Why are LEARNING OUTCOMES and ASSESSMENTS important?
Learning outcomes statements and assessments serve students, faculty, departments, and administrators as they:
- Understand and connect the academic visions at the student, course, program, and university levels
- Appreciate why particular courses and programs contribute to the achievement of goals
- Develop language about learning processes.
- Provide reasoned explanations about choices for courses, programs, co-curricular activities, and for attending California Lutheran University
- Work together to enhance the coherence and proper functioning of the curriculum
- Document learning achievements
- Provide evidence about the effectiveness of assignments and course designs
We do this work for the students and the common good. Please note that outside agencies, such as the WASC Senior College and University Commission (https://www.wascsenior.org/), primarily seek to help us monitor our own commitments to our students.
A perspective of assessment at Cal Lutheran is portrayed in Cal Lutheran's Assessment System diagram:
The diagram shows how:
- We structure data collection and gather direct and indirect evidence of educational effectiveness at various levels of the University;
- Communication and reflection occur through meetings and events;
- This reflection leads to informed decision making and planning;
- Communicate the decisions to others, get their reflections; and
- This action returns the cycle to begin the system again.
In summary, Cal Lutheran’s Assessment System is:
- An ongoing process in harmony with Cal Lutheran's Mission and Student Learning Outcomes.
- Informed by the Strategic Plan goals that guide academic and administration members to set targeted goals and systematically review progress towards achieving those goals.
- Captured in the Program Review process.