Members: Kate Steinbock – Chair, Pam Capron, John Cline, Rex Cogdill, Rick Darnell, Casey Debus, John Hansen, Dee Ludwig, and Kimberly Russell
Plan of Assessment
Program Assessment Components
Goals & Achievements
Goals for 2012-2013
- Continue providing information and Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs) training to distance educators, adjuncts, and new faculty members.
- Develop a means for evaluating the use of assessment tools, report viewers, and job aids on LancerNet.
- Continue finding ways to complete the assessment loop and communicating outcomes to constituents.
- Request transfer data from other receiving institutions.
- Continue to work on improvement in all CAAP areas and maintain levels above the national average.
- Develop an assessment tutorial video that can be placed on LancerNet.
- Analyze recommendations from the General Education Committee to ensure core competencies remain an integral part of the assessment process.
Achievement of goals for 2011-2012
- The Outcomes Assessment Committee Chair and the Vice President for Learning attended the Higher Learning Commission National Conference.
- The Outcomes Assessment Chair presented two workshops and several one-on-one assessment training sessions for faculty on campus and at EWC Outreach sites throughout the year.
- The Outcomes Assessment Chair continues to work with transferring institutions to maintain articulation agreements which directly impact assessment at EWC.
- The committee researched alternative methods to measure general education components for AAS and Certificate programs.
- Continued to find ways to close the assessment loop with communication to constituents. Faculty reported that student awareness of assessment is increasing.
- Linkage reports were requested and received and have been a valuable tool to compare the learning growth for entering students and when they exit.
Outcomes Assessment Reports
About the Committee
The outcomes assessment committee was formed in 1992. Personnel on the committee include the Outcomes Assessment Coordinator and the Committee Members.
The Outcomes Assessment Coordinator is chosen and directly reports to the Vice President for Learning. The coordinator is released from three credit hours of instruction or the equivalent each semester and serves for a minimum of two years. The coordinator’s charge includes:
- Chair the Assessment Advisory Committee.
- Work with instructors and staff to clarify the purposes of outcomes assessment – and thus to deepen the understanding of and commitment to long-term assessment and to help ensure college-wide participation.
- Explain to students why assessment is necessary and what forms it will take.
- Explain to those who are responsible for assessment data collecting and how and when data are to be collected.
- Ensure the timely submission of written assessment reports.
- Review and distribute assessment reports for analysis and use.
- Work closely with the Vice President for Learning to provide faculty and staff with assessment results.
- Participate as a nonvoting member of the Curriculum & Learning Council.
- Assist in the allocation of assessment funds.
- Retain all departmental/divisional assessment plans on file.
- Work with division chairs and individual faculty to develop assessment plans.
The Advisory committee is comprised of faculty, professional staff, and administrators. The committee has the same permanent members including the Vice President for Learning, the Vice President for Student Services, the Director of Institutional Research, the Co-Director of Library & Media Services and the Assessment Coordinator. Each division has one faculty representative and each year, one division will have two representatives on a rotating basis. The charge given to members of the committee includes:
- Be a standing committee
- Meet at least once each semester, with the coordinator calling additional meetings as they are needed.
- Monitor the implementation and progress of assessment.
- Review assessment reports.
- On the basis of reported assessment data, recommend to the Curriculum & Learning Council changes in programs and in courses of instruction.
- Review the assessment plan annually and amend it as necessary. The assessment plan is a formative and descriptive document and will be modified as needed in light of what assessment results suggest.