UC Clermont has created a transparent, institution-wide approach to learning outcomes assessment by leveraging the Anthology Outcomes platform. UC Clermont is using these core competencies, promoted as the "Clermont Core", as the foundation of its HLC Assessment Academy project and the explicit connection of the student experience to general education. With Outcomes, the five core competencies serve as the institutional outcomes and are assigned to the academic departments and administrative units, which subsequently assign them to undergraduate degree programs, general education courses, and co-curricular areas.
Previously it had been particularly challenging for those disciplines that serve both program and general education requirements to agree on the best approach to assessment activity. The Outcomes platform's Achievement Targets feature allowed for differentiation where needed, without sacrificing the ability to look at outcome achievement in aggregate. In addition, visualizations such as Bloom's Taxonomy and Curriculum Map provide a rich framework for faculty discussion.
“With Outcomes, we're transitioning learning outcomes assessment from the collection of data to the use of results,” said Susan Riley, assistant dean of Academic Initiatives. “For the first time, faculty and staff were involved in the assessment process and talking about how their roles contributed to the core competencies. Outcomes provided the platform for these discussions, and review of actual assessment results was easily accomplished with a few mouse clicks. Outcomes provides visual connections, which creates the opportunity to truly engage faculty and staff across the institution with outcomes assessment to improve student learning.”