ERIC Number: ED387162
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Significant Learning Outcomes: NMC Ends Report, September 1995.
Berman, Jack; And Others
In an effort to determine success in fostering student development as well-rounded human beings, Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) undertook a study of student achievement related to significant learning outcomes established by the college. The study focused on four measures of achievement: results from a spring 1995 administration of the Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP), results from a spring 1995 American College Testing College Outcomes Survey (COS) report, an NMC plan for assessing academic achievement, and outcomes from an Instructional Development and Effectiveness Assessment (IDEA) conducted from 1990 to 1995. Study findings included the following: (1) on the CAAP, NMC students scored above the national mean in each of four academic skills (i.e., writing, mathematics, reading, and critical thinking); (2) regarding the COS, the learning outcome ranked highest by students was acquiring knowledge and skills needed for a career, while this outcome was also ranked highest in terms of students' self-assessment of progress; (3) NMC's assessment plan will be implemented over the coming year; and (4) with respect to the IDEA, students consistently rated their learning in 10 areas (i.e., gaining factual knowledge, learning principles and theories, developing professional skills, learning a discipline's methodology, improving thinking and problem solving skills, developing creative capacities and effective communication skills, gaining a general, liberal education, developing personal responsibility, and furthering self-understanding) higher than the system-wide norm. Results from the COS and CAAP are appended. (MAB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Northwestern Michigan Coll., Traverse City.