Campus Community Forum Session
Our next forum, “The Alphabet Soup of ILOs, PLOs and SLOs: How does connecting the dots inform the next strategic plan?” will take place Thursday, February 22nd, from 3:00 to 5:30 PM in the Library 2nd flr.
During the forum, we will use the time to work together on developing Purchase’s Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs). An ILO represents a broad aspirational statement of what we want to nurture in our graduates; a “root of the tree” from which all of our programming, both curricular and extracurricular, should grow.
ILOs can speak to the qualities/ideals we want our graduates to represent (i.e. “Social Justice”); the skills we want them to acquire (i.e. Creative and Critical Thinking”); or a specific body of knowledge that we want them to have mastered (i.e. “Global Approaches to Artistic Practice”). The goal would be for the ILOs to feed our Program Learning Outcomes which in turn would feed our Classroom Learning Outcomes. (Major caveat here: I just made up the example ILOs. If they bother you…come to the Forum!)
Surely this is important work, you say, but really, why do I need to leave my classroom or desk during one of the busiest weeks of the year, to participate in this discussion? Two reasons. One is eminently practical, which is that well-defined ILOs will help us better align with the revised Middle States standards, thus making it easier to stay accredited. The other is that the ILOs will play a key role in the drafting of the new Strategic Plan. The best analogy here is a musical one: the ILOs will be the bass line for the song that the Strategic Plan must become.
This Community Forum will be quite participatory, with small breakout groups and lots of post-it notes. I hope to see a representative swath of the community - faculty, students, and staff.
Jennifer Undercofler, Chair of Strategic Planning and Assessment Committee
Barry Pearson, Provost