Pima Community College

BIO/ENV Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)


SLO Assessment Plan for 2015-2016

SLO Letter for Faculty (from Carol Huthinson 12/7/15)
SLO Summary and Next Steps (from Carol Hutchinson 12/14/15)


Due no later than 2 weeks after last day of classes: Every faculty member will answer 5 questions on each student learning outcome for every section, of every course he/she teaches (see Fall 2015 Course level Instructions and Faculty SLO Interface Instructions available from the Teach Tab in MyPima). Data can be entered anytime throughout the semester, but once you have entered data for a particular SLO, those data cannot be updated later for that SLO. The deadline for submitting SLO data is no later than 2 weeks after the last day of classes.

To enter data, you open MyPima (best in Firefox, then Chrome, but not Internet Explorer), click on the Teach tab, then click on the Faculty SLO Interface under the Quick Links (note you can click to watch the video or to read the instructions), then click on "Enter SLO Information", then click on the pencil next to the class for which you want to enter data. Enter the answers to the 5 questions for each SLO.

The 5 questions are:

  1. Enter method of assessment [a drop down list is used for questions 1-4]
  2. How many students assessed?
  3. How many students successful? [for now, you determine the cutoff]
  4. Based on results, are changes necessary? [for now, you determine the cutoff]
  5. What changes do you recommend to the course and/or the assessment method? [a text box is given]

For now, we are allowed to come up with our own method of assessing our class SLOs (for now you must pick just one even if you used multiple methods). The drop down list contains the following methods of assessment: Activity Log, Assignment, Capstone, Case Study, Direct Observation, Essay, Homework, Embedded Assessment, Internship/Practicum, Interview, Licensure Exam, Portfolio, Pre-test/Post-test, Project, Questionaire/Survey, Quiz, Report, and Test.


In biology, we have one certificate program -- Biotechnology.
Due November 30, 2016: Program-level Student Learning Outcomes mapped to courses.


Step 1 (Due Sept. 30, 2015): Life Sciences General Education Course Mapping (columns A, B, C).
Step 2 (Skipped for now): For each general education course, identify the general education sub-outcome that you believe the course addresses (column D).
Step 3 (Due Jan. 20, 2016 but please fill in your part by Dec. 1): Now we have fill in the last two columns (E and F) of the Google Sheet created by Jennifer Katcher: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1qgkLDpMuUYuslvyb-dNyFhaVfO2NK6hfqWIIu31rqxs/edit#gid=0
Here is a pdf of latest draft (12/6/15)
Directions: for each course and each SLO, identify the instructional activities that cultivate the outcome and the assessments used to measure student mastery of the outcome and input the information into the Google Sheet file. Here is a sample provided by the Gen Ed Committee).

Documents provided by Gen Ed Committee regarding General Education SLO Assessment:



SLO Assessment Plan for 2015-2016

Past, Current, and Future Assessments

2014-2015 (In Progress)

  • Bio 156 (Steve Mackie): Biology Structures
    • Baseline Fall 2014 and Spring 2015. Close loop Fall 2015.
  • Bio 201 (Cydnee Ludt): Biology Structures
    • Baseline Spring 2015. Close loop Fall 2015.
  • Bio 105, 109, 182 (Nan Schmidt): Nature of Science
    • Baseline Spring 2015 and Fall 2015. Close loop Spring 2016.

Step 1: Create a New Assessment

  • Choose a performance objective, topic, skill, etc. with which students have difficulty and that you want to improve.
  • Choose a Bio/Env and College-wide Outcome that best matches what you want to assess.
    • for a Single Course (e.g., BIO 201) or a Group of Courses (BIO 201, 202).
  • Create an Assessment Tool (see types) with Grading Rubric and Numerical Criteria for Success.
  • Create an Action Plan and submit to the Discipline Leader.

Step 2: Conduct Assessment to obtain Baseline Data

  • Course Leader should provide assessment information to a designated person at each Campus.
  • The designated campus leader for the course should facilitate the carrying out of the assessment in all sections of the course at that campus and pass on results to the Course Leader.
  • Course Leader shall collect, summarize, share, and discuss Results.
  • Course Leader reports results to the Discipline Leader.

Step 3: Create an Intervention:

  • Create a change in pedagogy, curriculum, etc to improve student success in the course and implement across all sections. Course Leader reports intervention plan to Discipline Leader.

Step 4: Reassess to Close the Loop

  • Implement intervention (changes in the course/program to improve student success).
  • Reassess using the same assessment tool, grading rubric, and numerical criteria for success.
  • Collect, Summarize, Share, and Discuss Results compared to the baseline data.
  • Course Leader reports results to the Discipline Leader.

Step 5: Continue Improvement

  • Implement new changes to improve student success and continue process with existing assessment tool OR create a new assessment. You may want to revisit past assessment tools in the future. Create an Action Plan and submit to the Discipline Leader.
last updated December 14, 2015