Program-Level Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs)
At the completion of the English Developmental Education Program, the student should:
PSLO Assessment Report Summary
What we looked at:
The purpose of holistic scoring is to assess the developmental education program. The basic research question is: “To what extent are our students showing a proficiency in the writing skills that the developmental program is teaching?” Particularly, the assessment explores the Developmental Education Student Learning Outcomes (SLO’s) #1 and #4: (1.) Demonstrate the skills necessary for the first transfer level courses in English and Math or for the English and Math competencies for the Certificate of Achievement, (4.) Communicate effectively both in writing and orally.
Assessing the extent to which students effectively achieve these abilities assists the department to make adjustments as necessary to the focus of our developmental education curriculum.
The process of investigation was as follows:
What we found:
What we are planning to work on:
We are planning to have more frequent conversations among the instructors in order to discuss our expectations of students work and to help maintain a consistent standard of grading and level of difficulty as regards essay assignments. We will continue to post helpful information on SharePoint (now InSite) as a way to help instructors gain access to helpful planning materials. Staff development and training sessions have been held to continually hone skills in teaching English 70 and 90. The DE Leads will continue to provide suggestions and examples for modeling strong essays, thesis statements, and synthesis techniques as well as for creating thematic units.
Recommendations for students:
English students should begin taking their English courses soon after enrolling at LMC, if possible in their first semester since both English 70 and 90 help students make better use of campus resources as well as gain foundation skills in reading and writing which they can use in their other classes. Students should meet with a counselor to discuss career goals and devise an Educational Plan early in their educational career at LMC so that students can complete classes with the achievement of those goals in mind. Also, students in English courses should always keep in mind the importance of attending class regularly and communicating with the instructor throughout the writing process when essays are assigned in order to get the needed assistance in improving their writing.