Learning Outcomes and Assessment

Formation of LOA


COCC Faculty: Intranet resources for instructional assessment

As a subcommittee to Academic Affairs, the Learning Outcomes Assessment (LOA) Committee plays a vital role in sustaining meaningful student learning outcomes assessment at COCC by: 

  1. Building on the College's existing system of instructional assessment.
  2. Ensuring that instructional assessment efforts are faculty led.
  3. Leading the response to NWCCU accreditation recommendations concerning student learning outcomes and instructional assessment.[1]
  4. Coordinating and communicating its efforts with faculty, Academic Affairs, the Vice President for Instruction, and the Director of Assessment and Curriculum.

By drawing on current best practices, LOA provides guidance, coaching, and leadership for the development and assessment of course- and program-level student learning outcomes by assisting faculty efforts to:

  • Map the relationships among and between courses, programs, and degrees.
  • Compose, modify, and store student learning outcomes.
  • Support and sustain a culture of inquiry and continuous improvement.
  • Plan and design measurable learning activities and assessments.
  • Gather and analyze evidence of learning.
  • Reflect upon this evidence in order to improve the planning and design of courses and programs.
  • Maintain a regular, consistent schedule of instructional assessment.
  • Collect and store learning evidence.

For more information about the charge of LOA, see the entry in COCC's General Procedures Manual.


[1] According to the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) standards, Faculty with teaching responsibilities take collective responsibility for fostering and assessing student achievement of clearly identified learning outcomes.