Welcome to Student Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes in the CSU is a community of members – CSU faculty, staff, administrators – who share a common interest in enhancing the quality of teaching and learning for all students. The mission of this site is to create a "teaching and learning commons," a collaborative space that facilitates and supports CSU faculty by increasing their knowledge, productivity, and professional effectiveness through sharing of best practices and building an online CSU Student Learning Outcomes community.


Student Learning Outcomes in the CSU exemplifies The Carnegie Foundation'sidea of a "teaching commons" in which a community of faculty, administrators, and staff who are committed to enhancing teaching and learning through assessment and program review can exchange ideas, report on best practices, discuss policy changes, and promote innovations among their peers.

The idea of a teaching commons is not new to academia. Faculty engaged in scientific research and disciplinary scholarship have long enjoyed collegial interactions and gained professional recognition through their participation in conferences and symposia, but the assessment of student learning has remained for the most part an isolated and private activity.

A CSU-MERLOT Partnership:  CSU Assessment Coordinators can gain access to peer reviewed digital materials on assessment and program review the Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT). MERLOT (www.merlot.org) was created in 1997 by the CSU to help faculty and students share high quality online content and pedagogy. Under the CSU's leadership, MERLOT has grown to an international consortium of education institutions, professional societies, digital libraries, and corporations.

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