The mission of the Outcomes Assessment Committee is to facilitate Carl Sandburg College’s mission by providing structure and training for assessment, a support system for analyzing and interpreting data, and a means of communicating assessment results to the College’s stakeholders. 

Assessment Plan


 Assessment Workshop


Carl Sandburg College has worked on enhancing the assessment process and implementing updated assessment practices since 1995. A noteworthy paradigm shift occurred in assessment circa 2009: one that emphasized a student-centered approach rather than a teacher-centered one. In other words, learning outcomes drive the assessment and content for courses. The Assessment Committee changed its name to the Outcomes Assessment Committee in 2011 to signify this shift and has since then facilitated and utilized an outcomes-based approach to assessment.

The dominant trend of the assessment process at Sandburg is that assessment is a continuous process, one that never pauses and is perpetually improved by all stakeholders.


To see a more topical breakdown of assessment activities at Carl Sandburg College, please see the Assessment Timeline.

Curricular Assessment

A curricular experience occurs when students apply a Sandburg GEO (General Education Outcome) inside the classroom. Sandburg faculty utilize the outcomes assessment philosophy to collect data and make changes at the classroom, course, and departmental levels.


Outcomes assessment is a student-centered approach that is driven by the students' efforts to meet course objectives and is a continuous process that utilizes set criteria to measure students' successes. This chart further explains the four primary characteristics in outcomes assessment and is constructed with information from Rhodes University (2012):

Outcomes-based assessment is…

  • assessment that focuses on students’ final products
  • assessment that is driven by students’ applications of course content
  • assessment that is continuous to understand where students are
  • assessment that utilizes evaluative techniques that measure student work against set criteria

Outcomes-based assessment is not…

  • assessment that focuses on pedagogy
  • assessment that is driven by courses’ content
  • assessment that utilizes evaluative techniques that measure student work against other student work
Co-curricular Assessment

A co-curricular experience occurs when students apply a Sandburg GEO (General Education Outcome) outside of the classroom. Sandburg faculty and staff submit either an internal assessment form or a program review mandated by ICCB (Illinois Community College Board) to assess these activities.

This chart further explains the differentiation of co-curricular assessment reporting: Follow Link Here.


Assessment Resources

Your source for current assessment trends and updates:

Your tools for understanding GEOs (General Education Outcomes):

GEO-Materials (pdf)

Your guide to understanding and enhancing the Classroom Assessment Report: CAR Manual

For more resources in assessment, visit the OAC Moodle Page Link


The Annual Summary Report highlights significant assessment changes and trends, as well as current/ongoing assessment activities, during the academic year outlined. This report is shared with the faculty at the first regularly-scheduled Faculty Assembly and the Board of Trustees at the November Board meeting. Additionally, it is shared here for all stakeholders:

Annual Summary Report 2019-2020

Annual Summary Report 2018-2019

Annual Summary Report 2017-2018

Annual Summary Report 2016-2017

Annual Summary Report 2015-2016