Making the SLO Process Meaningful

The SLO process has not always been as meaningful as it could be at Cypress. SLOs are sometimes thought of as a waste of time or busy work when, in fact, they are just the opposite. Another message that sometimes surfaces about the SLO process is to “just get it done” without taking proper time for true reflection and dialogue, which chips away at the process and its purpose.

However, one way to think about the SLO process is that it is a structured time to look at student learning, discuss strengths and weaknesses in that learning, and then make a plan for improvement.

Of course, as educators, we do this all of the time. We discuss learning and how to improve it. Based on these discussions, we make plans to change methodology and/or pedagogy. However, without the SLO process, we don’t have a structured time to analyze record, and report our findings to our students, other faculty and departments, the campus, the community, and finally, the state.