ERIC Number: ED393507
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Student Academic Achievement Assessment Plan, April 1995.
Des Moines Area Community Coll., Ankeny, IA.
Resulting from a project undertaken by Iowa's Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) to develop course and program competencies for the assessment of student academic achievement, this plan describes the assessment model developed by the college. Introductory sections describe the process used to develop the plan and provide responses to accreditation questions related to the plan's implementation. Next, the cyclical process-based assessment model is described, indicating that it consists of the following four steps: (1) plan, in which DMACC's assessment philosophy was developed, terms were defined, and course and program competencies were written; (2) do, in which the competencies were implemented and distributed to students and a central computer file of competencies was developed; (3) check, involving the assessment of DMACC students prior to enrollment, of the course competencies, and of DMACC graduates; and (4) act, in which benchmarks established in the assessment phase were analyzed to determine implications for teaching and learning and were implemented to restart the cycle with a new planning phase. This section also describes the implementation of the model beginning in spring 1995 and discusses plans to revise assessment plans in the 1995-96 academic year. Appendixes provide a definition of terms, a list of the competency-based education committee members responsible for developing the DMACC plan, a sample form used for developing course competencies, and course and program competency matrices. (TGI)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Standards, Accountability, Accreditation (Institutions), College Planning, Community Colleges, Competency Based Education, Curriculum Evaluation, Minimum Competencies, Program Development, Program Implementation, Self Evaluation (Groups), Student Evaluation, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Des Moines Area Community Coll., Ankeny, IA.