Learning Outcomes Assessment

The Instructional Assessment Committee provides oversight for the assessment of student learning outcomes, with technical assistance from Effectiveness and College Relations. There are two primary aspects of learning outcomes assessment at LCC.

Curriculum and Program Review addresses outcomes for degree and certificate programs and disciplines.

Global Skills addresses assessment of general education outcomes.

Curriculum and Program Review

The Instructional Assessment Committee is responsible for facilitating curriculum and program review for all instructional programs and disciplines. Faculty are charged with completing one or more sections of the review every quarter, as noted on the template.

Report Format for Curriculum and Program Review

A template for completion of the review is available on the "Curriculum and Program Review" shared network folder, accessible by all full-time faculty and instructional administrators. Deans and/or department chairs may request access to the shared folder for additional personnel through Information Services.

Faculty are required to use the Curriculum and Program Review template. The complete document is available below for reference, in addition to other resources. 

Learn more: Faculty Assessment Handbook

More detailed information about the Curriculum & Program Review process as well as Global Skills assessment is available in the Faculty Assessment Handbook. 

Additional Learning Outcome Assessment Resources


The Association of American Colleges & Universities VALUE Rubrics are available for 16 different learning outcomes, including inquiry and analysis, critical thinking, creative thinking, written communication, oral communication, reading, quantitative literacy, information literacy, teamwork, problem solving, civic engagement, intercultural knowledge and competence, ethical reasoning, lifelong learning, and global learning.

A DIY (Do-it-Yourself) Approach to Tracking and Improving Student Learning Outcomes

This article by Dian Schaffhauser, A Simple DIY Approach to Tracking and Improving Student Learning Outcomesdetails how a professor and former dean of performance excellence at San Antonio College uses Excel data to inform his instruction and achieve better learning outcomes for his students.

NWCCU Rubrics

The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) has created a number of rubrics to assist colleges in developing their assessment and other processes.

SBCTC Data Tools/Reports

Annual Reports:

Enrollment and Allocation Reports: “The data on this web page includes quarterly enrollment and allocation monitoring reports. These are used for FTE target monitoring of various programs throughout the academic year."

Annual Reports Data: College Access Only: “This webpage contains a series of data dashboards and reports that describe enrollments, allocations, and student progress and completions."

Academic Year Report Dashboard: This dashboard provides student headcount and FTE by student information and course information, and it also provides Financial Aid data by college.

Research Reports:

The SBCTC provides research studies/reports on a variety of topics. To see the list of SBCTC research reports, visit the Research Publications webpage of the SBCTC website.

Data Tables:

The SBCTC also provides a series of data tables available to college faculty/staff, located on the Data Tables webpage of the SBCTC website. Please note that some/all of the data tables on this webpage may only be accessed from a college computer/device (IP address in WA CTC system).

eLearning data: “includes student reports (FTE and Headcount) as well as online and hybrid course completion rates.”

Student/Faculty (S/F) Ratios: is an interactive data tool that allows users to view S/F ratios by college, subject cluster, etc.

Centers of Excellence: contains several years of enrollment and completions data by career cluster, with each academic year as a separate file.

Please note:  All text in quotations was taken directly from the webpage content on the SBCTC website that describes the data tools/reports. Visit the Research Homepage of the SBCTC website to see the above data tools/reports and others provided by SBCTC research staff.

Labor Market Data Resources

Washington Career Bridge: provides labor market and career information for Washington State.

Employment Security Department (ESD) for Washington State: provides employment information (including labor market information) and data for Washington at state and regional level. To view in-demand occupations in the state or region, click on the Learn About an Occupation link and search for occupations and filter by location. The ESD also provides Employer Demand Reports and a Supply-Demand Report.

Bureau of Labor Statistics: provides national wage and employment data by occupation, industry, and sector.

Career One Stop: provides national labor market and career information.

Course Data

To view course data for LCC in Excel, click on the relevant year below. Be sure to read the instructions before you get started!


Assessing the Assessment

Faculty are periodically asked for feedback on the Curriculum & Program Review process. See what they said in 2016 and 2017.

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