Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs) represent educational values of the College and describe knowledge, skills, and abilities
that all OCC graduates should develop through their overall experience at the College.
Each OCC graduate should be exposed to curricular and/or co-curricular learning opportunities
associated with all ILOs.
General Education Outcomes (GEOs) support the foundation of the ILOs and describe knowledge, skills, and abilities that
OCC students should develop after completing general education coursework. There can
be considerable overlap between ILOs and GEOs; however, unlike ILOs, students will
encounter at least one GEO dimension in each course but may not be exposed to learning
opportunities associated with all GEOs.
Program Outcomesdescribe knowledge, skills, and abilities that OCC students should develop after completing
a particular program. Program outcomes are often cumulative outcomes that reflect
student learning achieved across multiple courses within a program.
Common Course Outcomes (CCOs)describe knowledge, skills, and abilities that OCC students should develop after completing
a particular course. At least one CCO in each course is mapped to a GEO.
Course/Lesson Objectives describe concepts or topics taught in a particular course or lesson. Data on student
learning of course/lesson objectives is collected at the faculty level and are intended
to support and map to the hierarchy of learning outcomes above.
Student Learning Assessment follows a continues quality improvement cycle. As such,
faculty develop assessment plans to measure student learning on developed outcomes.
Plans for each outcome include a specific benchmark (learning target), assessment
method (rubrics, exams, papers, activities, etc.), and an assessment frequency. After
assessment plans are complete, faculty and administration manage student learning
assessment data through the Assessment Results Tracking Information System (ARTIS).
When student learning falls below the learning target action plans to improve curriculum,
pedagogy or the assessment plan are developed and then tracked to be sure the action
is effective in increasing student learning.
Who is Involved in Student Learning Assessment at OCC?
Assessment at OCC is a collaborative process involving faculty and staff, with student
learning and student success as the core focus. OCC faculty take the lead in developing
learning outcomes (goals) and implementing assessment activities across the College
to measure student learning. The Student Outcomes Assessment Committee (SOAC) is an
advisory committee of faculty and staff committed to continuous improvement of student
learning at the College. The Office of Institutional Effectiveness and SOAC provide
support to OCC faculty in all assessment-related matters. The College supports assessment
further by employing faculty assessment facilitators and program/student learning
coordinators as identified leaders for student learning assessment in their respective
programs or disciplines.
SOAC exists to collaborate with OCC faculty, staff, and the Office of Institutional
Effectiveness (IE) to help lead, shape, and support the implementation of student
learning outcomes and assessment at all levels of the institution.
Student Learning Assessment Data
At OCC, faculty and administration manage student learning assessment data through
the Assessment Results Tracking Information System (ARTIS). ARTIS is a transactional
website developed by OCC that program/student learning coordinators (faculty and staff),
academic deans, and the Office of Institutional Effectiveness use to manage all aspects
of student learning assessment. ARTIS also supports transparency of student learning
assessment data by displaying outcomes, plans, findings, and actions in an assessment
dashboard; this dashboard is available to everyone employed by the College via the