College of San Mateo is committed to the mission of teaching and learning. The Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) Assessment Cycle is a process that requires self-examination and reflection, leading to productive dialogue and curricular improvement. This collection and analysis of quantitative and qualitative data inform planning, revising, developing and budgeting for curriculum and services.
The development, assessment and analysis of course, certificate, degree and GE SLOs are curricular matters and thus under the jurisdiction of the Academic Senate. While assessment and analysis of results for SLOs in these areas are a responsibility of the faculty, decisions based on analysis of assessment results for college planning are shared amongst all constituencies. Interpretation and implementation of SLO assessment shall remain within the purview of discipline faculty and the Academic Senate.
The development, assessment and analysis of SLOs for Learning Support Services and Student Support Services are under the jurisdiction of the faculty, staff and administrators of each service area.
"The point of assessment is not to gather data and return ‘results’; it is a process that starts with the questions of decision-makers, that involves them in the gathering and interpreting of data, and that informs and helps guide continuous improvement."
– From the American Association of Higher Education's Assessment Principle #7
– Adopted by College of San Mateo Academic Senate Governing Council on Apr 23, 2013.