Assessment is the process COS faculty use to collect information on student learning in courses and programs. Analysis of outcomes data helps identify needs, inform decision-making, and determine the allocation of resources. Improving student learning is a priority across the District. COS faculty
are committed to assessment as an integral part of the instructional
process, where outcomes assessment is ongoing, systematic and used for
Outcomes assessment is a process that depends on all campus constituents at COS. Divisions/departments assess course
while the campus at large assesses General Education outcomes (GELOs) via the work of
the institutional General Education Committee
. Institutional Learning
Outcomes (ILOs) are assessed through the Outcomes and Assessment Committee
, with reports
distributed to the District via the governance process.
Course and Program outcomes are assessed on
a three-year cycle, as are Service Area Outcomes. GELOs and ILOs are
assessed according to the schedules set by their respective committees.
Scheduled assessment dates for courses (SLOs), programs (PLOs), and
service areas (SAOs) are maintained in the District's assessment
management system (TracDat/ Nuventive Improve) and can be viewed on the District's Assessment Cycle Schedule
, which is maintained by the Outcomes Assessment Coordinator and available at the link.