Student Learning Outcomes

Educational Policies Committee

The following glossary was developed from research and feedback gathered from faculty and researchers from within the California community colleges. It was created in response to ASCCC Resolution 09.01 S17, which asked the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges to address confusion in the field by researching and updating the 2009 glossary of common terms for student learning outcomes and assessment.

This glossary does not dictate terminology, nor is it meant to be exhaustive or comprehensive. [1] With increased collaboration between researchers and faculty, enhanced dialogue about terminology increases our ability to serve our students and promote student success. This document was also updated to include references and resources as well.

In an attempt to help clarify terminology, this glossary groups terms into several categories:

  • Assessment of courses, programs, and institutions
  • Outcomes
  • General terminology


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