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Student Learning and Administrative Outcomes

Graphic of Institutional Learning

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
Program Outcomes (PO)
Integrated Planning And Institutional Effectiveness

City College began Student Learning, Program Outcome and Institutional Assessment work in May 2003. The process has involved the instructional student and administrative services community in an institution-wide dialogue at the "grass roots" level. Staff and faculty began with dialogue regarding their values, the nature of their teaching, and goals for learning in their programs. They design and measure student learning or administrative outcomes that are unique to their programs and departments. Our efforts are directed towards incremental program improvement in meaningful ways and accreditation compliance.

The faculty and staff of each department determine and develop their own outcomes for on-going continuous course and program improvement. They select the areas for improvement, the methods of assessment, collect the findings and plan action for continued improvement. The department faculty and staff document their continuous cycles of improvement using an online software tool called Taskstream. Taskstream has served as a repository for ongoing improvement of courses and program throughout San Diego City College since 2009. Beginning in Fall 2022, Nuventive is the online software tool that will be replacing Taskstream. 

Nuventive Training and Mentoring for
Entering Student Learning and Program Outcomes

Taskstream training and mentoring is offered using a variety of training methods including team and individual training workshops, walk-in labs and through the support of Department Chairs & Outcome Liaisons.

Open Hours/Trainings Spring 2023

Faculty Assessment Coordinator:

Alisha Bettencourt, PhD- Psychology Adjunct: 

The Assessment Cycle

Gathering evidence of academic and institutional accomplishments and the knowledge, skills and competencies students gain as a result of their college experience - is a continuous process. It occurs at various levels and across many dimensions throughout the college. The findings enable our institution to make improvements, assess the impact of changes in academic programs, and provide evidence of learning outcomes to those to whom they are accountable.

At the course level (CSLO), we measure ALL courses at least once per academic year and submit to Taskstream by the spring grade due date. If the course was not offered, we access the course within Taskstream and note the academic year as "not offered".

Program Outcomes (PO) are assessed throughout the 3 year Comprehensive Plan and Annual Updates Cycle also known as program review.

Institutional Outcomes (ISLO) are measured through a multi year cycle utilizing data from students that have completed a degree or certificate at SDCC.

Institutional Learning Outcomes

Communication/Interpersonal Skills

Students will be able to communicate effectively in a variety of settings using oral and written communication modalities.

Critical Thinking

Students will be able to apply critical thinking skills in order to analyze data, text and issues.


Students will be able to apply mathematical concepts to perform computations and analyze and interpret data.

Cultural Sensitivity/Global Awareness

Students will be able to successfully interact with individuals representing a wide range of backgrounds, analyze varying cultural beliefs and behaviors, and identify social, political and economic issues relevant to the local community, the state, the nation, and the world.

Information Management/Information Literacy

Students will be able to obtain data from various sources, as well as organize, process and analyze data for relevancy.

Personal Responsibility

Students will be able to demonstrate self-awareness and navigate effectively between one's own value system, professional obligations and responsibilities as a member of society.

Civic and Environmental Responsibility

Students will be able to relate the natural environment to human health and happiness and evaluate the effect of human activity on the welfare of the global environment.

View the ISLO Assessment

View Program Outcomes (Catalog)

View Course Outcomes (Curricunet)

Outcome Cycle

Assessment Coordinator Program Outcomes

  1. All employees will be able to login and update their data in Nuventive. 

  2. All courses and programs will be assessed (identified, measured, and action planned).

  3. The Assessment Coordinator will create a meaningful process of comprehensive planning and outcome assessment.