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Student Learning Outcomes Assessment

Student Learning Outcomes Assessment

NOVA’s student learning outcomes assessment cycle is an ongoing, faculty-driven process designed to monitor and improve student learning and student success at the program level. It supports the College’s vision to be a learning-centered organization that promotes student success as articulated in its Strategic Plan 2017-2023: Pathway to the American Dream, which includes three pillars:

  1. Every student succeeds,
  2. Every program achieves, and
  3. Every community prospers.

How does NOVA know whether students are succeeding and programs are achieving? Instructional programs assess and report on student learning each academic year in a document titled the Annual Planning and Evaluation Report for Instructional Programs. Each degree and certificate-granting program at NOVA develops written student learning outcomes (SLOs) which are the accumulated knowledge, skills, and attitudes that students learn during a course of study. Then faculty implement assessment activities and analyze the results to determine actions to further improve student learning.

The Office of Academic Assessment collects and publishes reports on student learning from degree and certificate granting programs each year. This report provides information on:

How Programs Measure Student Learning > How Students are Performing > How Programs Use This Data

The Office of Academic Assessment monitors the Annual Planning and Evaluation Reports (APER) for Instructional Programs and provides assistance to programs and faculty on their assessment initiatives. For more information about Student Learning Outcomes assessment, please contact: