LAVC Assessment Process
Since 2004, LAVC has assessed courses, programs, and services in cycles and tied assessment to other campus processes such as Program Review and planning. The Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Cycle (SLOAC) is how we make our expectations explicit and public, set appropriate criteria and standards, and use information to document, explain, and improve performance. SLOAC timelines are approved by the College’s participatory governance groups and published on the OAC SharePoint.
The goal of assessment is the continuous improvement of academic courses, programs, and services, and is strongly linked to the College goal of institutional effectiveness. Assessment is an ongoing process, hence the name SLO Assessment Cycle (SLOAC). Faculty and staff define outcomes, assess outcomes, analyze the results, and institute improvements; then the cycle begins again.
In this process for instructional areas, evidence is gathered, analyzed, and interpreted to determine how well student performance matches faculty-defined expectations and standards. The results are used to improve teaching and learning. For non-instructional areas, evidence is gathered, interpreted, and analyzed to determine how well the area meets staff-defined expectations and standards. The results are used to improve institutional effectiveness.
All approved credit course outlines are located in eLumen. For public access, a listing of Course SLOs has been extracted from eLumen.