Student Learning Committee (SLC)

The main purpose of the SLC is to ensure that Macalester is providing an education consistent with its college-wide student learning goals, as derived from the Mission Statement and Statement of Purpose and Belief. To this end, SLC will:

  • Engage the Macalester community in identifying college-wide student learning goals and connecting those goals with various domains (i.e. institutional, co-curricular, general education, academic departments) of student learning inquiry at Macalester;
  • Evaluate the extent to which college-wide student learning goals, as identified by the Macalester College community, are being met. This is done by synthesizing information gained from multiple domains of student learning inquiry (i.e. institutional, co-curricular, general education, academic departments);
  • Collaborate with the Institutional Research Office and Assessment Office on reporting relevant college-wide student learning findings to the Macalester community and general public;
  • Advise Macalester officials, committees, and departments on utilizing student learning inquiry findings to facilitate achievement of college-wide student learning goals.

In Spring 2012, Macalester Faculty, the Student Affairs Division, and the Board of Trustees approved the Statement of Student Learning. The Statement describes the college-wide values, learning goals, and student responsibilities promoted by a Macalester education. Please follow the link above for the full document.  A brochure connecting the Statement of Student Learning to educational success at Macalester is also available.

SLC is comprised of nine members of the Macalester faculty and staff with the addition of one member of the Macalester alumni and two current students. For the 2014-2015 academic year, SLC members are:

Kendrick Brown, Associate Dean of the Faculty (Chair)
Nancy Bostrom, Campus Assessment Facilitator
Keith Edwards, Director of Campus Life 
Polly Fassinger, Director of Institutional Research
Terri Fishel, Library Director
James Hoppe, Dean of Students
Diane Michelfelder, GERC Representative
Kimerly Miller, Alumnus
Paul Overvoorde, Acting Director, Jan Serie Center for Scholarship and Teaching
Jaine Strauss, EPAG Representative

2014-2015 student members TBA

For more specific information about SLC and its activities, please see the meeting minutes.

Minutes from AY 2011-2012

Minutes from the most recently completed academic year are included here; please see the library archives for earlier academic years.