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College of Micronesia – FSM/Continuous Improvement Cycle

Student Learning Outcomes

Established at the course, program,

degree, and certificate levels

SLO development is a critical role of faculty and

other academic personnel

Is supported by campus leadership groups

(senate, curriculum committee, admin., trustees)

Must include assessment strategies

Assessment data are collected

All data collected must be analyzed

The college has established student learning outcomes for all courses programs, degrees and certificate levels by program faculty and reviewed by curriculum committee and Vice President for Instructional Affairs and approved by the President.  Program outcomes are also approved by the Board of Regents.  

The college’s institutional assessment requires development of assessment plans (worksheet #2) with specific indication of what data to be collected and analysis to be conducted on the data.  Analysis of data is presented in the Assessment Report (Worksheet #3) for each type of data collected.  


Staff (number and capacity)





(who are they; how prepared are they;

what are their support needs?)


The college collects and reports enrollment management indicators that address inputs to the system and equity issues across the six campuses.

The college uses an entrance test COMET that assesses entering students in reading, writing and mathematics.  The scores are used for entrance, placement and determination of student’s preparation for college.  Results of the COMET are shared with the FSM National and State Departments of Education, High Schools and other interested parties.


Pedagogy and Support Services

Course outlines

Course content, intended SLOs

Strategies for assessing student learning

Instructional Support and Services for Students

Variable delivery modes & scheduling


A component of the IAP Handbook is the “Focus on Learning” that sets forth the college as a learning centered institution of higher education that is continually looking at ways to improvement effectiveness and efficiency of programs, operations and services.  The IAP focuses academic, administrative, student services and support programs assessment and program review in identifying how effective those programs and services are.  The process also addresses the issue of what improvement is needed and what strategies will be used to obtain that improvement and measure the effectiveness of implementation and impact on student learning.  

Course outlines (including SLOs) are reviewed and recommended for approval by the Curriculum Committee and approved by the President.  Programs follow the same process with approval by the Board of Regents.  

The college web site contains the catalogue (program outcomes) and VPIA web site course outlines.   

Allocation and Alignment of Resources





Resource planning must be integrated

The college has developed and is tracking enrollment management indicators each semester that focus on allocation of human, physical, technology, and financial resources to ensure equity across the college and to meet college standards.  The enrolment management indicators, Program Assessment & Program Review information are reviewed and used in development of annual Institutional Priorities and resource allocations for budget development.  

Program Implementation

Scheduling and sequence of courses

Alignment with general education courses

Program implementation is being improved by the improved Student Information System for matching student data against degree requirements, improved advising, and access to student information and degree requirements.  

Major accomplishments against plans are reported on a

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