Institutional SLOs

Institutional Student Learning Outcome  (ISLO's) 

Institutional Learning Outcomes describe the abilities, skills and knowledge that students will acquire at Oxnard College. As part of the experience, students will also develop attitudes and outlooks befitting a college-educated person. The ten ISLO's below describe the competencies that every dedicated student will have after successful completion of their education at Oxnard College. All the Program SLO's from all the Disciplines / Departments are mapped to one or more ISLO.

1 Subject Knowledge -  The student understands the discipline's basic content, principles, methodologies, and perspectives.  6 Information Retrieval and Technological Competency - Student demonstrates the ability to find, organize, understand, critically examine and use information from various sources using a variety of technologies.
2 Communication - Student exhibits the ability to communicate clearly and effectively 7 Global Perspectives and/or Multicultural Awareness -  Student demonstrates global awareness to look at issues from multiple perspectives and uses skills for participating in global and local societies.
3 Critical Thinking and Analytic Reasoning -  Student applies critical thinking skills and reasoning to demonstrate continuous inquiry, problem solving, and learning. 8 Community Involvement, Leadership and Social Responsibility -  Student understands the complexities of ethical judgment, leadership, social and/or civil responsibility as applied to social and ethical issues.
4 Quantitative Reasoning -  Student applies quantitative and symbolic reasoning to obtain objective solutions to problems and equations. 9 Lifelong Learning and Life Skills -  Student demonstrates effective self-management and interpersonal skills and the skills for a career, transfer, lifelong learning, health and/or self-improvement. 
5 Creative Expression - Student expresses originality, imagination and innovation. 10 Interdisciplinary Studies -  Student applies more than one discipline's approach to a topic, problem or method.


Program Student Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes (PSLO's)  are specific to a Discipline or Department that offers Degrees or Certificates. Each PSLO "contains" the scores from one or more Course SLO's.

One or more Course SLO's are mapped to a Program SLO. For example, Mathematics could have a Program SLO of "Student can solve basic linear equations." For the Algebra 101 course, there are two Course SLO's about solving linear equations with one variable and another CSLO for finding the intercept. Once a term, scorecards are sent to all Faculty who teach Algebra 101. Each student is individually scored from a low of "no proficiency" to the highest of "exemplary" on these two Course SLO's. So there will be two scores (there are two CSLO's) for each student. A student could be scored a "no proficiency" on on CSLO, and have a "standard" on the other. The individual scorecards are absorbed into the one PSLO "bucket." A report for the Math Department would show that for all the Algebra 101 courses taught that term, 30% were exemplary, 15% exceeded standards, and so forth. It is impossible to tell what students received, or what faculty taught the course.

Scores are broken down into five Mastery Levels:

  • EXEMPLARY
  • EXCEEDS STANDARDS
  • STANDARD
  • BELOW STANDARD
  • NO PROFICIENCY

Mastery Levels are essentially rubrics. Many courses have a pass/fail rubric, where students can be scored only as "standard" or "no proficiency." Every Discipline/Department determines how they want to use the Mastery Levels, there is no college-wide directive.  Click on the image below to open a full-screen dashboard of Oxnard's Discipline/Departments  PSLO Trends for SLO Mastery Levels

 

Tableau Instructions: 

First - select the Department / Discipline you wish to view from the dropdown. Only one at a time can be selected.

Second - for the selected Department / Discipline you will see all the Program Student Learning Outcomes in the checkbox dropdown. The default is to show (All) PSLO's. Some are very long, so hovering you mouse over them will display a small popup window with all of the text. To see individual PSLO's, un-click the (All) box and click at least one checkbox. You can select multiple checkboxes, and the scores for checked PSLO's will be added together.

Be sure to click the "Full Screen" icon in the lower right to show as much of the Tableau as possible in your browser. If the display appears stuck, check the "Refresh" in the lower left.

There is a Course Assessment Cycle at Oxnard College. Some terms may have only a handful of assessments, and the next term will have several hundred. This is part of the assessment cycle, and is normal. Also, some courses are offered and assessed only in Spring terms, and others only in Fall.
Assessments are not students, and assessments are not enrollments. A student can be assessed multiple times for multiple courses, each with multiple CSLO's on the scorecards.  For example, Addictive Disorders Studies had 2,009 total assessments that were scored in the Mastery Level EXEMPLARY for Spring 2017. They have 20 Program SLO's, and their scorecards can have as many as seven CSLO's being scored, so their numbers are higher. In History, there are only three Program SLO's, so Fall 2016 shows 60 EXEMPLARY assessments. This is normal. Of course, enrollment affects the overall number of scorecards and assessments that can be completed in a term.
The Percentage lines do not look at individual assessment scores. The lines show the trends over time.  Addictive Disorders Studies have EXEMPLARY SLO's that are between 60% and 82% EXEMPLARY. Physiology EXEMPLARY assessments are roughly 50% over time. The line of percentages is a better measurement over time.
Many Discipline / Departments show quite a bit more activity from Fall 2015 and forward. The activity data is also more consistent across the Mastery Levels. This is the direct result of re-assessing the whole assessment process across all Departments at Oxnard. All SLO's were examined for quality, and every SLO is correctly mapped in the hierarchy (unmapped SLO's scores/data do not show up in the reports!). Many Course and Program SLO's were retired, and new ones created that better reflected the Department's goals. The most recent version of eLumen was installed, which necessitated cleaning up the database to eliminate duplicate assessments, orphaned courses, and over-mapping of Course SLO's to Program SLO's. A new master course assessment cycle was established. Assessments were distributed centrally according to the new cycle. Aggregate assessments were eliminated because the data could not be disaggregated by race, ethnicity or gender. It was an extensive and exhaustive process, and the improved data reflects this.