Students at Cuesta College were asked to self-report their success (or lack thereof) in achieving the course learning outcomes using the Assessment of Skills Survey (SASS, in developement) in order for these results to be used for improving future instruction (as been mandated for California community colleges by the ACCJC):
These are specific topics covered at Cuesta College, and as discussed extensively before on this listserv and elsewhere, other instructors will have a different selection of topics covered in other courses.
As per the ACCJC, the self-reporting nature of the SASS makes it an _indirect_ assessment tool, so these specific student learning goals:
Astronomy 210 student learning outcomes (excerpt)
10. Explain how stars produce energy.
11. Explain the relationship between star brightness and distances.
12. Predict the size of a star based on brightness and temperature.
13. Explain different stages a star will go through, based on its mass.
...were _directly_ (and more narrowly) assessed using the Star Properties Concept Inventory (SPCI):
Janelle M. Bailey, "Development of a Concept Inventory to Assess Students'
Understanding and Reasoning Difficulties about the Properties and Formation of
Stars," Astronomy Education Review, Vol. 6, No. 2, pp. 133139, August 2007
Results for Cuesta College this past semester are comparable to the institution(s) tested in the SPCI reference above.
Patrick M. Len
Physical Sciences Division, Cuesta College
San Luis Obispo, CA