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Outcomes Assessment Review Committee (OARC)

Mission/Purpose Statement

The Outcomes Assessment Review Committee (OARC), a subcommittee of the College Planning Council, oversees, analyzes and evaluates all campus SLO and AUO (Administrative Unit Outcomes) assessment activities, a key component of campus institutional effectiveness and accreditation efforts. OARC provides support to faculty and staff engaged in outcomes assessment by analyzing the results of those efforts and making recommendations for how to improve them.

Its annual report reviews assessment results in Instruction, Student Services, the Library and Administration, looking for common themes and broad trends. The report, which makes recommendations for improving student learning and campus SLO processes, is shared with college-wide governing bodies: the Governing Board, the College Planning Council, the Faculty Senate, the Student Senate, and the two employee unions.

In addition, when needed, the committee provides staff development training in outcomes assessment and produces best practices manuals, how-to workbooks and other pertinent materials to assist faculty and staff with their outcomes assessment work.

OARC is also empowered to initiate a college-wide dialog process to analyze and solve broad issues about student learning that have been revealed by SLO assessment results across the campus.


2018-19 Goals:

  1. Goal One: Complete Active Projects in Preparation for Accreditation Site Visit Action Items:

    1. Complete the assessment of all inter-disciplinary program outcomes.
    2. Assess usefulness of disaggregating SLO data based on course format.
    3. Evaluate the SLO assessment workflow in eLumen.
    4. Brainstorm solutions to any developing problems with the eLumen SLO module itself.

    Goal Two: Promote Advances in Assessment Discussions for Instructional SLOs
    Action Items: 

    1. Encourage departments to improve the quality of their SLO assessments, discussions, and program plan narratives. SLO assessment is now standard departmental practice. OARC hopes to encourage departments to engage in more sophisticated SLO assessment analyses.
      1. Highlight exemplary SLO narratives from previously-approved program plans.
      2. Re-evaluate SLO assessment information presented to faculty in Flex workshops, in eLumen, and in CIP’s program planning instructions to better clarify the purpose of SLO assessment.
      3. Continue to encourage and train departments to disaggregate SLO data for more informative assessment results.
    2. Identify best practices for encouraging full-time and adjunct faculty participation in SLO assessments and discussions, and disseminate these tips to department chairs.
    3. Re-examine the practice of rating faculty participation on departmental SLO forms and in OARC’s annual report to determine if consistent definitions for participation levels across departments are necessary.

    Goal Three: Support Student Services and Administrative Services in SLO/AUO Assessment
    Action Items: 

    1. Encourage more frequent component-wide SLO discussion during Student Services Council meetings and Administrative Services Council meetings.
    2. Provide support for Administrative Units in AUO writing and assessment.
    3. Provide continued support to Student Services on SLO assessment practices.
    4. Expand the eLumen SLO module to include SLO/AUO assessment from Student Services and Administrative Units.
    5. Provide eLumen training to Student Services and Administrative Units staff and faculty.

    Goal Four: Encourage Sharing Assessment Results and Innovative Best Practices Across Departments
    Action Items: 

    1. Write OARC annual report analyzing assessment data and process in Instruction, Library, Student Services, and Administration.
    2. Share annual report with Faculty Senate, CPC, and Governing Board.
    3. Support Guided Pathways with assessment-related issues, such as mapping and assessing pathway outcomes.
    4. Create vehicles for sharing assessment results and innovative best practices across campus.
    5. Evaluate effectiveness of vehicles used to share assessment results.

    *asterisk denotes reference to the Cabrillo College Strategic Plan

    Who They Report To

    College Planning Committee (CPC)

    Link to Agendas and Minutes


    Chair and Member Listing

    For more information, visit OARC in BoardDocs.

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