ERIC Number: ED431490
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
District Priorities for Institutionalization Project, Narrative.
Palomar Community Coll. District, San Marcos, CA.
This document describes what Palomar Community College District (California) is doing to address a pressing need in higher education: the need to produce more and better student learning in exchange for the state's education investment. The need is especially crucial in regard to the greater number of under-prepared students who are entering community colleges and for whom the community college may be the only open avenue to better jobs. Serious innovation to promote student success requires colleges to systematically assess learning, and then use this information to improve the curriculum. The document presents six objectives established by the district to develop credible learning outcomes measures: (1) develop definitions of core skills and standards for their assessment; (2) develop and pilot assessment of core skills; (3) pilot standards for assessment in the classroom of skills particular to specific disciplines, certificates, or vocational training; (4) institutionalize change to promote student success through the strategic planning process; (5) use assessment of student learning to develop a student success curriculum, student pedagogy, and student success support services; and (6) involve faculty and staff in ongoing discussions and decision-making with respect to student success and inform them about best practices and current research. Following the discussion on objectives, practices are suggested to fulfill those objectives. The document concludes with a design for accountability and evaluation. Contains 17 references. (TGO)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Palomar Community Coll. District, San Marcos, CA.