PSLO Assessment Report Summary
What we wanted to learn about our students:
1. What Institutional Student Learning Outcomes and/or Program Student Learning Outcomes
does this project assess?
PSLO 1: Be qualified for entry level position in the field.
2. What is the research question investigated by this project?
Do LMC Recording Arts graduates find and keep professional work?
3. Why is this research question of importance to the program? What background information
is needed to understand the rationale for this project?
This is the essential question for any program of this type.
Background information: The understanding that “work” in this field is primarily entrepreneurial,
though some may find employment in corporate organizations.
What we did:
4. How was the research question investigated? What students were studied? (If sampling
was used, how was the sample chosen? Did the sample adequately represent all students
in the program? Explain.)
Direct: Former students known to the college to be working in the industry were contacted
directly via email.
Indirect: Several former students initiated contact with the department to report
their work status.
5. Were direct, indirect, or qualitative measures used in the assessment? answered
Direct measures of student learning through an assessment of student work: Describe
the assessment instrument, the process used for scoring student papers, and give a
description of proficiency.
Current student work was not evaluated for this study.
Indirect measures of student performance such as success rates, numbers of certificates
“Success rate” was defined in 2 categories:
- Generating income from freelance or contract work
- Maintaining an income source over more than 3 years
Precisely define the measure. Briefly explain how the indirect measures give information
about the Student Learning Outcome.
Success in the Recording Field typically requires a multi-year commitment. Only those
willing to endure this process are likely to find long term work. The former students
who responded to the survey, as well as those who volunteered unsolicited information
give a good indication of the overall effectiveness of the program over the long run.
6. Qualitative measures of student or faculty perception gathered through surveys,
interviews, etc. Attach a copy of the survey or interview questions. Briefly explain
how the qualitative measures give information about the Student Learning Outcome.
The following questions were asked:
- When did you attend the Recording Arts program at LMC?
- Did you complete the program?
- If not, why not?
- What kind of work have you done in the field since that time? (List all sequentially,
- Did you feel adequately prepared for the entry level work?
- If not, why not?
- Based on your work experience, what suggestions do you have for enhancing an LMC Recording
Arts graduate’s opportunities in the field?
What we learned about our students:
7. What are the findings or results of this project?
Summarize the data.
- Tracking former students is a formidable task. Contact data is often out of date and
response ratio is quite small.
- Those respondents who are still involved in the field credit both the instruction
at LMC and the regard for the program by the industry in general for much of their
- About a third of the respondents began work in the field before completion of the
8. What do the results mean? What hypothesis is the most plausible explanation for
- While there is no question that instruction in the Recording Arts Program enhanced
opportunities in the field, the changing nature of the industry itself over the past
20 years presents a challenge to the old paradigm of preparing workers, however skilled,
for a corporate entity. Technology has made this a career for freelancers and entrepreneurs,
by and large.
- This field changes so rapidly that opportunities often present themselves even before
a program can be fully completed.
What we plan to do next to improve student learning:
9. How will the results of this project be used to improve student learning in the
program? What is the plan of action? Who is responsible for implementing the action
plan and what is the timeline?
Timelines for the above will be discussed within the Department over the next several
- The Recording Arts Prorgam must be adjusted to reflect the realities faced by real-world
scenarios. While course content, per se, continues to be relevant, some emphasis shift
is in order for individual topics. Discussion will be initiated within the Department
as to how best to accomplish this.
- There appears to be a demand for “continuation learning”, such that former students
now working in the field can be brought up to speed on current protocols and hardware/software.
This may involve the “repeating” of some courses whose content has been updated since
the student last attended. It is anticipated that a mechanism can be worked out between
the college and the Department so that such “repeats” can be authorized.