The Outcomes Assessment Taskforce oversees planning and implementation of Student and Institutional Outcomes Assessment. Thus, our assessment efforts help ensure that we fulfill our mission of providing innovative educational environments, opportunities, and experiences that enable individuals, communities, and the region to grow, thrive, and prosper.

Richland Assessment Framework

Student Learning Outcomes

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  • Oral Communication
  • Written Communication
  • Information Literacy
  • Critical and Creative Thinking

are vital learning outcomes that prepare students for life outside Richland Community College. Academic and business leaders look for students who use these learning outcomes to solve many of the most important problems they will encounter in college and the workplace.

Student learning outcomes statements clearly state the expected knowledge, skills, attitudes, competencies, and habits of mind that students are expected to acquire at an institution of higher education.

In 2008, Richland Community College formally adopted four cross-disciplinary student learning outcomes with input from the Outcomes Assessment Taskforce and faculty. Cross-disciplinary learning outcomes are defined as learning outcomes comprised of transferable skills, attitudes, and abilities to be mastered by all learners completing a degree or certificate at Richland. Cross-disciplinary learning outcomes go beyond a specific program, major, or discipline thread, are integrated throughout the learning experience, and are often set as learning goals.

Assessment Plans

Campus plans for gathering evidence of student learning might include institution-wide or program specific approaches that convey how student learning will be assessed, the data collection tools and approaches that will be used, and the timeline for implementation.

Cross Disciplinary Outcomes Assessment Plan

CDO Assessment Timeline

Cross Disciplinary Outcomes Assessment Process

CDO Assessment Process Diagram

Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Diagram

Assessment Resources

The framework and definitions were provided courtesy of the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment.

Citation: National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (2011). Transparency Framework. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA).