ERIC Number: ED307949
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Piedmont Virginia Community College Student Assessment Report. Research Report No. 4-89.
Head, Ronald B.
Between June 1987 and June 1989, Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) undertook several activities to assess student outcomes in accordance with the college's 1987 plan for student assessment. Specific measures included determining entering student characteristics, college transfer education outcomes, occupational/technical education outcomes, general education outcomes, and developmental education outcomes. Findings of the two-year effort include the following: (1) 18.7% of the fall semester 1988 headcount were first-time students, while 15.8% were transfer students; (2) first-time students, were typically younger and more likely to study full-time than transfer students; (3) PVCC transfer students perform about as well academically as students who started as freshmen at the senior insitutions, earning a grade point average on the whole of 2.8; (4) 73.3% of the students who transferred to a senior institution after completing a two-year program rated the level of their academic preparation as either excellent or good; (5) between 70% and 85% of all graduates in occupational/technical programs found full-time employment in jobs related to their fields of study; (6) 5.5% of the employers of graduates from the 1984-85 and 1985-86 classes rated the occupational/ technical education at PVCC as excellent, while 71.2% rated it as good; (7) most PVCC faculty believed that general education objectives were clearly stated and appropriate to course goals and objectives; and (8) on the average, students enrolled in developmental writing courses made significant progress, while those enrolled in developmental math courses nearly doubled their scores on assessment tests. A timetable for the continued implementation of the PVCC assessment plan is included in the report. (JMC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Piedmont Virginia Community Coll., Charlottesville, VA. Office of Institutional Research and Planning.