ERIC Number: ED379034
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
New Mexico State University at Grants College Assessment and Planning Process.
Leas, David E.
The College Assessment and Planning Process (CAPP) at New Mexico State University-Grants(NMSU-G) combines in a 2-year cycle the processes of assessment of student academic achievement, review of program effectiveness, strategic planning, and institutional development. Virtually all faculty and staff are involved in the process, which features individually designed assessment strategies, and program and institutional development throughout the 2-year cycle. Assessment activities are conducted on an ongoing basis. These activities include classroom assessment and classroom research; as well as assessments of instructional programs, instructional support, adult basic education, student services, outreach services, and institutional support. In addition to assessment activities, focus groups provide the means of developing integrated statements of strengths, concerns, and action plans. Focus group activities occur primarily in the second (i.e., fall) semester of the four-semester CAPP sequence, with groups identifying strengths and concerns related to instruction, student services, outreach programs, and institutional support. During alternate spring semesters, the campus director brings together key players from all college functions to conduct focus group institutional planning activities. All college employees and representatives from the community are invited to participate in a retreat where college-level strengths and concerns are identified and an action plan is developed. Implementation of the action plans may require the following 2 years of the sequence. After the institutional action plan has been fully implemented, the Alpha Group conducts a review of the operation of the complete cycle of the CAPP projects. The role of institutional research in the CAPP process is two-fold: completing institution-wide research projects (e.g., student, employee, and community surveys) and coaching and advising employees in various departments as they develop individual assessment projects. (KP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: New Mexico State Univ., Grants.