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ERIC Number: ED349072
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
Reference Count: 0
A Student Outcomes Model for Community Colleges--Measuring Institutional Effectiveness.
Garcia, Anthony E.; Pacheco, John M.
In 1986, Santa Fe Community College (SFCC), in New Mexico, developed the Student Outcomes Model (SOM), an approach to student outcomes assessment which focuses on institutional mission, the college's diverse clientele, and the varied enrollment goals of its students. Through a series of ongoing outcomes studies, the SOM seeks to: identify what the college should be teaching, measure the extent to which the college is actually doing so, and collect information to help the college better fulfill its mission. The SOM is viewed as an internally valued activity, rather than an externally imposed process. To maintain consistent faculty and staff support, the data collected are incorporated into faculty performance evaluations. Student outcomes studies at SFCC seek to identify what students have learned, the applicability of the learning to their stated goals at the time of enrollment (e.g., success in transfer, success in job placement, employer satisfaction, etc.), and the students' assessment of the learning experience. Responsibility for conducting the outcomes studies rests with the departments, although research methods and tools are standardized by a special advisory committee. Outcomes assessments conducted by the college include studies examining the correlation between final exams and acquired competencies; licensure exams success rates studies; student opinion surveys; graduate and employer follow-up studies; college transfer rate studies; course success and completion rate studies; and semester withdrawal studies. Information is presented on the content of specific studies; sources of existing data; the relationship between outcomes areas and college mission; and the research methodology. (PAA)
Descriptors: College Outcomes Assessment, Community Colleges, Educational Mobility, Followup Studies, Institutional Mission, Institutional Research, Models, Organizational Effectiveness, Outcomes of Education, Participant Satisfaction, Research Methodology, School Surveys, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Followup
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Santa Fe Community College NM
Note: Paper presented to the Annual Meeting of the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (Chicago, IL, March 21-24, 1992).