Student Learning Academy
Focusing on Student Learning: An Institution’s Transformation
In early 2009 Oakland Community College began a four year
initiative with the Higher Learning Commission’s (HLC) Academy for Assessment of
Student Learning. The college applied for membership in the Academy as an
alternative to a 2012 Focus Visit that would have evaluated OCC's progress in
fully implementing its comprehensive student learning outcomes assessment
As a first major step of our participation, OCC established
a steering committee referred to as the Student learning Academy (SLA).
Consisting of knowledgeable faculty and
academic administrative staff the SLA guided the college through the Academy.
Membership in the Academy supported the college’s efforts to further
develop institutional culture and increase institutional commitment to assessing
and improving student learning. Our participation afforded us the opportunity to
generate evidence required for institutional accreditation through the Higher
The Student Learning Academy developed and executed a
series of projects which after four years sought to attain the following
100% of all occupational programs will have quality assessment plans.
100% of all occupational programs will have collected, analyzed assessment data
and will have instituted changes in pedagogy and/or curriculum to enhance
Establish a clear process for faculty and academic administration to ensure that
our curriculum development process requires that all new programs have quality
assessment plans in place prior to their first offering.
The General Education Distribution List will be revised in relationship to the
newly revised General Education Outcomes.
All General Education Outcomes will have been defined by the development of a
There will be evidence of "closing the loop" in the assessment of general
education. Specifically, there will be evidence of changes in
pedagogy/curriculum as a result of assessment.
The assessment of student learning will be integrated into college systems such
as planning and budgeting, hiring, curriculum development and curriculum review.
assessment culture will exist at OCC, and assessment is systemic and an expected
and fully accepted part of what we do.