Student Learning Assessment

What is student learning assessment?

Assessment of student learning helps answer the question, "How do we know what students are learning, and how well they are learning it?"  Assessment of  student learning is an integral part of our Learning College and is an ongoing process consisting of five key stages: 

  1. Learning objectives are identified.
  2. Teaching and learning strategies are selected.
  3. Data on student learning is gathered.
  4. Data results are analyzed and interpreted.
  5. Decisions are made based on the data and implemented to improve student learning.

Assessment of student learning is not the same as giving grades.

Who benefits?

Everyone benefits from student learning assessment!  Faculty learn what works and what doesn't work and make changes accordingly to enhance student learning.  Students receive clear learning expectations, enabling them to become full partners in the learning process.  Administrators receive valuable assessment data that can be used for planning and decision-making.

Which general education learning outcomes are assessed here?

In support of the MCCCD General Education Statement, five general education areas are assessed at Phoenix College:

  • Critical Thinking - Students will be able to apply critical thinking skills to solve problems, make informed decisions, and interpret events.
  • Information Literacy - Students will recognize when information is needed, identify appropriate types of information, and locate, evaluate, and use information effectively, ethically, and legally.
  • Numeracy - Students will use numerical concepts and data effectively.
  • Oral Presentation - Students will plan and deliver an oral presentation to a target audience at a satisfactory level.
  • Writing - Students will use writing skills to communicate effectively.