SLS Assessment

Questions? Want assistance with assessment? We’re eager to help!

Contact Carol Thurman, SLS Academic Assessment Manager

Why We Assess

Assessment in Serve-Learn-Sustain serves three primary purposes:

  1. To assess achievement of SLS’s Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
  2. To use data for continuous program improvement
  3. To provide data for our accrediting organization, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), that supports our assertions about SLS’s results.  Click here to learn more.

How SLS Assessment Works

Assessment Partners:

Serve-Learn-Sustain is excited to announce our new Assessment Partnership Program! Assessment Partners collaborate with SLS to better integrate assessment into their courses to enrich student learning and also assist SLS with our assessment work related to a particular Student Learning Outcome. Partners receive compensation for their work.

As an Assessment Partner, you will participate in some or all of the following:

1. Identify one SLS Student Learning Outcome (SLO) to assess for your Fall and/or Spring courses, through one activity resulting in a student work product (exam question(s), project, assignment, etc.)

2. Share student products with SLS that focus on the one identified SLO at the conclusion of the semester

3. Participate as a team member in a scoring session of students’ work, in early Spring and/or early Summer

4. Convene with your group and SLS Academic Assessment Manager Carol Thurman the following semester to debrief on your SLO assessment experience


Benefits to You:

  • Advance your skills around course assessment and enhance student learning
  • Collect data that you can use for research and publishing on pedagogy
  • Receive invitations to participate in assessment workshops on topics such as: (to be determined by group interest)
    • Backwards Course Design - using learning outcomes to structure your course
    • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning - giving guidance on publishing on your teaching
  • Get to know other faculty from across campus who are interested in teaching and assessment
  • Receive discretionary funds to use as you wish (see below)

SLS Assessment Working Group

The SLS Assessment Working Group is a 10 member consortium of academic professionals, faculty, and staff from across campus. Click here for member information.