College of Southern Maryland
8730 Mitchell Rd
PO Box 910
La Plata, MD 20646-0910
Much of the direct evidence that student learning assessment information is used to improve teaching and learning is found in the work of the academic divisions of the college, as well as the academic committees. Assessment measures and methods are determined, assessment results are reported, and recommendations are developed accordingly. In 2010, the college instituted a Curriculum and Instruction Committee which reports to the Learning Council. Each Academic Division is represented on the Curriculum and Instruction Committee; the committee is chaired by the Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs. The Learning Council consists of the Vice Presidents of each campus, Vice President of Student and Instructional Support Services, and representatives from academic and support services divisions; the Council is chaired by the Vice President of Academic Affairs.
One of the charges of the Learning Council and its sub-committees is to ensure academic program integrity through an effective Student Learning Outcomes Plan, which was approved in December, 2012. Included in the Plan is the addition of the Core Learning Area approach to student outcomes assessment. The Core Learning Areas for all CSM students have been developed. The CLAs will be incorporated into the curriculum and assessment activities will be conducted in certain targeted areas beginning in AY2012-2013. The Core Learning Areas include the following: