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Student Learning Outcomes at MPC

This page is an attempt to

1. Document the conversation about SLOs currently underway at MPC.

2. Provide links to all SLO-related documents at MPC.


MPC SLO Committee:

Fred Hochstaedter

Diane Boynton

Grace Anongchanya

Catherine Webb

Jon Knolle

Celine Pinet


Documents and Links--MPC

Regional Talks Given By Fred Hochstaedter

Emphasizing the Dialog at MPC -- Spring 2012 Regional SLO Workshop in San Diego


Documents and Links--Not From MPC

Documents from ACCJC training sessions for site visit teams

CTF and CCA Unions vs ACCJC: an Ongoing Drama

The CTF and CCA unions see aspects of the SLOs as an infringement on negotiable issues, so they wrote a letter to the ACCJC:

Letter from CTF President Marty Hittelman to ACCJC President Barbara Beno 10-13-08


CTA leadership visits MPC and asks for support in this effort, so our MPCTA leadership writes a letter to CCA leadership:

Letter from MPCTA President Mark Clements to CCA President Ron Norton Reel 11-20-08


ACCJC President Barbara Beno responds to the CTF letter:

Reply from ACCJC President Barbara Beno to CTF President Marty Hittelman 12-3-08


CCA union leadership meets with ACCJC President Barbara Beno about SLOs and other topics that may impinge on negotiable issues:

Letter from CCA President Ron Norton Reel to union members about their meeting with Beno 3-18-09


ACCJC President Barbara Beno "hears about" the 3-18-09 letter from CCA President Norton Reel and writes her own letter:

Letter from ACCJC Barbara Beno to CC CEOs and ALOs 3-20-09


The union leadership doesn't like some of the things that Beno said in her letter so they respond:

Letter from CCA President Ron Norton Reel to interested parties about the 3-20 letter from ACCJC President Barbara Beno 3-24-09


The union leadership also respond to what looks like an internal memo at Long Beach City College:

Letter from CCA Leadership to interested parties about (mis)-information in a LBCC internal memo 3-24-09


Meanwhile, CTA counsel writes a letter to Beno about Solano College:

CTA to Beno 3-17-2009


CCC Chancellor Jack Scott makes some recommendations to the ACCJC in 2009


The ACCJC's response to the recommendations 1-20-2010


The ACCJC's letter to CCC CEOs and ALOs about a snafu over a public meeting concerning these recommendations 1-6-2010


Lassen College faculty brings first 'Student Learning Outcomes' charge to PERB

From the CCA Advocate. "We told them, 'enough is enough,' " said Ross Stevenson, chief faculty negotiator.... "For us, the District's attempt to unilaterally impose additional work with no compensation was the end of the line." (This link was dead in February 2010; hopefully it will come back.)


"The Accrediting Commission must address faculty concerns", says CCA President Ron Norton Reel in the Feb/March 2010 CCA Advocate


Examples of the Larger SLO "Conversation"


Assessing the Elephant

A paper that looks at the SLO-assessment model and describes processes at Coker College. It's quite good.


Dave Clemens' CYA Syllabus Powerpoint from the Fall 2008 flex day breakout


Dave Clemens on "Exposing the Big Lies about SLOs", in the CTA Advocate (July, 2008)


Examples of SLO Dialog with Dave Clemens and Mark Bishop (Fall 2007)


NY Times Magazine 9-30-07 

"No Gr_du_te Left Behind"


The Chronicle of Higher Education 6-8-2007 "A Pedagogical Straitjacket" by Laurie Fendrich


Sept 2007 ASCCC Rostrum

the first two articles are excellent and address the relationship between SLOs, national politics, and accreditation.


In her 10-07 rostrum article, Janet Fulks mentions two links that help define the battle lines between the accreditation process as we know it and federal accountability interests.

"Why Accreditation Doesn't Work and What Policymakers Can Do About It" describes perceived problems with the accreditation process.


"Here We Go Again...Sin, Salvation and Accreditation" is a rebuttal.




Instructor Reflections

Instructor Reflections on-line form instructions


Instructor Reflections on-line form


Tips for Completing the Instructor Reflections Form


Spreadsheet showing progress on Instructor Reflections New 2015


Program Reflections

As the heart of its SLO process, MPC engages in Program Reflections at the beginning of each semester at flex days. Program Reflections is a dialog about student learning and the improvement of student learning in each program or area. The Program Reflections process results in rationale for action plans to improve student learning going forward.


Fall 2013 Forms

Instructor Reflections in Word format. Please download this form and use it. Includes examples.

Program Reflections in Word format. Please download this form and use it.


If you want to see what you or other areas did over the last few semesters, see the following compilations


2014-2015 Program Reflections compilation (note: Program Reflections were completed at the Fall 2014 Flex Days only; Action Plans were completed at the Spring 2015 Flex Days)

2013-2014 Program Reflections compilation

2012-2013 Program Reflections compilation

2011-2012 Program Reflections compilation

2010-2011 Program Reflections compilation


Responding to the ACCJC SLO Recommendations

A powerpoint explanation

and in pdf format.


Implementing the SLO-GEO Plan--a Guide

Please see this guide--presented in pictorial style--for information on the implementation of our plan.


MPC General Education SLOs (GEOs)

MPC-CSU-IGETC GE Patterns with GEOs and in COLOR

GEO Explanation in a powerpoint


 November 25, 2008 Presentation to the Board

"Why the Controversy"

Academic Senate endorsed Powerpoint

Dave Clemens Presentation


Completed Examples of the SLO Pilot Project Assessment Form

Spring 2008-Summer 2009


Spring 2008

a speech course

a textiles course

a nursing course

a women's studies course

a study skills development course

an anatomy course

a biology lab course

a women's health course

a geology course

an English 301 course

an autotech course

Fall 2008

Fashion 50

Fashion 61

Fashion 71

Fashion 186

English 301

Geology 2

Oceanography 2

Hospitality 66


Math 16

Math 20A

Math 31


ECON 2 on-line


Women's Health


Spring and Summer 2009

Oceanography 2

English 301

English 1A (Summer 2009)



This Form is designed to be filled out each semester for each class taught by each instructor. Each instructor is asked to fill out this form beginning in the Fall 2008 Semester. This form has been approved or endorsed by the Academic Senate, Curriculum Advisory Committee, and Academic Affairs Advisory Committee.


Why are we doing this?

  • Because it is good pedagogical practice to articulate what students should be able to do as they exit a course, and the results of evaluation as the basis for future improvement.

  • Because our accrediting agency, the ACCJC, is requiring it.

  • If faculty don't do it, then somebody else will, and that would be everybody's worst nightmare.

Why fill out this form?


It is an effort to promote dialog among faculty about what MPC students should be able to do as they exit our courses. The Academic Senate asks that you use this form to promote this dialog. We hope that, as a result of using this form, conversations will develop between instructors who teach within disciplines, in related disciplines, in courses that are sequential within a program, and across MPC. We hope the conversations reveal greater insight into student achievement of faculty-designed objectives and outcomes and ultimately lead to improvement in student learning. The value is in the dialog.


Response to the SLO Assessment Form

This response emanated from members of the MPC English Department and has been distributed, for information purposes only, at MPCTA meetings, and at various division meetings. This statement is intended to be included as all or a portion of the response on the SLO Assessment Form. This statement is not endorsed by the Academic Senate or the SLO Coordinator. It is placed here so that all stakeholders have access to all aspects of the dialog.