Outcomes Assessment Committee (OAC)
Welcome to the Valley College Outcomes Assessment Committee (formerly Student Learning Outcomes) Web site.
The site will provide you will all the forms and information you need for creating and assessing SLOs.
In 2002, the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) established new accreditation guidelines focusing on Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs). Under these guidelines, success is seen as students leaving courses and programs with integrated higher learning skills that they can demonstrate. Faculty are required to define SLOs for each course and program, design assessments that will allow students to demonstrate what they learned, evaluate those assessments, and use the information for improvement. In addition, every area on campus needs to define and assess how what they do contributes to student learning, either directly through SLOs or indirectly through service outcomes.
On this website you will find training materials on the whys and hows of writing and assessing SLOs, all the forms needed for this process, and many additional resources. If you have any questions or suggestions for additional materials, please contact the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.
Additional documentation (Assessments, reports etc. can be found at:
The Outcomes Assessment Committee oversees and coordinates SLO efforts at the campus level. Responsibilities include proposing policies and processes, developing and assessing college-wide program outcomes, and supporting and reviewing the assessment of course and service outcomes. The Committee promotes campus-wide understanding and integration of SLOs, facilitating campus dialogue to enhance institutional effectiveness and the continuous improvement of student learning. Instructional policy items are brought to the Academic Senate and all items are brought to the Program Effectiveness and Planning Committee.
The Outcomes Assessment Committee meets the third Monday of the month from 1:10-2:30 in LARC 203.
- Ensure completion of course assessment cycle round 1
- Begin course assessment cycle round 2
- Begin program assessment cycle round 2
- Continue service outcomes cycle 2
- Complete revision of the Institutional Assessment Plan (IAP).
- Encourage and support the assessment of outcome at all levels.
- Improve the visibility of SLOs to all campus constituencies through trainings, SLO webpages, and other presentations.
Current Agenda & Meeting Minutes