Success Stories​​

 ​​​​​​​​Success stories about the impacts of SLO practices on student learning, achievement, and institutional effectiveness​​

  1. RCC’s Film, Television and Video department holds a film festival each semester. The course is a culminating project class where students produce a 7-10 minute film. This film exhibits everything the student has learned in the past two years of FTV courses. The skills the students should display are directing, lighting design, sound recording, cinematography and editing. Each film is judged by a Film/TV industry professional and individual feedback is offered to each student in a one-to-one film review session. During the film review the student is given the judging criteria in written form. The student can see how their film scored on an industry professional score sheet. That same night the films are screened for the public at a student run film festival. The student filmmakers then compete for different film awards like best overall film and an audience favorite award.

  2. Other activities include nursing program portfolios and the math department’s incorporating the New Science of Learning into instruction. The portfolios include reflections on how students met SLOs through their seminar, skills lab, and clinical experiences and are reviewed by the Nursing discipline as part of their ongoing assessment. Math faculty restructured the topics in intermediate algebra courses based on a learner centered approach of teaching outlined in the book, The New Science of Learning by Terry Doyle and Todd Zakrajsek. Student learning is assessed before and after the restructuring, and the assessment suggests that there is improvement in what students are learning. In view of this success other faculty members have been recruited to use these ideas in other sections of the course.

  3. The Riverside Assessment Committee (RAC) provides a forum for the discussion of assessment activities and best practices at the College. Students enrolled in Nursing programs at RCC develop portfolios containing examples of their work that demonstrate the extent to which they have achieved the stated outcomes. Students reflect on how they met SLOs through their seminar, skills lab, and clinical experiences. Student portfolios are reviewed by the Nursing discipline as part of their ongoing assessment of Nursing courses and programs.

  4. Another example of successful assessment practices comes from the Math Department. A Math faculty member attended a presentation centered on the book, The New Science of Learning by Terry Doyle and Todd Zakrajsek. Using the learner centered approach presented in the book she restructured the topics in her Intermediate Algebra course. She developed a means of assessing student learning gains on particular concepts tied to outcomes both before and after the restructuring. As a result sharing the results additional Math faculty members are attempting to restructure topics in the courses they teach following this model.

  5. Institutional SLO practices, especially the mapping/aligning of SLOs and PLOs, have led to improvements at the course and program-level. All Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs have developed program-level outcomes, and in 2011-12, all CTE disciplines completed a mapping/aligning project. The effectiveness of this practice in improving programs is demonstrated by the Applied Digital Media (ADM). The ADM program conducted an analysis of which courses Introduced (I), Developed (D), or Mastered (M) a PLO. ADM identified six PLOs that required more emphasis and one PLO that needed to be more broadly included throughout the program. During the 2011-12 academic year, ADM revised PLOs and their coverage in courses and in the overall program. In Spring 2013, the College undertook a direct assessment of its areas of emphasis (AOEs) programs. Faculty workgroups reviewed/confirmed the alignment of AOE course SLOs to AOE PLOs initiated by Norco College and mapped courses unique to Riverside City College. This alignment informed the selection of AOE courses for assessment. Faculty directly assessed students’ attainment of the PLOs based on end-of-term projects, exams, and assignments. In Spring 2014, a summary report of the AOE assessment results was distributed to the faculty workgroups for broader discussion at the department/discipline level. Workgroups are currently writing a report that will summarize the departments/discipline’s discussion of the results and recommended changes to the AOEs. The AOE project has provided a framework for assessing the AOE programs, and the recommendations will be provided to the college Curriculum Committee.

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​​​​Contact​ Us

   Denise Kruizenga-Muro
   Riverside Assessment Coordinator
   Associate Professor, English
   (951) 222 - 8618
   Jude Whitton
   Riverside Assessment Coordinator
   Assistant Professor, 
   Communications Studies
   (951) 328-3774
   Wendy McEwen
   Dean, Institutional Effectiveness
   (951) 222-8148