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Assessing: Administering Assessment Method(s) to students near the end of a course in order to determine whether the students can perform SLOs competently and entering Assessment Scores into the college's official Outcomes Reporting Database (eLumen).  All instructors assess all students in all sections of every course taught during the fall and spring semesters.
ASSESSMENT: A general term for all of the processes involved in developing Outcomes and Assessing students.
Assessment Method: A test, composition, essay, presentation, portfolio, performance, etc. used to determine whether students have achieved Competency in specific SLO(s).
Assessment Method (Embedded): Occurs within the regular class or curricular activity. Regularly scheduled class assignments (i.e., test question(s), composition, presentation, portfolio, project, or performance) are used, in whole or in part, to score students on SLOs. Specific questions can be embedded on exams in classes across courses, departments, programs, or the institution.
Assessment Scale: Numeric or other indicators of levels of competency. (Pierce College is currently using a 3-level Assessment Scale: 0=does not meet SLO, 1=meets SLO, and N/A=not assessed.)
Assessment Scores: Students' scores on an Assessment Method (0, 1 or N/A).
Authentic Assessment: Authentic Assessment is a form of assessment in which students are asked to perform tasks that demonstrate meaningful application of essential knowledge and skills. (adapted from Jon Mueller)
Competency: A student's ability to perform on an Assessment Method as defined by the corresponding Rubric.
Course Report: A short written narrative analyzing and evaluating the Assessment Scores from the previous 4-year Course Reporting Cycle for all sections of a course and planning improvements for the next 4-year Course Reporting Cycle.  All instructors who teach said course should be invited to participate in the discussion, analysis, reflection, and writing of the narrative. Course Reports are written once every 4 years for each course.
Course Reporting Cycle: Four-year period during which Assessment Scores for a specific course are collected and entered into the college's official Outcomes Reporting Database (eLumen). At the end of the four year period, the Assessment Scores are discussed, analyzed, and reflected upon by the faculty members who teach said course, and a Course Report is written and entered into the college's official Outcomes Reporting Database (eLumen).
Course Reporting: Entry of Course Reports into the college's official Outcomes Reporting Database (eLumen).  A department chair or any designated faculty member or staff member who is approved by the department can enter Course Reports into the college's official Outcomes Reporting Database (eLumen). Course Reporting is done once every 4 years for each course.
Course Reporting Calendar: A matrix showing when Course Reports will be written for each course within a department.
eLumen: A software program used by Pierce College (as of Spring 2015) as an Outcomes Reporting Database.
Objectives: Objectives are small steps that lead toward a goal. Objectives can be the discrete course content that faculty members cover within a discipline. Numerous Objectives create a framework for the overarching SLOs, which involve synthesizing, evaluating, and analyzing many of the Objectives.
OUTCOMES: A general term referring to SLOs (Student Learning Outcomes), PLOs (Program Learning Outcomes), GELOs (General Education Learning Outcomes), SAOs (Service Area Outcomes), and ILOs (Institutional Learning Outcomes).
Outcomes Data: Collectively refers to Assessment Scores and Course Reports. Outcomes Data for Pierce College is located in eLumen.
Outcomes Database: Repository for all of Pierce College's SLOs, PLOs, SAOs, ILOs, and Outcomes Data. As of spring 2015, the college's official Outcomes Database is eLumen.
Performance Measure: Percentage of students who perform competently on SLOs.
Rubric: Criteria used to score a test, composition, essay, presentation, portfolio, performance, etc. which is being used as an Assessment Method.
SLOs (Student Learning Outcomes): Specific observable or measurable results that are expected of students subsequent to a learning experience. An SLO refers to an overarching skill or ability achieved as a result of a course, program, degree, certificate, or service area. SLOs describe a student's ability to synthesize discrete skills and information using higher level thinking and to produce something that asks them to apply what they've learned. SLOs usually encompass a gathering together of smaller discrete Objectives through analysis, evaluation, and synthesis into more sophisticated skills and abilities.​