Outcomes Assessment

The Outcomes Assessment header

The Outcomes Assessment Committee serves as the liaison to faculty and administration to monitor the ongoing assessment process aimed at measuring and improving student learning. The committee works in collaboration with the Office of Academic Services to coordinate the implementation and administration of the plan for assessing academic achievement filed with the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association (HLC).

Outcomes Assessment Mission Statement

The mission of the Outcomes Assessment Committee at South Suburban College is to promote faculty produced assessment plans which support dynamic assessment tools, fostering student learning and academic growth.

Outcomes Assessment Vision Statement

Outcomes assessment at SSC is a set of collaborative and data-driven endeavors embraced and supported by all faculty for the benefit of students.

2022-23 OA Unit Coordinator Team

Dr. Ona Johnson
Business & Technology:

Dr. Megan Tabag
Social and Behavioral Sciences & Legal Studies:

Dr. Jennifer Medlen
Math, Physical Sciences & Life Sciences

Naomi West
Nursing & Allied Health

Lakesha Jefferson
English, Communication & Fine Arts

Millicent Collier

Becky Walters, J.D.

Outcomes Assessment Master Plan

General Education Outcomes Assessment Timeline

  • This is a three-year cycle of pairs of Gen Ed areas
  • All reports will be sent and stored in D2L.
  • OAC will provide templates for data form, reports, and action plans to faculty.
  • Some faculty will only be doing Gen Ed assessment rather than Course-Level assessment as a result of this cycle. (See Course Map and department chairs for identified courses.)

General Education Area Pairs:

  • YEAR 1 Written Communication and Technology
  • YEAR 2 Oral Communication, Critical Thinking, & Multiculturalism
  • YEAR 3 Research Methodology
Faculty Assesses Outcomes Faculty Analyzes Outcomes Faculty Creates Action Plans to Improve Teaching
Fall 2021/Spring 2022 Fall 2022 Spring 2023
Written Communication

Completed SP 2022
Written Communication

Completed FA 2022
Written Communication

Completed SP 2023
Fall 2022/Spring 2023 Fall 2023 Spring 2024
Oral Communication
Critical Thinking

This Year
Oral Communication
Critical Thinking
Oral Communication
Critical Thinking
Fall 2023/Spring 2024 Fall 2024 Spring 2025
Research Methodology Research Methodology Research Methodology
Fall 2024/Spring 2025 Fall 2025 Spring 2026
Written Communication
Written Communication
Written Communication
Fall 2025/Spring 2026 Fall 2026 Spring 2027
Oral Communication
Critical Thinking
Oral Communication
Critical Thinking
Oral Communication
Critical Thinking

Assessment Cycle

A graphic of SSC Assessment Cycle


Faculty define student learning outcomes.

Develop assessment plan


Faculty sets standards and systematically collect evidence of student learning.


Faculty deliberatively interpret and evaluate the evidence.


Faculty draw conclusions and report on student learning.

Action plan


Faculty execute and document improvement actions.

Begin reassessment

General Education Objectives

In an effort to ensure the measurability of the general education objectives, the department chairs have revised many of the objectives. In addition, departments have also aligned their course objectives with the overall general education objective of the college. The revised General Education Objectives included below.

G1 – The student will demonstrate critical thinking through written, oral or skill-based activities.

G2 – The student will argue with insight, intelligence, eloquence and responsibility.

G3 – The student will express oneself with discipline and creativity.

G4 – The student will demonstrate an understanding of discipline specific material and how it interrelates with other subjects.

G5 – The student will recognize the existence of a multi-cultural society and demonstrate an appreciation of multiple perspectives.

G6 – The student will evaluate the impact of science and technology on the individual, society and the natural world.

C1 – Students will compose written English in a grammatically correct, well-organized and coherent manner for a variety of purposes.

C2 – Students will compose, develop and deliver effective, English, language-based oral presentations for a variety of purposes.

C3 – Students will demonstrate an understanding of the various forms of rhetoric.

C4 – Students will integrate library/research skills into various areas of study.

M1 – Students will demonstrate analytical, quantitative, and problem-solving skills.

M2 – Students will integrate mathematical relationships with other fields of study.

H1 – Students will identify and analyze ideas, movements, civilizations and cultures.

H2 – Students will critically assess and express ideas about cultural diversity and individual roles in society.

FA1 – Students will apply aesthetic reasoning for the expression, analysis, and interpretation of art forms.

FA2 – Students will express themselves by creating or performing works of verbal or non-verbal Art.

SB1 – Students will examine human thought processes and behaviors in diverse populations, cultures and settings.

SB2 – Students will use the principles of Social and Behavioral Science to analyze and interpret individual and world issues

PS1 – Students will demonstrate an ability to effectively use scientific terminology.

PS2 – Students will apply fundamental scientific conceptual frameworks for understanding and evaluating natural phenomena and their causes and effects.

T1 – Students will demonstrate the use of a variety of forms of technology as fundamental tools.

T2 – Students will demonstrate the effective application of current computers and software to a particular field of study.

Power Points to Assist Faculty

FALL 2022 Faculty Development Presentation (Day 1)

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FALL 2022 Faculty Development Presentation (Day 2)

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SPRING 2023 Faculty Development Presentation

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If an instructor is teaching multiple sections of the same course in a semester, it is encouraged to submit assessment scores for the same activity for all of the sections. The more data we have at our disposal the better the subsequent analysis. Within a department, rubric data across several sections of the same course could be utilized in the preparation of departmental annual updates.

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