Welcome to Assessment in the Office of Planning and Research

At South we assess student learning of course, program, and institutional outcomes. We also assess the achievement of outcomes set forth by various departments/areas across our campus. We assess so that we know how we are doing and how we can make changes to improve!

In 2019, South Seattle College underwent an on-site peer evaluation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The NWCCU granted South re-affirmation of accreditation status. The college also received four commendations and five recommendations. The Commission recommended that South Seattle College:

3. Regularly review and document assessment, of course, program, and degree student learning outcomes (including general education learning outcomes), and ensure that the results of assessments are used to inform planning and practices that enhance and improve student learning (Standard 4.A.3, 4.B.2).

In response, an Assessment Committee was established and begin meeting winter quarter 2020. Using a parallel focus of current assessment work occurring throughout the college, the committee is considering general educational learning outcomes (Student Learning Outcomes/SLOs) in Academic Programs and Program Review in Professional Technical/BAS Programs. The goal is to establish or prepare for a global alignment of assessment approaches and practices.

The Committee is also reviewing trends in multiple colleges to reduce general education outcomes and exploring the possibility of fewer outcomes in this area at South. During this process, the Committee will consider if outcomes can be scrupulously assessed and if assessment practices are consistent with South’s anti-racist college focus.

Instructional Assessment

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)

Rubric Teams from Academic Transfer Programs created seven rubrics we use to assess our Student Learning Outcomes (SLO) at the college. These rubrics were developed by faculty over the course of the 2015-2016 academic year.  Rubric content was influenced heavily by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Value Rubrics and was modified to fit our student population at South and the SLO as defined at our College. 

SLO Rubics

Program Learning Outcomes (PLO)

All Professional Technical Programs at South Seattle College link their Course Outcomes to Program Learning Outcomes and up to our Student Learning Outcomes.  The listing of all Master Course Outlines can be found using the Inside Seattle Colleges link and accessing the Automated Course Approval System (ACAS).

Professional Technical Programs are assessed in a three year cycle. This process consists of an External Program Review (EPR) and an Internal Program Assessment (IPA). Currently the EPR is conducted by an external consultant, in conjunction with our Institutional Research, Program Dean(s), and the program Technical Advisory Committee (TAC). The IPA process is a collaboration between the Program Dean(s), our Assessment Office, and the SPARC ASC sub-committee. 

Course Learning Outcomes (CLO)

Faculty members in individual programs and disciplines assess Course Learning Outcomes (CLO) in an on-going manner. Faculty work together to determine course learning outcomes of interest for the year and assess student achievement of those course learning outcomes in a variety of manners. Data is collected through Canvas surveys and Google documents and stored in the Office of Planning and Research. Course level information is used by instructors, programs, departments and divisions in order to continuously improve teaching practice and increase student success.

Non-Instructional Assessment

In Spring 2015 we began working with Managers of Student Services (MOSS) to provide background, structure, and information on best practices surrounding work plans and assessing their success/accomplishments. Area supervisors develop their own work plans and we help determine the assessment piece as a feedback loop for determining success and/or progress with the work plans.