Success matters at Oakton, and for that reason we are committed to strengthening student learning and sustaining a culture of inquiry, self-reflection, and continuous quality improvement. 

Oakton’s Program for the Assessment of Learning (OPAL) is a group of faculty, staff, and administrators who use learning outcome assessments to collect data on student learning in the following areas:

  • general education;
  • transfer courses;
  • career and technical education; and
  • co-curricular activities

With this data, OPAL can understand better what is happening in student learning to drive positive change and improve our teaching and learning processes through: 

  • professional development (teaching the teachers)
  • curricular changes (learning objectives, resources, prerequisites, content, etc.)
  • pedagogical changes (changing how education is delivered)
  • other