ERIC Number: ED354027
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Learning Outcomes Assessment Activities, 1989-1992.
Mathay, Geoffrey A.
In 1987, Seattle Central Community College (SCCC), in Washington, began a 5-year project to gather evidence on SCCC's success in imparting knowledge, skills, and values to its students. This report represents a compilation of major assessment activities and provides brief descriptions of 10 studies on outcomes grouped by specific dimensions of learning. The first section, Fundamentals, describes studies on the correlation between placement tests and performance in English courses, a comparison of student educational background and goals to performance in English courses, an analysis of humanities writing samples, tracking English-as-a-Second-Language students, a comparison of student math performance with their math backgrounds, tracking student progress from lower level to higher level math courses, and a survey of faculty on student writing. The second section, Expertise, discusses a vocational follow-up survey, measuring student outcomes in terms of employment, while the third section, Multi-Cultural Literacy, features a report on a curriculum for cultural pluralism. Critical thinking is the topic of section 4, which reports on a study of the differences in learning between coordinated studies students and students in discrete courses. Section 5 deals with Multiple Outcomes and discusses results of five versions of a self-evaluation of student learning completed by faculty and students from spring 1990 to summer 1992. Appendixes include a list of SCCC student and institutional outcomes reports and activities, a list of other campus student outcomes activities, student learning self-evaluation checklists, research abstracts, and a chronology of student assessment activities. (MAB)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Educational Assessment, Evaluation Methods, Institutional Research, Outcomes of Education, Program Effectiveness, School Effectiveness, School Surveys, Self Evaluation (Groups), Student Development, Student Evaluation, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Followup
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Seattle Central Community Coll., WA. Office of Planning and Research.