Rock Valley College
Rockford, Illinois

Institutional (SLO) Assessment

Institutional assessment depicts student learning and development across the college regardless of program/discipline of study. Assessment at this level includes, but is not limited to, measuring the Institutional Student Learning Outcomes (ISLO), a phrase used for institutional-level outcomes at RVC that are sometimes referred to as general education outcomes by other colleges.  

RVC Institutional Student Learning Outcomes (ISLO)

ISLO have been assessed using institutionally developed writing prompts in conjunction with various rubrics.  Results of these assessment efforts can be found in Key Performance Indicator (KPI) reports on Assessment for Student Learning at the bottom of this page.

The four ISLO cover the areas of:

  • Analytic Reasoning
  • Communication
  • Global Awareness and Responsibility
  • Personal Responsibility
Click here to find each of these individual categories described in greater detail.

Additional Institutional Assessment

The College has adopted a two-year cycle for administering nationally standardized assessments to inform student learning.

  • In odd years, the Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency - Critical Thinking module is administered as a direct assessment of the College's Analytic Reasoning ISLO.
  • In even years, the Community College Survey of Student Engagement is administered as an indirect assessment of educational practices related to student learning.

Resources and Reports

Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U):  VALUE Rubrics

KPI Summary Reports: Assessment for Student Learning - Institutional Level Assessment