ERIC Number: ED448808
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
A Step by Step Guide to Outcomes Assessment in the Connecticut Community Colleges.
Quinebaug Valley Community Coll., Danielson, CT.
The report discusses outcomes assessment plans for Connecticut community colleges. It presents a variety of tools for use in assessing course, program, and general education goals. Demonstrations of competence, measures of quality, and justifications of costs have become essential components of institutional effectiveness. A good assessment plan plays a key role in integrating these components, engaging them in the ultimate goal of improving teaching and learning. Assessment plans can help answer important questions: How do programs meet student and community needs? How well do we achieve programs' goals? What evidence should we gather to answer these questions? How do we interpret this evidence? How do we use this information to enhance teaching and learning? Learning outcomes are statements of what a student is expected to be able to do as a result of successfully completing a course. General education outcomes should be stated in terms that tell directly and clearly what all learners fulfilling general education requirements should expect to accomplish. Methods of assessment that provide direct evidence of learning include the following: student work samples; collections of student work/portfolio; capstone projects; laboratory experiments; and course-embedded assessment. For using assessment to enhance learning, the key is understanding how variety is involved in learning. The guide contains Sample Question for Faculty and Staff Survey and Lists of Verbs for Articulating Measurable Outcomes. (Contains 30 references.) (JA)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Quinebaug Valley Community Coll., Danielson, CT.