Service Area Student Learning Outcomes at a Glance
What are they?
SA-SLOs describe what students are expected to achieve and are able to demonstrate in terms of knowledge, skills, and values upon completion of receiving a service, attending a workshop, or participating in a program. They answer the question: What will students be able to think, know, do, or feel because of a given support service experience?
What are the foundations of this focus? (Using SLO template)
As the college is faced with increasing budget reductions from the state, with student services categorical funding reduced considerably, student services is under pressure to compete for survival. The Student Services Program Review process, including the development of SA-SLOs is designed to demonstrate "effectiveness and worth of student services and programs, and show positive relationships between students' out-of-class experiences and use of student services and programs and student learning, including academic achievement and retention." Shuh and Upcraft, 2001. Assessment Practice in Student Affairs.
"The institution systematically assesses student support services using student learning outcomes, faculty and staff input, and other appropriate measures in order to improve the effectiveness of these services."
One important factor in assessing student services is to determine affordability of a service. In an era of declining resources, assessment via SA-SLOs and program review provides information on efficiency and cost of our services in order to make sound decisions.
Assessment is critical to strategic planning in identifying strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for the future. It is important for student services to be an active and effective participant in the planning process. Assessment through SA-SLOs and program review help to define goals and objectives and pointing to critical issues or problems that must be resolved successfully if the organization is to achieve its goals.
Policy Development and Decision Making
SA-SLOs and program review will provide information to inform policy and decision-making in student services and within the institution, with stakeholders outside the institution and with the general public.