ERIC Number: ED381223
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Institutional Effectiveness Assessment Process, 1993-94. Executive Summary. Liberal Studies Division, Basic Skills, College Transfer, Critical Thinking, Cultural Diversity.
South Seattle Community Coll., Washington.
In the 1993-94 academic year, the Liberal Studies Division at South Seattle Community College conducted surveys of all Division faculty, students in random classes, and 150 former students who had transferred to the University of Washington (UW) to determine their perceptions regarding students' basic skills levels, students' critical thinking skills, faculty practices to achieve cultural diversity, and transfer success. Study findings included the following: (1) in response to the statement that 80% of the students had the necessary basic skills, 12% of the faculty agreed for reading, 33% for writing, 15% for speaking, 30% for listening, and 43% for mathematics; (2) in contrast, 90% of current students felt that they had necessary skills in reading, 89% in writing, 85% in speaking, 91% in listening, and 71% in mathematics; (3) based on responses from 53 former SSCC students at UW, 93% reported that SSCC had helped them meet their educational goals; (4) 72% rated the quality of classroom teaching as excellent or very good; (5) former students rated SSCC faculty as more accessible, more flexible, more caring, and more enthusiastic than UW students; (6) pre- and post-test scores for a critical thinking course offered in fall 1993 and winter 1994 provided contradictory data on the effectiveness of the course; and (7) efforts related to cultural diversity reported by faculty included mixing students from different cultures for small group work, discussing different cultures in classes, and using cross-cultural texts. (KP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: South Seattle Community Coll., Washington.