San Diego Mesa College

Who Benefits



For students, Outcomes Assessment will:

  • Communicate clear expectations about what is important in a course or program
  • Reassure them that there is foundational content across all sections of a course
  • Allow them to make better decisions about programs based on outcomes results


For faculty and staff, participating in Outcomes Assessment will:

  • Provide data to determine what's working and what's not working in their courses, programs and service area
  • Provide reassurance that all faculty teaching a particular course agree to address foundational content (Course Outline)
  • Facilitate valuable interdisciplinary and intercampus discussions
  • Provide powerful evidence to justify needed resources to maintain or to improve programs
  • Allow them to tell their story to individuals outside their area (e.g. administrators, employers, prospective students, transfer institutions, elected officials)


For administrators, implementing college-wide Outcomes Assessment will:

  • Demonstrate an institutional commitment to continually improving the academic programs and services offered by the College
  • Provide informative data to support requests for funds from state and local government and private donors
  • Inform academic planning and decision-making
  • Enable administrators to inform elected officials, local businesses, and potential donors about the College's impact on our students and our community in a very compelling and convincing


Systematic Outcomes Assessment is now a requirement for accreditation by all higher education accrediting organizations. Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior College's (ACCJC) Standards of Excellence in higher education speak directly to the importance of creating a culture in which institutional effectiveness and student learning are highly valued by the College community.

Last Updated: May 22, 2017
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