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Outcomes Assessment


Carl Sandburg College has worked on enhancing the assessment process and implementing updated assessment practices since 1995. A noteworthy paradigm shift occurred in assessment circa 2009: one that emphasized a student-centered approach rather than a teacher-centered one. In other words, learning outcomes drive the assessment and content for courses. The Assessment Committee changed its name to the Outcomes Assessment Committee in 2011 to signify this shift and has since then facilitated and utilized an outcomes-based approach to assessment.
The dominant trend of the assessment process at Sandburg is that assessment is a continuous process, one that never pauses and is perpetually improved by all stakeholders.

Your guide to understanding and enhancing the Classroom Assessment Report: CAR Manual


Outcomes-based assessment is…

Outcomes-based assessment is not…

assessment that focuses on students’ final products

assessment that focuses on pedagogy

assessment that is driven by students’ applications of course content

assessment that is driven by courses’ content

assessment that is continuous to understand where students are

assessment that is continual to be repeated for the sake of compliance

assessment that utilizes evaluative techniques that measure student work against set criteria

assessment that utilizes evaluative techniques that measure student work against other student work


Classroom Level Assessment
Once every academic year, all faculty are required to submit a Classroom Assessment Report (CAR)
OAC Moodle Page Link


CARs Completion Data


Program/Department-Level Assessment

As part of Sandburg’s Quality Initiative for accreditation purposes, Institutional Effectiveness is working on enhancing this level of assessment by reconstructing the PQP, Academic Discipline Review, Cross-Disciplinary Curricula, and Student/Academic Affairs forms.


Institutional-Level Assessment
The “learning outcomes” all Sandburg students should acquire upon completion are referred to as General Education Outcomes.
General Education Goal Criteria