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San Francisco State University Learning Outcomes

San Francisco State University has four levels of assessment:  Institutional Assessment, Academic Program Assessment, General Education assessment, and Student Services/Co-curricular Assessment.

The office of Academic Institutional Research (AIR) carries out data gathering and analysis for institutional assessment.  Eight types of measures are ongoing at this level:

  •  NSSE Survey
  •  FSSE Survey
  •  Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA)
  •  The Pulse Survey
  •  Senior (Undergraduate) Exit Survey
  •  Graduate Exit Survey
  •  HERI Faculty Survey
  •  SF State Strategic Plan Assessment

Academic program assessment is scheduled with each department, and the reports are reviewed by the Associate Vice President for Academic Planning and Development, who determines report timelines.  Some departments submit reports on an annual basis.  Departments that have fully assessed all of their learning outcomes are encouraged to conduct mini-studies on a currently relevant learning issue and are given an appropriate timeline for completion.

General Education assessment is in the process of revision as the new General Education program is implemented.  The new program will being fall 2014.  Currently, the University Academic Assessment Advisory Committee is developing curriculum maps for a course-embedded assessment plan that will be integrated into departmental program review.

Student Affairs/Enrollment Management is in its fourth cycle of outcomes-based assessment.   Directors for each unit of the division have developed student learning outcomes and assessment instruments.  They have collected and analyzed data on extra-curricular programs and student services and are making changes based on their findings.  Similarly, the academic co-curricular programs are also assessed on a regular basis.  The Campus Academic Resource Program evaluates its tutorial sessions, academic support sessions, test preparation programs, and outreach projects on an ongoing basis.  The Learning Assistance Center also conducts ongoing program evaluations.