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ERIC Number: ED350031
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Oct
Reference Count: 0
The Use of Assessment To Determine Instructional Effectiveness.
Bowyer, Karen A.
Southern Association of Community, Junior, and Technical Colleges (SACJTC) Occasional Paper, v8 n2 Oct 1990
In 1988, the American College Testing Program, together with the National Council of Instructional Administrators and the National Council for Student Development, initiated Project Cooperation (PC) to examine outcomes assessment strategies and measures of institutional effectiveness among two-year colleges. The first initiative of PC was a survey of two-year institutions nationwide to identify current and future efforts at student outcomes assessment. Among the two-year institutions designated by PC to serve as demonstration sites to develop student outcomes assessment models were Dyersburg State Community College (DSCC), in Tennessee; Midlands Technical College (MTC), in South Carolina; Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College (OCTC), in South Carolina; and Technical College of the Lowcountry (TCL), in South Carolina. At DSCC, the model includes assessment of the general education proficiency of graduating sophomores, of entering students' basic skills, and of knowledge of DSCC programs, as well as 2-year follow-up studies of alumni, surveys of graduating sophomores, follow-up surveys of dropouts, and community surveys and focus groups. The critical success factors used at MTC to evaluate the college's performance include student satisfaction and retention; post-education success; community economic development; and organizational development. At OCTC, effectiveness is measured through student growth in general education knowledge from college entry to exit. TCL has developed a model assessment, orientation, and advisement program, and an assessment strategy which examines the correlation between entry and outcomes assessment instruments. A detailed review of the PC survey is provided. (PAA)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, College Outcomes Assessment, Community Colleges, Educational Assessment, Outcomes of Education, Pretests Posttests, Program Descriptions, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, School Effectiveness, Self Evaluation (Groups), Student Evaluation, Testing, Two Year Colleges
Piedmont Technical College, P.O. Drawer 1467, Greenwood, SC 29648 ($3).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Association of Community, Junior, and Technical Colleges.
Note: For Project Cooperation reports, see ED 322 946, ED 321 825, and ED 317 238.