Curriculum and Assessment Office

​Cedar Valley College instituted a centralized model for assessment of student learning at the core objective and program level in December 2017 in an effort to create a more visible and coherent infrastructure.

The Curriculum and Assessment Office is situated in the area of Instruction, headed by the Vice President of Instruction (VPI). One of the goals of the Curriculum & Assessment Office is to develop and execute sustained core objective and program level assessment efforts as part of a manageable cycle for ongoing improvement of student learning based on assessment results.

 Assessment: What It Is

Assessment is the methodical collection of information over a period of time about student learning and the use of that information to create a cycle of improved teaching and learning. Improvement plans should reflect improvement upon pedagogy, curriculum, and program planning. Cedar Valley College uses assessment to better understand how different courses and programs affect our students throughout their CVC experience so that better coordination and collaboration can take place toward improving the student learning experience.

 Assessment: How We Use It

The faculty at Cedar Valley College are focused on continuously improving the student learning experience through informed decision making. Assessment guides that process. The goals of assessment at the core objective and program level include:

  • Involvement of all faculty and staff in assessment processes in an appropriate manner
  • Provide faculty the opportunity to reflect upon their practice and student learning
  • Utilize data to inform and guide planning and to foster improvement (closing the loop)

Assessment aims to answer the question: What do we want our students to learn, what are they actually learning, and how do we know? This collaborative process is a major part of institutional effectiveness, as it allows faculty to compare outcomes with purposes, goals, and objectives while identifying areas of congruence and incongruence.

Student Learning Outcomes Assessment

Outcomes assessment is the process of setting goals, determining how well those goals are being met, and determining the best course of action to take to improve those results. Student learning outcomes or SLOs are statements that specify what students will know, be able to do or be able to demonstrate when they have completed or participated in a program/activity/course/project. Outcomes are usually expressed as knowledge, skills, attitudes or values. Faculty are responsible for reviewing and monitoring student learning outcomes at the course level.