ERIC Number: ED434689
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Columbia Basin College Assessment & Effectiveness: Report to the College Community.
Columbia Basin Coll., Pasco, WA.
This report furnishes examples of assessment and effectiveness activities at Columbia Basin College (Washington). In 1997, the college's Board of Trustees began using the Carver Model of policy governance and created a new college mission statement and related end states, which directly answer the question, "What good will be produced for which people, at what cost?" The college also developed a strategic planning model to measure inputs, throughputs, and accountability as tied to the end states and the new mission statement. Assessment and evaluation are conducted across the Columbia Basin College community, including academic and professional programs, general education requirements, facilities, community relations, and student services. The types of activities the college focuses on include: (1) institutional effectiveness, which involves creating a plan that outlined core indicators of effectiveness; (2) department/program level outcomes assessment, such as its nursing department assessment tool and the development of a common final by the Mathematics Department; (3) course level outcomes assessment, including a syllabus project and a "one-minute write"; (4) general education assessment, such as ASSET scores and a statistical analysis of the success of English courses; and (5) accountability/performance funding assessment, which is especially apparent at the Career and Transfer Centers. This document provides an overview of the process used to develop the college's assessment system, the general way in which the assessments and evaluations are conducted, and recommendations for further steps and ongoing evaluation. (EMH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Columbia Basin Coll., Pasco, WA.