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Committee for Assessing Student Learning (CASL) By Laws

Mission Statement

The Committee for Assessing Student Learning's mission is to engage faculty, staff, and administration in the important work of assessment at all levels in order to improve teaching and learning, and student success. The Committee supports faculty work in developing and implementing authentic and meaningful assessment of course, program, and institutional SLOs that comply with college and accreditation standards.



Academic Senate Standing Committees: Program Review (PR) Curriculum Committee Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) Faculty Professional Development Committee (PD)
Collegial Consultation Committees: Accreditation Committee College Planning Team (CPT) Presidents Advisory Council on Budget (PAC-B) Institutional Effectiveness and InclusiveExcellenceSteering Committee(IE2)


The CASL reports to the Academic Senate and jointly works with the Administrative Unit Outcome Committee through the Outcomes and Assessments Steering Committee (OASA)

Duties and Functions

CASL responsibilities include but are not limited to: guiding and facilitating faculty and staff in implementing outcome and assessment processes;supporting faculty and staff about institutional, program, degree/certificate, course level SLOs as well as the processes and timing for establishing and assessing them;providing colleagues with guidance, training, tools, rubrics, models and other resources that will assist them in SLO alignment, development and authentic assessment;assisting faculty and staff in analyzing the results of assessment to improve learning and services;maintaining open and frequent communications about SLO development and assessment with various college groups, including but not limited to the Department Chairs, Academic Division Deans, Curriculum Committee, Academic Senate, Office of Academic Affairs, and College Planning Team. 

Committee Membership

The committee is co-chaired by SLO Coordinator(s), appointee(s) of the Academic Senate. Membership includes representatives from Office of Instruction, Professional Development, Curriculum Committee, Program Review Committee, and Institutional Research, adjunct faculty, and one faculty member from each Academic School.

The following academic schools shall have 1 academic senate appointed voting member:

Applied Technology
Kinesiology, Physical Education, & Athletics
Learning Resources
Math, Science & Health Professions
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Student Services
Visual & Performing Arts

2 at large full time faculty 2 at large adjunct faculty

Management and Expectations of Committee Members

1. Committee members will attend and fully participate in committee meetings

2. Academic School Representatives serve as consultants to members of their schools.

3. Committee members will inform and update their school about SLO issues such as (but not limited to):

a. Processes and timing for establishing and assessing SLOs

b. Available training, tools, rubrics, models available for SLO development & authentic assessment

c. Student Learning Outcome reporting deadlines

d. Assisting with analysis of assessment results

4. All members of the committee shall make decisions based on a college wide perspective.

5. It is expected that all members are prepared to make informed decisions. This will require members to, at a minimum:

a. Read the Student Learning Outcome Assessment Reports in the Program Review or eLumen prior to meeting

b. Stay current on ACCJC requirements regarding Student Learning Outcomes and Assessment

c. Be knowledgeable about Student Learning Outcomes, Curriculum, and Program Review policies, procedures, writing standards, resources, forms, and deadline dates

6. Only faculty school representatives are given voting rights. Faculty co-chairs vote only in the event of a tie vote. A quorum will be 50% of the total current voting members of the committee.

Attendance Expectations

As a courtesy to the committee, any member unable to attend should notify a co-chair, and is encouraged to ask another faculty member from their school to attend in his/her place.


Faculty co-chairs will set the Agenda for meetings, which are held twice a month during fall and spring semesters. The first meeting of each semester will be a planning meeting. Additional meetings may be held based on mutual agreement of co-chairs. A summary of committee activities will be reported to the Academic Senate and the Outcomes and Assessments Steering Committee on a regular basis.

CASL Program Review

The committee Co-Chairs prepare an Annual Program Review integrating work of the committee as it relates to the goals and objectives. The committee also confers and works in conjunction with the Program Review committee.


The committee is open to all. Interested individuals may attend any meeting and should contact the Co-Chairs to formally join the committee.