Spring 2012, and Spring 2008, the ISLOs were assessed indirectly utilizing the CCSSE, the Community College Survey of Student Engagement, which measures student engagement on a variety of dimensions. Asking questions about institutional perceptions as well as student behaviors, the CCSSE was used as a proxy for achievement of Skyline College's ISLOs. Review the CCSSE results here.

Assessing the Effective Communication ISLO with a Common Rubric

In Spring 2012, the College assessed Effective Communication using a common rubric. At a town hall that was co-hosted by the Academic Senate on Sept. 24, 2012, participants discussed the data, as well as weighed in on the ISLO process in particular and the SLOAC in general.

Assessing the Critical Thinking ISLO with a Common Rubric

In Spring 2013, the College assessed Effective Communication using a common rubric. Nineteen faculty across the disciplines whose courses mapped up to the ISLO were asked to evaluate an assignment that requires critical thinking by applying the relevant parts of the rubric.At a town hall co-hosted by the Academic Senate on Sept. 23, 2013, participants discussed the data, as well as weighed in on the ISLO process. 

Assessing the Information Literacy ISLO with Common Rubrics and a Student Self- Assessment Survey

Beginning fall 2011, information literacy became a graduation requirement for all students seeking an Associate Degree. Information literacy instruction is now incorporated (or "infused") into all sections of ENGL 100 via two workshops given by Skyline librarians. Successful completion of ENGL 100 is the primary way most students satisfy the graduation requirement.

In fall 2013, librarians employed three methods to concurrently assess the Information Literacy ISLO and their program SLOs: (1) evaluating a "search and quick write" in-class exercise with a rubric, (2) evaluating a sample of English 100 research essays with a rubric, and (3) analyzing students' responses to a self-reflection survey. At a town hall co-hosted by the Academic Senate and the Office of Planning, Research, and Institutional Effectiveness, librarians explained the instructional and assessment approaches, highlighted the findings, and posed questions for consideration in improving students' information literacy competencies, all of which are captured in this powerpoint presentation.

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