This paper is the first issue of the Student Learning Outcomes (SLO) Symposium Collective Works publication, devoted to summaries of the presentations that took place at the 2018 symposium. The fifth annual SLO Symposium started with a keynote delivered by Dr. Gianina Baker from the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA). Dr. Baker’s address offered a unique bird’s eye view of the state of the student learning assessment in the country. Her presentation only confirmed that community colleges in California struggle and adapt learning assessment practices similar to those that are prevalent in the rest of the country. The recent and numerous initiatives focused on institutional effectiveness and improved student achievement are designed to support student learning and cannot be addressed in isolation from classroom practices.
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