SUS Assessment Overview
The Bachelor Arts Completion Program is distinctive in that is serves adult-learners who already come to the academic environment with a substantial amount of intellectual sophistication, professional experience, and life experiences. Our students range in age from their early twenties to mid-seventies. It is not uncommon to have students in our classes who are activists, directors of non-profits, skilled facilitators, counselors, educators, writers, artists, and business professionals. The one thing they share in common is that they have not completed their Bachelor’s of Arts degree.
The varied life experiences and diversity in age of our students influence our approach to teaching, learning, and assessment. We subscribe to multiple ways of knowing and critical and integral pedagogies that recognizes that knowledge is co-created, socially mediated, dynamic and context dependent. As a result, we have developed learning outcomes that reflect our approach and understanding that learning takes place in multiple, and not always linear ways.
Our Core Curriculum consists of 10 required upper-division courses that all students take to complete their undergraduate degree. All of our classes are graded as Pass/No Pass. This grading system informs the rubrics we develop. Depending on how many units students enter with, they may have additional general education requirements to complete through electives; however major learning outcomes can be found within the 10 courses. Consequently, student learning outcomes and major learning outcomes are one in the same. From here on student learning outcomes will be referred to as Major Learning Outcomes (MLO).