Institutional Assessment at NIC
Student Learning Outcomes Assessment
The purpose of Student Learning Outcomes Assessment (SLOA) is twofold: first, to provide information that will assist the college in determining its overall institutional effectiveness, and second, to assess the degree to which the educational outcomes of the college’s programs are being met. NIC identifies and publishes expected learning outcomes for each of its degree and certificate programs, as well as for many of its support services programs.
The SLOA Committee is committed to fostering a positive culture of assessment. The Committee firmly believes that faculty-driven assessments are the most effective means to create a positive assessment culture. To this end, the committee members assist faculty across campus in creating ‘home-grown’ assessment instruments that relate directly to what the faculty are already doing in their classrooms. Rather than building out entirely separate “layered” assessment processes that do not integrate with curriculum, the committee works hard to identify the simplest and most logistically-feasible ways to weave assessment into programs and departments—and into the classroom. This process, while it often moves at a slower pace than other more ‘top down’ methods may, allows faculty to participate and engage in the creation of the assessment instruments, and to best decide what instruments will work to measure their course and program outcomes.
The SLOA Committee maintains a three-year assessment plan to guide assessment of NIC’s general education abilities and to provide support for course and program assessment through the program review process. The SLOA plan contains goals and a timeline for implementation of assessment projects. The plan is updated on an annual basis in response to the discussions it fosters. SLOA activities are monitored and updated in an annual evaluation of the committee’s goals.
Specific SLOA project results are published on the college’s SLOA SharePoint team site.