Outcomes and Assessment

At Clovis Community College, learning outcomes assessment is viewed as a productive and valuable tool to increase student success. It is an integral component of the institution's mission, to "create opportunities: one student at a time." Since other modes of assessment (such as grading) typically capture outcomes not necessarily related to academic learning (e.g. attendance, extra credit earned, etc.), learning outcomes assessment aims to discover how well students are actually attaining intended outcomes campus-wide.  Faculty, staff, and administration all use assessment results to make improvements in student learning.

At Clovis, learning outcomes assessment is performed in four different contexts:

  • Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) - course-level outcomes
  • Service Unit Outcomes (SUOs) - non-instructional program-level outcomes
  • Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) - instructional program-level outcomes
  • Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs) - institutional-level outcomes


For SLOs/SUOs, every discipline and/or service unit has its own timeline for assessment. They also determine their own assessment methods. All timelines, along with methods, results, and discussions surrounding assessments are reported each spring for the previous calendar year. Beginning in fall 2019, these SLO/SUO reports will be completed and stored in the website software system, eLumen.


Historically, PLO assessment was generally completed as part of the five-year comprehensive program review cycle (some disciplines were more frequent). The results and discussion were part of the instructional program's program review report. With the revamping of the old program review process into the new Unit/Program Plan process, the process of PLO assessment is now under revision. 


ILO assessment is spearheaded by the Outcomes and Assessment Committee. Each ILO category is assessed every four years, and methods, results, and discussions are recorded and stored here on the college website.

More information

Link to Outcomes and Assessment Committee Guide Sharepoint

Download the Outcomes & Assessment Handbook - 2018 [Draft](PDF) .

Clovis Community College Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

Communication And Literacy

  1. Interpret various types of written, visual, and verbal information.
  2. Organize ideas and communicate precisely and clearly to express complex thoughts both orally and in writing.
  3. Synthesize researched information obtained from accurate, credible, and relevant sources to support, advance, or rebut and opinion.

Critical Thinking

  1. Analyze quantitative and qualitative information and apply scientific methodologies.
  2. Use critical and creative modes of inquiry to solve problems, explore alternatives, and make decisions.
  3. Integrate and apply knowledge, skills, and abilities gained in a variety of courses to new situations.

Global Awareness

  1. Use cultural, historic, or aesthetic perspectives to analyze the fine arts, humanities, and social sciences.
  2. Recognize and practice civic, environmental, and social responsibility.
  3. Demonstrate understanding and respectful treatment of diverse cultures of the world.

Personal Responsibility and Professional Development

  1. Use physical and psychological principles to make healthy lifestyle choices.
  2. Use theoretical and practical knowledge to make ethical personal and professional decisions.
  3. Use effective collaboration tactics when working with others.