An additional Northern California location has been confirmed for the Research and Planning (RP) Group Student Learning Outcomes Workshops. The March 28 workshop will be held at Santa Rosa Junior College.

In addition, the RP Group is proud to announce the addition of two new workshop sponsors: California Association of Institutional Researchers (CAIR), an intersegmental organization, and Chief Student Services Officers (CSSOs).

With the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) adopting new accreditation standards to be effective fall 2004, developing and using student learning outcomes has taken on even greater importance among community college practitioners. 

The workshops are being sponsored by the Research and Planning Group (RP Group) of California Community Colleges in collaboration with a number of other statewide community college organizations including Chief Instructional Officers of the California Community Colleges (CIOCCC); Chief Executive Officers of the California Community Colleges (CEOCCC); Community College League of California (CCLC); Association of Instructional Administrators (AIA); California Association of Institutional Researchers (CAIR), an intersegmental organization; and Chief Student Service Officers (CSSO's). They will be led by California Community College practitioners who have direct experience with student learning outcomes systems and assessment tools, many of whom have been involved in early student learning outcomes efforts in the state.

Dates and locations are as follows:

October 25, Doubletree Hotel in Sacramento
  (in conjunction with AIA)
November 13, Hilton Pasadena
  (in conjunction with CAIR)
November 22, West Valley College
December 6, Riverside Community College
February 21, Shasta College
March 21, Bakersfield College
March 28, Santa Rosa Junior College
April 11, Mira Costa College

In an effort to assist faculty, administrators, researchers and planners with developing their assessment systems and practices for student learning outcomes, three concurrent half-day sessions will be offered to attendees during the morning and afternoon:

Beginning Steps: Building a Learning Outcomes Assessment Framework for Your College
Identifying and Assessing Learning Outcomes at the College, Program and Course Level
Practitioner Insights: CCC Assessment Models in Action (A Panel of Practitioners)

Fees for the one-day workshop series are $80 per person, which includes lunch and materials. Special discounts will be offered to colleges and organizations with seven or more attendees, at $70 per person. Registration fees must be paid in advance. To register or for more information, contact Denise Wilkerson at (916) 444-8641, or log on to the RP Group website at