ERIC Number: ED343627
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Mar-3
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Outcomes Program in a Small, Rural Community College.
Carlson, Dale R.; Fleming, Donald
Student educational outcomes and the quality of instruction are now being monitored by several programs at Worthington Community College (WCC) in southwest Minnesota. WCC, one of the 20 community colleges in the Minnesota Community College system, currently serves 875 students, and has been intensifying its efforts to serve the whole service area community. An increased emphasis on outcomes by federal, state, and accrediting agencies has required WCC and the state system as a whole to streamline the handling of data to provide the outcomes information. WCC has developed, or is in the process of developing, systems for monitoring outcomes in the following areas: (1) assessment of incoming students in the areas of reading, writing, and mathematics using Educational Testing Service placement tests; (2) developmental education, including the effectiveness of WCC's Academic Achievement Center, which coordinates the tutoring program and provides leadership in producing developmental courses in math, reading, and writing; (3) graduate outcomes, which are measured using a survey of students one year after graduation to gather information on employment and transfer; (4) state and federal reporting, including reports on athletes and crime that must be hand-tabulated; (5) faculty evaluation; and (6) staff development. Appendixes include forms related to student assessment; vocational placement; graduation follow-up; educational participation of athletes; student evaluations of faculty in the classroom and on cable television; classroom observation; and faculty self-assessment. (JSP)
Descriptors: College Outcomes Assessment, College Planning, Community Colleges, Data Collection, Evaluation Methods, Faculty Evaluation, Institutional Research, Outcomes of Education, Program Evaluation, Rural Education, Self Evaluation (Groups), Statewide Planning, Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Audience: Teachers; Administrators; Practitioners
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Note: Paper presented at the National Conference on Successful College Teaching and Administration (16th, Orlando, FL, March 1-4, 1992).